After just over an hour of paddling, Mo edged out the in-form Josh Riccio in a photo finish as hundreds of spectators lined the beach, while Aussie veteran Kelly Margetts held off young Frenchman Martin Letourneur by a similarly narrow margin in the fight for third; Garrett Fletcher rounded out the top five podium after outlasting Ryan Helm. → READ MORE
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.
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. → READ MORE
While the race was eventually won by Ryan Helm and Helga Goebel, it was more famous for having 310 competitors (aged between 4 and 72 years old) while also raising a whole lot of money for local charities.
Oh and there’s drone footage in there… what more do ya need? → READ MORE
Ryan finished the 8 mile (12.8km) elite course in just under 1 hour and 10 minutes, though crossing the line just 30 seconds back was rising Californian dark horse, Sean Pangelinan. Mexico’s Javier Jimenez, who trains with Ryan and Fernando Stalla down in Sayulita, showed his fighting spirit to steal third overall on his 12’6, while “local guy” Bill Kraft finished 4th overall to take one for the islands. Over in the women’s race it was Helm’s Riviera teammate, Helga Goebel, proving too strong, beating not only all of the women but almost two-thirds of the men as well.
The 2014 Rincon Beachboy set a new record with a massive 310 competitors (from as young as 4 right up to 72 years old) descending on Puerto Rico’s west coast for the race. The event also helped raise $6,000 for charity, while the top guys and girls got to share in $16,000 cash prize money (which we were assured was paid out on the spot). This race has flown under the radar a little bit in the past, but it sounds like a massive, well organised event so I’m sure it’ll attract a stellar crowd next year. Could this be the Caribbean’s answer to the Carolina Cup? → READ MORE
Last week’s Rincon Beach Boy Classic SUP Race looked to be a great event, with plenty of international paddlers hitting Puerto Rico for the race. One of those was Belar Diaz, the Fanatic International team rider and nomadic Spaniard who seems to pop up at almost every major SUP race around the world.
Click through to get some insights from Belar (who paddled a very solid race) and also watch the excellent highlights video that’s just been released… → READ MORE
Check out some great pics and a video recap of the 2013 Rincon Beach Boy Classic SUP Race, which was held in Puerto Rico last week. Led by Thomas Maximus, Team Riviera were in town and by the sounds of it had a pretty awesome time.
The event has flown under the radar a little bit over the past couple of years, but with $16,000 and some big names featured this year, I’m pretty sure it’ll become one of the must-do SUP races of 2014. So click through to watch the video highlights… → READ MORE
The field was very solid, with Ryan coming home ahead of Chase Kosterlitz (2nd), Nick Leason (3rd), Thomas Maximus (4th), Belar Diaz (5th) and Anthony Vela (6th). Meanwhile Gail Vento was the women’s champ, finishing in front of Kym Freeman. → READ MORE