paddle-barbados-registration-sceneOur second SUP race event of the year was held Saturday June 18th on the beloved Pebbles Beach, home of Paddle Barbados. Low grey cloud hung over the brightly colored tents and beach flags while the organizers put the finishing touches to the liquid race track. The small sandy area in front of the orange registration booth was rapidly filling with aquatic athletes and nervous anticipation for the start of the second Paddle Barbados SUP race event of the year.

Within this pre-race buzz a very special athlete politely pushed his way through the chattering crowd and up to the registration desk to collect his number. For the past few months Stephen Deane has been a part of The Bright Water Kids Foundation’s special needs program where he and his classmates have been learning to paddle board, surf, kayak and snorkel. His participation at the event changed everything. The races were on and the athletes were buzzing, but the nervous energy that hung over the crowd in the early morning had suddenly disappeared and so had the rain.

All of the race categories were well populated and offered enthusiastic spectators a waterside view of some of the most exciting paddle battles seen on the island. The anxious crowd cheered and shouted words of encouragement to their favorite racers while they bumped and jostled for position around sharp buoy turns and sprinted along stretches of turquoise water in the bay.

Of all of the moments in all of the races run that day, the most wonderful was watching Stephen run up the beach and cross the line with his hands in the air and the roar of the crowd behind him for his first place finish. Well done.
Bright Water Kids SUP Racer

Stephen Deane powers in for the win of the day!

Races & Results

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The Elite race had 18 competitors eager to push the limits. The ongoing friendly rivalry between our own Paddle Barbados power house, Adrian Howard and St. Lawrence giant, Ramone Walcott ended with Adrian finishing first. Derek Ince powered in for a very close 3rd place. Also to note, the ladies in the elite category were just as impressive with Sarah Cole plowing through the field in her qualifying heat to finish 5th overall in the final. View Elite Race Photos

Mented-martin-mens-race

The Men’s race with its largest turnout to date had competitors ranging from 14 to 54 years old. The energy was electric and contagious. Once again, Adrian Howard takes 1st place and Ramone Walcott in a very close 2nd, followed by his younger brother Tremayne Walcott in 3rd. View Men’s Race Photos

Womenwomens-sup-race

Although a small number of ladies entered, the competition was fierce and the women were beautiful, strong and exciting to watch. Sasha Knowles defended her champion status from the first event of the year, grasping her #1 trophy and a check for $300! Melanie Pitcher put some serious pressure on Sasha, paddling in shortly after to take 2nd. In 3rd, was Ursula Pannell, a fit, determined and competitive woman to watch out for next time! View Women’s Race Photos

Kids Under 17kids-beach-start-race

The kids were impressive as they pushed through significant headwind. Jacob Binnema, a passionate paddler has his technique down pat and got 1st place easily. Darian Pitcher, renowned surf grom and son of Melanie Pitcher, took a well earned 2nd place and Lukas Lemieux followed closely for 3rd. Alexis Gonsalves, who is no stranger to winning SUP races, proudly took 1st in the girls category and not far behind was a strong Kayla Zimmerman taking 2nd. View Kids’ Race Photos

stephen-bwkKids Under 12

Every entry was a winner in the 12 and under. Our youngest competitors raced furiously over this 200m track. They showed strong sup skills by making one big bouy turn. Competitors in this race were Stephen Deane, Kelsey Pitcher, Brooke Chanderbhan, and brothers: Dario and Enzo Lawrence. Well done kiddos! View Kids’ Race Photos

Family Fun Racefamily-fun-race-winners

Riding tandem, family members raced over 200m. With tumbles reminiscent of your standard 3 legged race, it was highly spirited. Derek and Alexis Ince paddled with grace, taking 1st and winning the coveted prize of 2 nights at The Crane Resort. Deena West and son Jacob Binnema demonstrated excellent technique and came gliding into 2nd to win a family membership to the Barbados Cruising Club. Mermaids, Melanie and Kelsey Pitcher took 3rd, winning a dinner at Surfers Bay and beach towels from Ganzee. View Family Fun Race Photos

Our Sponsors

With much appreciation for the generosity of our sponsors, we bow our heads to you for supporting this event and helping us bring all of the athletes and spectators together for a fun event with great prizes.

Our Photographers

We are so grateful for the talented photographers who spent the day capturing so many  gorgeous photos of our event.

  • Mark Harris
  • Rolf Torsteinson
  • Priscilla Frazier
  • Kobi Talma

 

Live Stream

pebbles-beach-live-webcamThanks to Island Wide Camera Protection, Inc. for setting up cameras and doing all the fancy tech work to provide a live stream of our event. Be sure to check out their continuous live webcam of Pebbles Beach!