Red Paddle Co Dragon World Series is happening in Barbados!

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This weekend was the kick off for a whole new brand of stand up paddle racing. The Red Paddle Co Dragon World Series began with a bang in Barbados featuring the 1st ever team tandem sup racing event ever to huge success!

Red Paddle Co Dragon World Series 9K Downwinder

This weekend hosted the dramatic kick-off of a new event, the Dragaon World Series hosted by Red Paddle Co.  In this event, racers ride a tandem board to compete with other teams for the title or World Champs.  The Series is being hosted in the beautiful waters off of Barbados, perfect for stand up paddling!

In a dramatic upset, the fierce team from New York, the Red Ladies, challenged and then won the infamous 9K downwinder.  Race participants lined up at Miami Beach in Barbados and launched their 22-foot long Dragon inflatable tandem sup boards into the surf.  Teams of four then paddled together along the pristine coastline, going head-to-head with contenders, to finish at beautiful Carlisle Bay in the St. Lawrence Gap and home to Paddle Barbados.

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The Red Ladies from New York found a rhythm and a glide to take the wind in the legendary 9K downwind course. Photo by: Red Paddle Co

The Red Ladies, a veritable UN of paddlers from New York including Kaity Wong, Noriko Okaya, Jennifer Hung and Vildan Isildar Manzo, ramped up their competitive edge to eek out the local favorites, Paddle Barbados.  This win is BIG for the Red Ladies as they traveled to the sunny isle just for the weekend to compete.  Charge ON, Red Ladies & Congrats to ALL the competitors for this Dragon World Series event.

Stay tuned for MORE news from Day Two of the Dragon World Series in Barbados!  #Unleashthedragon

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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.