Photo Credit: OnIt Pro calendar600#1e73be JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember 13 January: Return to the Pier 2018 - Santa Barbara, CA 13 January: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series SR4 - San Rafael, CA 14 January: Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race Winter Series #3 2018 - Alameda, CA 14 January: Third Annual Paddle4Ray - Dana Point, CA 17 - 21 January: La Ventana Classic - Baja, Mexico 20 January: 2018 Painkiller Cup (BVI) - SUP Team Race - British Virgin Islands 20 January: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series RWC#1 2018 - Redwood City, CA 20 January: GlaGla Race - Plage de Talloires, France 25 - 28 January: Lazy Dog SUPFest & "Bone Island" 6-Miler Race - Key West, FL 27 January: 2018 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge - San Diego, CA 28-31 January: Kalama Kamp with Jim Terrell - Coco Beach, FL 31 January - 3 February: Kalama Kamp with Jim Terrell - Coco Beach, FL 31 January - 3 February: Kalama Kamp with Jim Terrell - Coco Beach, FL 3 February: Polar Paddle 2018 - South End Surf N Paddle and ALO - Beach Haven, NJ 3 February: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series SR5 - San Rafael, CA 10 February: NAC Hal Rosoff Classic 2018 - Newport Beach, CA 10 February: Red Bull Privateers - Cape Romano, FL 11 February: Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race Winter Series #4 2018 - Alameda, Ca 17 February: East Coast Paddleboard Championship - Hollywood, FL 17 February: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series RWC#3 - Redwood City, FL 24 February - 3 March: Infinity SUP Skills Camp - Costa Rica 24 February: Lanakila Classic - Seaside Lagoon - Redondo Beach, CA 6-8 April: Wild Buffalo Race Presented by Puakea Designs - Two Harbors, Catalina, CA 27-29 April: Spring Clean SUP Yoga Retreat - Hurricane, UT 9-12 May: Vendée Va'a - France 12 May: Back of Beyond - Moab, UT 16 December: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series SR3 - San Rafael, Ca 17 December: AGUJA CHALLENGE - DOWNWIND SANTA MARTA | SERIES COLOMBIA - Villa Concha, Colombia 17 December: Capital SUP Race Series Event #3: Spa Sprints - Annapolis, MD 30 December: Tecolote 5000 2017 - 5K Multi Craft Paddle - San Diego, CA Race Calendar Races and events are a great way to meet new paddlers, travel to fun locations, try out different boards, and maybe even demo a new paddle craft! Not every race is super competitive and even the ones which are typically have an event for recreational paddlers who just want to get out on the water and complete a course. Standup paddleboard races are conducted on every body of water from the oceans to lakes and rivers. Unlike running which tends to revolve around 3k, 5k and 10k lengths, there are no established distances for standup paddleboard races. That said, in the United States, a distance of around 4-5 miles is a fairly typical distance for an average race. Many races will hold a short course of approximately 1 mile for new paddlers in conjunction with their main event. Races longer than 5 miles are often referred to as a distance race and are only recommended for experienced paddlers. Outrigger canoe races take on a variety of forms from the popular OC-1 and OC-2 canoes commonly seen racing alongside SUPs to the mighty six man canoes (OC-6) used in offshore races around the world. There are even 9-man races, consisting of six paddlers in a canoe accompanied by an escort boat carrying three additional paddlers and a change coach. Per the instructions of the change coach, the escort boat will drop paddlers off in the water and a quick water change is made to swap out 1-3 paddlers at a time. This format is typically reserved for long distance races. Our race calendar includes paddleboard & outrigger races and events from across North America and select events from around the world. Is your favorite event listed? If not, let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also publish a weekly news column listing events from our race calendar.