Traditional paddling returns to Salt Creek
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 October, 2014 - With all eyes fixed on the action at the 2014 Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek in Dana Point, California this weekend spectators will notice a new paddlecraft at start line on Saturday. With a solid south swell in the forecast for the 7th Annual Battle of the Paddle, prone paddlers for the first time will charge the pounding shorebreak at Salt Creek along with their stand up counterparts. If it wasn't evident that prone paddleboarding's popularity is on the rise, it is now.
"We added prone paddling because it's a natural to the Battle of the Paddle," commented Barrett Tester, Battle of the Paddle race director. "We have seen the growth of the sport the past several years and know that many athletes enjoy both sports."
Indeed it looks like many of stand up paddling's most notable athletes will be leaving their paddles on the beach and racing alongside some of the world's top prone athletes this weekend. Jay Wild, Morgan Hoesterey, Alison Riddle and a number of other big name SUP athletes (some of which will surprise you!) will be racing their Surftech 12' Bark Commander paddleboards. "The Prone Paddleboard Race is destined to become a world class event as the course is the same as the Elite Race (SUP) and racers will be required to do the run transitions in between laps," added Tester.
Prone or "traditional paddling" has been around since the early 1930's when Southern California lifeguards were racing and training on primitive wooden paddleboards. Fast forward 80 years and traditional paddling will now be in the spotlight and raced by the world's top athletes this weekend at the 7th Annual Battle of the Paddle, otherwise known as the "Super Bowl of SUP".