Battle of the Paddle California coming up!!!




EXPO closing soon !!!

Market, promo and sell at the



 BoP SUP Expo Form


Elite Race, Open Age-group Race, Distance Race, Kid’s SUP Race & SUP Surf Relays

Racers register asap so we can guarantee your spot in the races. Due to overwhelming demand, safety and permitting issues we ask all competitors to register sooner than later so we can order sandals, tees, jerseys and food for the event.  If you wait until the event dates to register we cannot guarantee we will have your specific sandal or tees size available and the entry fee will be more expensive. Register online @:

Eventbrite Registration

Battle of the Paddle-click here



A United States SUP Team will be selected based upon the results of this year’s BoP CA races.  This team will travel to Peru this winter to race in the First-Ever ISA World Standup Paddle and Paddleboard Championship.  Stay tune for further details


Peru event information  


IMPORTANT ELITE RACE UPDATE: Elite Racers please note that new this year will be heats & finals.  The Elite Race heats will start prompty Saturday morning with Heat # 1 at 9:00am & Heat #2 at 10:00am.  We will be advancing a minimum of 25 men & 10 women per heat into the Elite Race Final @ 2:00pm.

Heat seeding will be administered off last year’s BoP CA results. If you finished with an odd numbered placing (1st, 3rd, 5th …) in the top 50 men or top 20 women you will be in Heat #1. If you finished last year with an even numbered placing (2nd, 4th, 6th…) you will be seeded into heat #2. All other Elite Race entries will be randomly assigned to either Heat #1 or Heat #2.  



All racers, sponsors & exhibitors are invited to the party

Lots of food, drink & great music.

@Hobie Surf Shop 34174 PCH Dana Point, CA  

Friday Sept. 23 from 5-9pm

This event will be the last opportunity to register for the BoP at  pre-registration prices.


Proceeds from the Battle of the Paddle benefit the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association 





Doheny State Beach, CA, USA

Sept. 24 & 25, 2011  


 Dana Point, CA – (August 2, 2011) — The 4th annual Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez BATTLE OF THE PADDLE returns to Doheny State Beach, September 24 & 25, for the greatest battle yet.


Registration is now open for the SUP Expo and races with 1,000 participants expected to gather for the weekend of SUP festivities, including races worth $25,000 – the largest offering in the sport.


The stand-up paddle phenomenon known as the Battle of the Paddle first ignited at Doheny State Beach, California, back in 2008. Since then, the ingenious formula of high energy races and stand-up paddle (SUP) exposition has become the heart beat of an industry and the pulse of a global lifestyle.


To accommodate the growing number of elite level athletes, Rainbow Sandals will introduce qualification heats for the Elite Race final in September. Doheny State Beach, as part of the California State Park System, offers the ideal venue to accommodate swelling numbers of athletes and a sea of spectators.


The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is an SUP festival and lifestyle exposition that includes races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels. From beginners, to family and company relay teams, to high intensity elite competition, Battle of the Paddle is the showcase for the world’s fastest growing water sport.


The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is proudly supported by California State Parks; DSBIA; Clif Bar, Duke’s Restaurant; Hobie Surf Shop; Maui Jim Sunglasses; Kona Brewing Co.; Patagonia; and Riviera Paddleboards.




Free SUP Expo:

Meet the world’s best shapers and manufacturers, check out their latest board designs and paddle innovations and purchase these goods at steep discounts.  Naturally there will be demo boards and paddles of all shapes and sizes available for those who want to perfect their stroke or even try SUP for the first time.


Kids Activities:

The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association will be organizing kid’s activities and expo throughout the weekend.   If your kid is open to maximum fun, have him/her enter the Kid’s SUP Races being organized by Keli Outrigger & Paddles Sports.


 Elite Race:(Saturday)

Featuring the world’s best SUPers including prior champions Danny Ching (Redondo Beach, CA), Chuck Patterson (Dana Point, CA), and Jamie Mitchell (Australia). Expect loads of excitement, thrills and spills as the top paddlers put it all on the line for cash & glory.

The course is a multiple lap circuit that includes paddling through the surf and beaching equipment for a short, flagged sand run.

2010 Champions:Danny Ching, California (men) & Candice Appleby, Hawaii (women).


Open Age-Group Race: (Saturday)

Open to everyone! The course is a friendly, fun and moderately challenging buoy course. Entrants can paddle any board of their choosing, including surfboard class, 12′6″, 14′ and Unlimited.

You can expect a record number of entries. Don’t miss out on being a part of history!


SUP Distance Race: (Sunday)

Competitors include a mixed bag of international talent and local hopefuls.

The Course is a scenic but challenging 10-mile course from Doheny State Beach to San Clemente Pier, and back.


SUP Surf Relay Race: (Sunday)

Includes prize money.  Last year over 160 paddlers participated in the relays and had an incredible amount of fun doing it. Grab some family members or co-workers, maybe even a few new friends you’ve made on the beach and give it a go!


Everyone who enters The Battle of the Paddle will receive a free pair of Rainbow Sandals, event tee and lunch. All event proceeds to go to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.


Whether you’re racing for the prize or just getting started, the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez’s Battle of the Paddle is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Southern California’s original surf lifestyle, and the dynamic new surf paddle sport known as SUP.    



Sparky, Gerry, Pat & Barrett 




Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez
Battle of the Paddle California
DATE: September 24 & 25
TIME: 9:00 A.M.
LOCATION: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA
Online Registration:
 Click here

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