Luke Hopkins 2X white water winner at this year’s Tuck Fest!

Luke Hopkins Body Glove Tuck Fest
Body Glove team rider Luke Hopkins taking home two 1st place medals at this year's Tuck Fest in North Carolina!
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On April  21 – 23rd, while much of the paddling world was grinding it out in the surf and back water sections of the Carolina Cup, white water paddlers –  most notably Body Glove team rider, Luke Hopkins – were crushing it at another venue: The Tuck Fest in North Carolina.

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Luke Hopkins charging the SUP Cross course using his Body Glove 3T Warrior shoes to stay close to that board! Photo by: Anne Pagano

Tuck Fest:  A Festival Celebrating Outdoor Sports with Competitions and Live Music

The Tuck Fest is a three day outdoor festival held at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in North Carolina.  Now, in its fourth year, this cool event celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through a multitude of competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music performances.  Tuck Fest competitions include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, standup paddle boarding and adventure racing.  There are more than 20 competitions  during the course of the three day event.

Body Glove Tuck Fest Luke Hopkins outdoor arena
The Tuck Fest holds competitions in its outdoor arena in everything from trail running to Sup Cross. Here is Luke Hopkins making the drop! Photo by: Anne Pagano

Body Glove takes home standup paddle wins

Body Glove team rider and white water paddler, Luke Hopkins, won both the Sup Enduro and Sup Cross competitions.  For both events, he was riding Body Glove’s new inflatable board, the  11′ Outfitter, due out this summer.   The Outfitter is a new inflatable standup paddle board designed by Body Glove to serve both rental shops and outfitter operations.  Luke Hopkins, clearly, made the most out of the Outfitter’s new design by taking home top medals in each of his categories!

Body Glove Outfitter Luke Hopkins
Seeking balance amid the turbulence, the Body Glove 11′ Outfitter inflatable, brought home two 1st place wins for Luke Hopkins! Photo by: Anne Pagano

In addition to having a winning Body Glove board underfoot, Luke was also accessorized by many of the functional Body Glove apparel items that make the brand great, including wearing the 3T Warrior shoes while he paddled.  Once again, proving that Body Glove is a one-stop shopping arena for standup paddling!

Luke Hopkins Body Glove winner
Cheering for their dad all the way, Luke Hopkins proudly stands with his winners … I mean kids, after the competition 😉


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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.