Hey, y'all... it's about time... A hundred and sixty years worth!!  Come to Augusta and join us for the   

 

Augusta Canal SUPer Float

Sunday -- July 31 --1:30 to 4:30pm  

 

This stand up excursion is for everyone -- experienced to first-timers.   

 

>> BOARDS FOR RENT FROM WHITECAP AT REDUCED RATES (for this event only) -- $25. Call or email early to reserve:  chuck@whitecapSUP.com   

>> Or, bring your own board, but please register with me for the event so we can prepare the put-in,take-out vehicle ferrying and communicate more info to all participants.   

 

This ain't no race at all, but it will be good preparation for the SUP race at the Savannah Riverkeepers annual PADDLEFEST event on August 20th on the Savannah River in downtown Augusta. ( See more on that here! )  

We'll do a one-way, downstream trip of about 7 miles. NO, it's not a long way! The current will take you there if you didn't take a stroke!  

  The Augusta Canal is the nation's only industrial power canal still in use for its original purpose. Built in 1845 to harness the water and power of the Savannah River, the Augusta Canal offers history, recreation and unique experiences along miles of towpath, trail and waterway. It is one of the very few National Historical Waterways in the United States. The power afforded by the Canal led to the selection of Augusta as the location for the Confederate States Powderworks -- the only buildings ever constructed by the government of Confederate States of America. The 28 Powder Works structures reached along the Canal for two miles. Some features of that past remain there, along with wildlife above and below the water, that make it one of the most unique inland floats in the eastern US -- and there is no better way to SEE it than from a stand up paddleboard!      

  


Laura Catherine adn me with raft at '10 Paddlefest race

August 20th

SUP Race - Augusta, GA    

@ the Savannah Riverkepers PADDLEFEST     



Paddlefext boardhenge lineup

  Some of the 2010 Paddlefest race participants 

 PaddleFest event details here
REGISTER HERE    

This race is an accessible and fun length for both experienced stand up paddlers and newcomers. Whether you are equipped with a competitive race board or a stock surf-style SUP, the unique aspect of this relatively short, up-and-then-downstream course will offer just the right balance of challenge for the aggressive competitor, yet remain a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone - even if this is your first attempt to paddle any distance at all. This race is not just an endurance grind!  The setting is in an attractive, downtown urban section of the Savannah River with many features along the way.       

Soul surfers w Soul Brother #1

  Lori Hurley (2nd from rt.) was 2010 overall winner: Time - 1 hr-11min-3s  



Visit his hometown and Soul Brother #1 will bless you and your board!

Stand up paddlers will meet the on-coming traffic of the colorful, homemade rafts near the upstream turn around point and return among the rafters, kayakers and canoeists on the downstream home run leg of the course.  

 

  Prizes will be offered for 1st and 2nd place in two classes, men's and women's division of each:    

    > OPEN class -- any board up to 12'6" including displacement-hull touring and race boards

   > STOCK SURF class -surf-style SUP's only.  

 

Reserve a rental or charter board/paddle from Whitecap for this event!  

  

October 14 - 15  

 

Golden Isles Classic logo 2011 

 
St Simons Island, GA (This is the big one!) 

 For more info on this year's race-- and great images and stoke from the inaugural event in 2010...

Go to the website
group of elite racers at 2010 Goldens Isles Classic

  Elite-class racers, 2010 Golden Isles Classic

WPA, ECPA sanctioned race for all-classes. $5000 in prizes in 2010. Award plaques waiting for the winners

winners of 2010 Golden Isles Classic show off award plaques

  The 2010 winners are a who's who list of the national/regional SUP race scene: Kim James, Chris Hill, Frank Dillenburg, Ian McFarland,  Betsy Risner, Jeff Weber, Westy Westenberger, Joe and Mette Mosquera, and Bari Denny were among the winners (not all pictured here.) 

  
   
 


7 SUPs stroll beautiful stretch of Saluda

Sept 24  (or 17th)  

SUP Race -- Columbia, SC

 

Co-hosted by

Whitecap SUP and

California Republic Stand Up Shop of Columbia    

 

First-timers to experts...wahines, groms, and bros...stock surf or carbon race boards...lake cruisers to family fun soft-tops...SUPs that windsurf...SUPs that carry you and your dog... Beg, borrow or rent it -- YOU can race! It's about the surf-culture experience --  get the stoke!    

  

Exact location and all other details to be announced as soon as we figure them out....but it's gonna happen.  Stay tuned!  

dock full of SUPs at Lake Lanier SPLASH race
Post race demo at the Lake Lanier SPLASH series race, June 25, 2011. Events like this could easily be here next year!   

 



SPLASH series SUP race - August 20th - Skidaway Island, GA

 

Sept 24th - Oct 1st -- OBX Trip, annual Whitecap Customer Trip (Outer Banks, NC)

(2 of 14 spaces still open. Call now to reserve. Annual surf-culture trip for windsurfing and SUP wave-riding in perfect conditions,  far away from stress. We got wind, waves, and rock 'n roll on this trip! )  

 

 

 Mahalo,  

 

  Chuck Hardin and Danny Johnson  

         and Allen Hutto in Columbia, SC area 

  Whitecap SUP, LLC   
 >  in Augusta call Chuck at 706-833-9463
 >  in St. Simons call Danny at 912-222-0673
 >  in Columbia call Allen at 803-665-2764

Chuck Hardin ~ chuck@whitecapSUP.com 

Danny Johnson ~ danny@whitecapSUP.com  

Allen Hutto -- allen@whitecapSUP.com  


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