Welcome back, everyone! The days are getting shorter, and we only have a few races left. Who else agrees that summer is to short around here. We could use at least a couple more months of this weather… That being said there was no shortage of longboats in Deep Cove this past Tuesday night! It was the annual doubles races where racers pick a mate and battle it out tandem style. There were doubles surf skis, double kayaks, and even a quadruple paddleboard! The doubles night was a huge success; you could say our attendance “doubled”…
Last Tuesdays course was a rather long a gruelling straighty away which took paddlers south to Grey Rocks the shot right back up north all the way to Lone Rock and returning to the Cove. In total, this course was 8.5KM, and it was no easy feat.
As is tradition, we start with the surf ski division. Even though it was doubles night, the single division was still a competitive and robust pack. Carl “Iron Arm” Tessmann showed up and tried to compete with the doubles. He managed to snag first overall in the singles, but couldn’t hold on to team Putnam. Daryl Remmler was a strong 2nd, and Nathan Middleton is having a late-season push and placed 3rd!
Now for the doubles. Now we all know Bob has been avoiding a few races as of late, but he happens to show up for the one where he’s partnered with Seth. Team Putnam was way to dominate; they toyed with the other doubles as Seth and Bob put on a surf ski clinic. Finishing two minutes ahead of the next double there was no catching the dynamic duo. In total there were ten double teams which made for a formidable competition for 2nd and 3rd. There was a large pack chasing down top positions, but it was the duo of Scott Wanless/Paul Hansen and Brian Page/ Trista Bilmer that took home 2nd and 2nd places. Congrats to all teams that participated!
There were only two SUPs that did the long course this past Tuesday. Jason Bennett, who was on his regular 14″ SUP and the team of Davide, Tim, Adam, and Kim on the Quad SUP. It was quite a sight to see four paddlers on one board. It was almost comical the size of wake they were putting off as Jason was struggling to draft, showing you what four strong paddlers can do when they join forces.
All in all, it was another great night out on the water. A quick reminder that the Indian Arm Challenge is approaching fast! Register while you can our you’ll be missing on a great time! See you all next week!
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