We dodged rainstorms not even a mile from the beach. Ominous clouds circled their wagons to hold in the humidity. Flukey winds and confused undertows tickled the waves. Then the skies opened, the winds settled, the currents behaved, and the events were on.
Roray Kam, Hawaiian raised life long waterman and SUP pioneer in South Florida, invited us to cover the 8th annual Sunshine SUP Series in Pompano Beach, FL. This was the second race this summer. Despite the weather’s potential, over a 100 participants jumped in to paddle their hearts out. Cash prize winners for best in class surely didn’t dampen the pros motivation.
Roray and crew definitely know how to put on a beach event. Races ran smoothly. Support members handled the beach and water like a well oiled pit crew. The small city of sponsor tents was a hub of activity and shade. Delicious post race meals quieted hungry racers appetites. And the kickin’ band played throughout.
When you throw in a sister event kayak fishing tournament, obstacle course competition, beach volleyball backdrop, board trials, and surf SUP workshops, it would be a tragedy to miss a Saturday like this.
Plan ahead for next year’s Sunshine SUP Series. You can find information on our calendar. Or, RK Ocean Sports. For more photos, check out our Facebook page.