Hosted by Garza Blanca Preserve and Vallarta SUP & Surf
Sunny skies, salty surf and the thrill of competition is coming to Puerto Vallarta this January 26th and 27th, with SUP races open to everyone 12 years of age and older. Paddle boarding is a gentle way to explore the local coastline and take in the mountain views of the city, but not this time. Be ready for adventure, speed and determination to compete in your choice of three different races, the Technical Race, the Relay Race or the Garza Blanca Challenge!
On Saturday, January 26th, begins a day of preparation to get your muscles ready and brush up on your board skills. Garza Blanca is offering a yoga class from 8 to 10 am to get your body in top form for the upcoming races! This is followed by a paddleboard clinic from 10 to 1 to hone your technique and connect with your board on what may be unfamiliar waters for some. Or you can just have fun!
The races begin at 8 am on January 27th! The Technical Race is from 8 am to 10 am, followed by the Relay Race from 10 to Noon and last the Garza Blanca Challenge from Noon to 2. There is no entry fee! Only your registration is required: Paddle Board Challenge website.
The Technical Race
This race is great for athletic beginners or those warming up for the Garza Blanca Challenge! There will be a series of buoys marking a circuit course that will consist of three laps creating a total distance of 2.5 kilometers. Each athlete will go around the buoys one lap, exit the water, follow a guided run, re-enter the water and complete the second lap and so on.
The Relay Race
You will form a team of four people with two men and two women, so grab your favorite adventure couple and hit the waters! Be sure they skills for land and sea as each person will be required to paddle 500 meters and run 10 meters before passing the baton to their partner. The race is not complete until all four members of the team have completed their course and passed the baton.
The Garza Blanca Challenge
Agility and endurance are required in this race as each contestant must run 100 meters through a gauntlet of obstacles along the beach, then swim 100 meters to their board, swim with their board another 100 meters to their paddle and finish with a 1,000-meter paddleboard circuit!
All participants in the Junior races for 12 to 15 years will receive a Certificate of Participation, and the first-place winners will go home with a trophy.
All other races will offer trophies to the contestants who take first place and gift bags to all female and all male first, second and third place winners.
Are you ready to channel your inner athlete and compete for the trophy? If not, don’t worry. You can sign up for the fun of it too!