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Old August 16th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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TC Waterman is this weekend in Traverse City. There will be 2 stand up paddle races through out the day and local companies at the expo and giving demos. I'll be racing at the 3.5 mile Rec Race but if you're interested in the sport and want to check it out come check it out! Hopefully it's a beautiful day!

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good times, good weather. Bad timng for a 24 hour bug.
Race ended up being about 4 miles or so.





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Thanks dear. Results 4th in my board/age class, could have placed better but I blame my extremely heavy paddle that is probably 3 times heavier than the current race paddles...
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how much passing actually goes on once you get on course?

We have an annual canoe race on my parents lake each year, my dad and I originally had differing strategies but in the end he conceded I was correct.

I think paddling is so hard to be "fast" at, so I maintain you have to charge out front early and then just maintain your lead, in the 2 mile canoe race it is nearly impossible to actually make up much ground on anyone. I think part of the problem is the "top speed" of the canoe itself, not necessarily the paddlers.

I imagine the SUP can paddle a bit better than a canoe and speeds vary a bit more between the fast folks and the slower folks?
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how much passing actually goes on once you get on course?

We have an annual canoe race on my parents lake each year, my dad and I originally had differing strategies but in the end he conceded I was correct.

I think paddling is so hard to be "fast" at, so I maintain you have to charge out front early and then just maintain your lead, in the 2 mile canoe race it is nearly impossible to actually make up much ground on anyone. I think part of the problem is the "top speed" of the canoe itself, not necessarily the paddlers.

I imagine the SUP can paddle a bit better than a canoe and speeds vary a bit more between the fast folks and the slower folks?
From my experience you pretty much fall into position with in the first stretch. With the Detroit race I was passing men (who started before women) on just about each of the 3 laps but after the first 2 buoys (I think there 5 or 6 each lap at that race) I didn't change positions with the women. At TC there was a 1.7 mile straight shot to the first buoy and it was a land rush start with everyone starting at once and there was a lot passing going on the entire first 3.4 mile lap, I may have passed 1 girl (from a different class) on the second lap around the buoy course...I don't really recall, I was too focused on just finishing.

In TC the elite started with the rec racers so the elite got out ahead of the rec's pretty quickly. Most elites were done by the time I came in for the first lap.

I think every race would will end up being different depending on the course, the wind, the water conditions.
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