More than 50 paddleboarders from around the Pacific Northwest brought their boards to White Rock on the weekend, taking part in the Sundog Semiahmoo SUP 7K Classic.
The event, part of the Spirit of the Sea Festival, was held in Semiahmoo Bay Sunday morning, and – aided by the hot, sunny weather – was met with warm regard from the competitiors, race organizer Scott Robertson said.
“They were all stoked,” he said.
“It was outstanding, really – an amazing race.
“It was probably the hottest day of the year, and the water was glassy and perfect.”
Beau Whitehead was the first to cross the finish line, completing the course in 49 minutes. The quickest female paddler was Shannon Bell, who finished in 55 minutes.
The reception for the race – which was a late addition to the Sea festival lineup – has Robertson convinced next year’s event will be even more popular among competitive paddleboarders, many of whom compete on a B.C. circuit.
“It was pretty unreal support from all the racers – they’re all very excited to come back next year. I think we’ll probably be able to double the number (of competitors),” Robertson explained.
Robertson, who owns and operates South Surrey’s Sundog Adventure Sports, is also planning a second White Rock race, which will be held in colder conditions – on Jan. 1.
“We’re calling it the Polar Bear Paddle,” he explained, adding that the new race will be shorter than last weekend’s seven-km event.