Isle Presents "America's Finest" Paddle Race a Success - Almost 100 Paddlers in the event!


San Diego is the ideal location for a paddle board race for its amazing weather and growing paddle board community. And with Isle one of the largest paddle board company's in San Diego who better than to put on a race. In addition to havin fun we also wanted to give back so we chose one of our favorite charities - The Wounded Warriors Project . Founded in 2003, WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.. Its an amazing organization and 5% of all race proceeds went to benefit them.

After months of hard work obtaining permits and getting the word out it was finally race day. Over 50 people registered online and nearly another 50 the morning of the event. We were stoked to see such a strong attendance from the local paddle board community with such a small amount of marketing.

The early morning saw cool temps and calm conditions conditions for the 1 mile "Fun Run" and as the sun popped out from behind the clouds temps began to heat up into the eighties for the longest race of the day - the 3.5 mile and it did not disappoint.

Mr. Mo Freitas from Hawaii fresh off his win in the 18 and under division in the 22 mile O'neill CUP in Lake Tahoe smoked the competition in the 1 mile and gave the crowd an amazing finish in 3.5 mile taking the wins across the board in the 14’ class.

The Relay races turned out to provide the most excitement for the day. The relay was held on 4 Isle Glider paddle boards. Teams of 4 were selected, each consisting of 3 men and 1 woman and with team member to complete 1 rotation around the course and hand off to the next team member. 8 teams signed on and battled it out in a semi round and final. The final round pitted the best 4 teams in an epic battle with a nose to nose finish for 1st 2nd and 3rd place. Rick Ranjo took 1st , Jesse Wright 2nd and Mo Freitas took 3rd missing second by only .19 of a second to the delight of the cheering crowd as they fought for inches down the home stretch . Mo and Jesse made up huge ground in the final lap almost catching Rick before the finish line but it was not to be and Rick snagged the “W”.

Without a permit for audible music everyone was treated to the sounds of the Ukulele duo who kept the live grooves going throughout the event.

The Raffle saw tons of great prizes going out to the crowd with sup racks, paddles, traction, bags, fishing trips, and the Main prize going to one of the happiest little girls I have ever seen! A new Isle 10’6 Race Board & Isle Carbon Pro Paddle – She was stoked!

We couldn’t have asked for a better locale. As Liberty station offered ample parking, lush green lawns, tall palms and calm waters. And you get the bonus 747 Jumbo Jet shooting over the competitor’s heads with the NTC Channel race course situated just off the flight path.

Lets make next years race even bigger! Thanks to All who sponsored and attended – The Isle Crew


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