In brief: Ryan Helm has taken out the 8th Annual Rincon Beachboy stand up paddleboard race in Puerto Rico, narrowly edging out Josh Riccio for the second week in a row to make it a clean sweep in the Caribbean; The 1-2 finish mirrows the result at last week’s Coconut Cup in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
I chatted with Josh after the race and he said it was a great event with a great turnout of stoked paddlers. He had a close battle with Ryan the whole way, switching the lead a couple of times before Helm picked up a bump and paddled clear in the closing stages.
Quintin Chiapperino rounded out the top three, just a minute behind Josh, while Victoria Burgess took the women’s victory ahead of veteran racer Heather Baus.
The Rincon Beachboy always attracts a great crowd and this year was no exception, with around 300 paddlers turning out for a fun day on the water. This looks like another one of those “bucket list” events that’s just as much a holiday as it a race.
The Rincon Beach Boy also attracts paddlers of all ages: The youngest paddler was just 4 years old; the oldest was 74.
Results below. You can also find a hundred odd photos of the race over on Facebook.
2016 Rincon Beachboy SUP Race – Men’s Top 10
1th: Ryan Helm (1:07:07)
2th: Joshua Riccio (1:07:55)
3th: Quintin Chiapperino (1:08:58)
4th: Kieran Grant (1:09:24)
5th: Jack Sauve (1:10:08)
6th: Greg Jaudon (1:10:23)
7th: Bill Kraft (1:11:49)
8th: Christopher Norman (1:11:49)
9th: Jeramie Vaine (1:12:40) *12’6
10th: Elvin Maldonado (1:12:54)
2016 Rincon Beachboy SUP Race – Women’s Top 10
1st: Victoria Burgess (1:19:41)
2nd: Heather Baus (1:21:49)
3rd: Mariecarmen Rivera (1:22:50)
4th: Isabelle Picard (1:23:16)
5th: Evelyn Odoherty (1:25:53)
6th: Juliana Perez Laspiur (1:26:16)
7th: Dawn Ehman (1:31:17)
8th: Desiree Hernandez (1:31:44)
9th: Vicky Lowe (1:32:47)
10th: Geraldine Vargas (1:34:42)
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Another race, another 2nd place, congrats @ryanhelm167 on another win! Thanks for motivating me to push harder and realize that there is so much more for me to learn and work on to be a better paddler. Even though I didn't get the results I wanted I can't complain, I've been in the Caribbean for the last two weeks surrounded by great people and enjoying life to the fullest, so psyched that my next stop will be in Florida to hang with family before the first big race of the year at the Carolina Cup! Thanks everyone for all the love, support and hospitality. Aloha ✌️ @roguesup #roguesup #playhardpaddleharder @harimarishoes #harimari #harimarisup #sandals @progenex #supps #rinconbeachboyclassic