Recreational SUP Racing. What Is the Schedule and Where In The World Can I Go?

by | Jul 13, 2017

No matter where you go in the world, you will find a SUP race to suit your level of experience. In fact, SUP racing is now taking paddleboarding world by storm. The best thing about getting involved in recreational SUP racing is that even novices can take part.

One of the reasons that SUP racing has become more popular than surfing is that it is more accessible and requires fewer skills. For example, surf beaches are often crowded and you have to rely on the surf. However, paddleboard racing can be done almost anywhere by almost anyone.

In previous blogs, we have focused on where in the world you can vacation with your SUP. Now, let’s look at where in the world you can go to take part in recreational SUP racing.

Recreation SUP Racing for Everyone

Why is SUP racing such a great sport for everyone? Here are a few reasons why:

  • You can start SUP racing even if you have just recently taken up the sport
  • Generally, SUP racing is in a straight line from A to B
  • Races can be held anywhere – on lakes, rivers, canals, and even harbors
  • The body of water doesn’t have to be too large. Something 50m wide by 500m long is enough for a race.

The goal of any SUP race is just to enjoy being on the water in the outdoors.

Who is Recreational SUP Racing For?

You will find that all different kinds of people enjoy recreational SUP racing. As its name suggests, many paddleboarders take part in races for the recreational side of things. Therefore, most recreational racers are in their late 30s or 40s. They have regular 9-5 jobs with commitments to their jobs and families.

Very often, SUP racers get together at the weekends for racing. Not only is it a healthy activity, it helps to put all the pressures of daily life in perspective.

Where in the World are Recreational SUP Races Held?

SUP recreational races are held in most parts of the world. So, wherever you go on vacation or if you want to find a SUP race near you, you are bound to find a race to suit you. Here is a quick rundown of SUP races that are planned for the second half of 2017:


Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Oregon U.S.A.

Bray Lakes Summer SUP race series in the United Kingdom

Paddle 4 the Pool at Lake Charlevoix in Michigan U.S.A.

Paddle at the Porch in Destin, Florida

Hong Kong International


ISA World Championship in Denmark

SUP Bike Run in Clumber Park, United Kingdom

SUP 11 City Tour, Netherlands

British SUP Club Championships, Bray Lake United Kingdom


The Japan Cup, Chigasaki Japan

Red Bull Heavy Water (part of the APP Tour) San Francisco, U.S.A.

Dragon World Championships in Barbados, Caribbean

SUP Racing

Although some of the above mentioned SUP races are for the more experienced, it is just a taste of the many different SUP event that you can enjoy throughout the year. Why not pop down to your local SUP store to find an event near you?