We liked the idea of putting on a longer race on the North Shore and Sunset Beach to Haleiwa seemed perfect because its downwind and at 7 miles a little shorter than the Hawaii Kai run. This will provide a good challenge for accomplished paddlers yet stay within reach of those starting out racing since the water is not as rough as the Hawaii Kai run. We also wanted to start the race at noon since at all the North Shore races when we are getting the awards that is when the wind starts blowing! This race will also be a World Paddle Associaton sanctioned SUP race and is the Regional Qualifier for the Hennessey International Championships in September. This provides Hawaii Racers a chance to qualify for the Hennessey in Hawaii without having to qualify at the Hennessey July 9th National Championship Race. Hawaii racers can also earn points and compare themselves to other racers nationally in their division. Of course we also need to help a worthy cause and Defend Oahu Coalition was a natural because we are in their backyard and want to KEEP THE COUNTRY COUNTRY! You can get more infomation including course maps and instructions at http://www.wetfeethawaii.com/race.html and download an entry form or follow link to enter online. See you there!!
The 2011 Hawaii Race Schedule is here:
2011 marks the first year of WPA sanctioning for SUP races in Hawaii which puts Hawaii racers on equal footing with mainland racers if they want to qualify for the SUP World Champs in September at the Hennessey. Hawaii racers can also accumulate points on the national ranking system. Check http://worldpaddleassociation.com/
Wet Feet will also be putting on a new race on June 11th. It will be the Hawaii WPA Regional race and will be a Hawaii Kai Run with lots of prizes and a good cause to help.
With the new year comes a new season of racing. The Holiday Burn Off race hosted by Pa’a officially starts off the Honolulu race scene on January 8th. (For a complete list of Hawaii races along with races around the world, check out www.allsupraces.com).
For may people, the races are intimidating. We get a lot of people coming in to the shop saying that they are afraid to do the races because they feel they aren’t ready to paddle out that far, aren’t fast enough, or fit enough. In a effort to get everyone ready to have a safe and fun race season, Wet Feet has put together a few training groups to get everyone ready to get out there and paddle.
Spring Training Group:
January 8 – March 5, 2011
8 weeks: 3 one hour sessions per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to prepare for the upcoming race season.
*Stretching and flexibility on land
*Strength and conditioning for SUP
*Race practice and paddling technique
Race Season Readiness Training Group
March 5- May 29, 2011
12 Weeks, 3 one hour sessions per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to get into shape for the race season
Training programs include:
*Weekly workout schedules provided via e-mail
*Emphasis on speed, agility, technique and endurance
*Workouts will get longer and more intensive each week leading up to a taper for the Battle of the Paddle Hawaii
*Ultimate goal is to be race ready
Program will feature:
*Speed: Pairing up with people of like speed to add friendly competition to the training program. Learn what it feels like to race instead of just paddling hard.
*Strength and Flexibility: Dryland training to strengthen muscles used in padding and flexibility for warm up and recovery
*Agility: Board handling work including turns, bumps, and crowds.
*Technique: Paddling technique for efficiency, turning technique and footwork
*Endurance: Long weekend paddles to increase endurance
Give us a call at the shop 808-373-7873 for pricing and more information