Stoke Report: 2017 Pacific Paddle Games

Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life stand up paddle race Dana Point
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The 2017 Pacific Paddle Games launch this weekend in Dana Point, CA. The grom chargers are frothing to go, the open course holds new excitement and technical skill and, of course, the top pros on the planet are present to make THIS event the most exciting in the world.

Here’s the schedule of events and timetables so YOU can stay abreast of the ACTION.

Mo Freitas Pacific Paddle Games Glenn Dubock
Mo Freitas takes the surf zone buoy by storm in the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games Photo by: Glenn Dubock

Pacific Paddle Games:  Race Descriptions and Time Tables

TIME:  Saturday 11:00-11:30AM

We open this year at the PPGs where we should – with the groms.  The 2017 Youth Technical Course will include 6 turns, using a mixture of rights and lefts. All turning buoys will be outside the surf zone. Competitors will start on the beach, charge through the surf making a left turn on buoy #1. Turn #2 will be a right shoulder turn around the large yellow, U-shaped PPG buoy. This is followed by a left turn on buoy #3, right turn at buoy #4, and a left turn on buoy #5. After buoy #5, competitors will make a right turn on buoy #7, head towards shore, finishing on the beach.

OPEN TECHNICAL (2.4 miles)
TIME:  Saturday, Men 11:30AM-12:30PM/ Women 12:15PM-1:15PM

All Open competitors + Pro Prone Men & Women
The reformatted and longer 2017 Open Technical Course features 6 turns per lap with a mixture of right and left shoulder turns. All turning buoys are outside the surf zone. Competitors start on the beach, make their through the surf to a left turn on buoy #1. Turn #2 will be a right turn around the large yellow, U-shaped PPG buoy. This is followed by a left shoulder turn on buoy #3, another right turn at buoy #4, and a left turn on buoy #5. On the first lap, competitors will make another left turn at buoy #6 which is the small U-shaped PPG buoy. Following the same course for lap two, after buoy #5 competitors will make a right turn on buoy #7, head towards shore and finish on the beach.

TIME:  Saturday, 1:45PM – 3:34PM

PRO TECHNICAL (1.2 miles per lap)
TIME:  Saturday, Men 1:45PM-3:45PM / Women 3:45PM-4:45PM

Men Pro, Women Pro, Pro Jr Men, Pro Jr Women
The Pro Technical course is designed to challenge competitors’ speed, surf skills, and change of direction. In each heat excepting the finals, paddlers will complete two laps of the “bow tie” shaped course which includes a mix of right & left hand turns, and features two buoys inside the surf zone. These two buoys in the surf area will be situated just off the beach in water deep enough to execute a turn, not directly in the impact zone. Pro Men & Women finals will be 3 laps. Two laps: 2.4 miles. Three laps: 3.6 miles

2016 Hammer Buoy Pacific Paddle Games
The Hammer Buoy is often the most strategic turns on the race course. This buoy, deliberately placed in the surf zone, creates pivotal movements within the race. Photo by: Glenn Dubock

DISTANCE (6 miles)
TIME:  Sunday 8:30-11:30AM

With a water start, paddlers will make there way south to turning buoy #1 which will be 1.4 miles from the start. After rounding buoy #1 with a left shoulder turn, competitors will head to buoy #2, make a left turn on Buoy #2 and buoy #3, then head south to the southern most turning buoy (#1). On the second lap competitors will make a right shoulder turn at buoy #4 and proceed to the finish line. The Distance Course features a buoy (#2) where the crowd will be able to see the racers position after the first of two laps. Competitors must complete the course in under 3 hours

TIME:  Sunday, Men’s Technical Semi Final 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Sunday, Pro Jr. Technical Finals 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Sunday, Women’s Technical Finals 2:00PM – 2:30PM
Sunday, Men’s Technical Finals 2:30PM – 3:30PM

TIME:  Sunday, Team Relay 3:30PM-4:30PM

AWARDS:  All awards
TIME:  Sunday, 4:30PM – 5:00PM


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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.