Welcome to the 2016 Triple Crown of the Upper
Whether you are and experienced SUP racer or
new to the sport, you’ll have a lot of fun here and we are glad you are joining
A few reminders before you pack to head down
here: The USCG requires
you to have a PFD and a whistle on board, and kids ages 13 and under are
required to wear one. Remember that this is the Keys, so think sun protection
Round 1 & 2 of this race will be on
Saturday, Sept. 17th at PADDLE 88 88000 Overseas Highway Islamorada
Round 3 will be on Sunday September 18th at
Registration starts at 8 am, for the 11:00am
start. NOTE: the first race is a mass start 1 mile sprint. Kids race and other events to follow.
The adult races will not be on a closed course, so you might encounter
Race divisions and categories are: (based upon
last year’s participation)
OPEN – beginning racers (any board) – flying
mile and PADDLE 88 BoardX Challenge on Saturday and short distance race 2
– 3 miles on Sunday.
Elite – experienced racers - flying mile and
PADDLE 88 BoardX Challenge on Saturday and long distance race approx. 12 miles on
Sunday (the new around the world course)
SUP Surfboard 12’2” max
12’6” Men and women
Juniors (13-16) on a 12’6” and under on the
short course only*
Kids (12 Under) on their own course.
5 racers required for a category. We will
split any category that gets more than 12 racers. However after the first
round, we will keep the classes throughout the series in order to score for the
overall series winners. Promoter may also consolidate classes at their
Awards and prizes will be given to the top
three racers in each category.
All events will start and finish at PADDLE 88
Beach. There is limited onsite storage for both Friday and Saturday
Saturday rounds 1 & 2
Round 1 - Flying mile – 11:00 AM start. Mass
paddle out to the start and the finish line will be back at the beach. NO
DRAFTING FOR THIS EVENT! This will be run by class. Classes to be run in the following
order: 14’ Men, 12’6” women’, 12’6” Men,
Open Class Men, Open Class Women, Other
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch and demo time.
Round 2 - PADDLE 88 BoardX Challenge – 2:00
start. This will be a short race but with lots of twists and turns to challenge
your board handling skills. Part obstacle and part sprint with a lot of
buoy turns thrown in for good measure. We will run the classes separately
for this event. This event will be held on Yolo Hammerhead boards that
PADDLE! will supply. Contact and close racing will be exciting for all.
5:30 pm Round 1&2 awards ceremony
Saturday night party on the beach. Bring
your drums, or other instruments and a beach chair and hang out on PADDLE 88
Beach. Have dinner right at the restaurant.
Sunday – around the world course. With
a 10:00am start, we will be doing a course which will be appox. 10 miles long.
Open Class racers will be doing a 3 mile course.
Trophies and crowning will take place
immediately following lunch break. Awards for Round 3 race as well as
crowning of the overall champions.
SUP racing is a strenuous activity. You alone
are responsible for your safety, so if you have any medical concerns, please
check with your healthcare provider before attending. This is an ocean
environment, and any condition that causes you to faint or loose muscle control
can quickly result in you drowning. Please wear a PFD if you have any
The promoters of this event are committed to
supporting participation of individuals with disabilities in all of our
classes, tours, and events, and we will make every effort to make this an
accessible event. If you require accommodations, please let us know what we can
do to make participation possible for you.
Sprint, and paddle 88 Challenge 25 each race day 35 each
Distance race - Short distance 50 race day 60 - Long Distance 75 race day $85
Point system for race:
Each round will be scored separately.
The racer with the least points in his/her class will be the overall
winner. The points will be awarded as follows:
1st place – 1 point
2nd place – 2 points
3rd place – 3 points
all other participants will receive 4 points
In the event of a tie, the person who has the
best finish at the final will be awarded the overall trophy.
Only racers who do all 3 races will be
considered for the overall award and wear the crown of Triple Crown champion.
This is a fun family style event, however
issues may arise. The event promoter has total authority over the event
and their decisions are final and must be respected. Please realize that
they have given of much of their time to provide a safe and fun event and if
you don’t like the way things are being run then you are welcome to do your own
event and do it the way you think is best.