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05/10/2015 @ 7:20 am

SUPvelocity.com Stand Up PaddleBoard Exhibition Race


Jordan Lake, NC

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Sun, May 10, 2015 @ 7:20 am

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Vista Pointe
Jordan Lake, NC


SUPvelocity.com Standup PaddleBoard Exhibition Race
May 10, 2015
Vista Point Family Campground, Jordan Lake
3199 North Pea Ridge Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
7:20 AM start time!

Join us May 10 for the Triangle's first stand up paddleboard race (that we know of)! This 3-mile(ish) race is an exhibition event, limited to 30 participants, designed to promote the sport of SUP racing on the inland waters of North Carolina.

Whether you're an experienced SUP racer or would like to try it out for the first time, this is the perfect event for you!

Carolina PaddleBoard Co. will have pro SUP athlete April Zilg on location to teach a SUP skills mini-clinic, and they'll even have a few demo boards on hand.

Location and directions:

The race site is at Vista Point Family Campground on Jordan Lake.  The address is 3199 North Pea Ridge Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.  If you use mapping software please enter “Vista Point Family Campground, 3199 North Pea Ridge Road, Pittsboro NC 27312.” 
Coming from Raleigh area – take US64 West over the lake.  Turn left (south) on Seaforth.  After 2 miles you will intersect North Pea Ridge Road.  Turn left (south) and enter the park and then drive all the way down to the large parking lot/boat launch area.
Coming from Chapel Hill area – Take 15/501 south to Mt Gilead Church Road and turn left (south).  At US64 continue straight, as Mt Gilead Church road turns into N Pea Ridge Rd.  Drive into the park and all the way to the large parking lot.
Please note: There is another Pea Ridge road on the south side of the lake and a few people always get lost over that way.  We won’t be there!


Registration is $12.00 to cover event insurance and the park parking fee. This is a no frills fun race, designed mainly to give SUP some exposure here in North Carolina --- FS Series has agreed to provide their services at no cost, so when you see the FS Series folk, give 'em a big hug. Okay, that might weird them out, so maybe just give a big ol' thank you. 


Park in the large lot near the start area or the adjacent shelter lot.  Your parking fee was included with your entry fee.  However, if your friends and family arrive much after 7:30 AM they will have to pay a $6 park entry fee (it is cash only at Vista Point) and they'll miss the start of the SUP race.  If you’re competing, please arrive no later than 6:45 to get situated.

Gate will open around 6:00 AM.

Board Drop-Off

If you're not into hauling your board around the parking lot, you can pull up to the sailboat launch to drop off and pick up your board. The sailboat launch is just to the right of the sandy beach. 

Packet pick up

There are no packets to pick up, but you do need to check in & we will have a pre-race meeting at 7:00 AM. 

Course and Map

Here is the course map (http://supvelocity.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/jl_may_paddle_course.jpg) . You can also see the beach where we start and the parking lot where we park. It is a clockwise triangular course.  All right-hand turns.  Keep the buoys on your right. The course is subject to change according to conditions and other events, so be prepared to be flexible.

Start/finish description

We will use a beach start or an in-water start -- be ready for either. To finish you will need to exit the water and cross the timing chip mat at the water’s edge.


We will have a number of safety personnel out on the course. If you need assistance, wave them over. If you spot someone who needs assistance, stop and help them out. Maluhia, y'all. 

PFD's are required under the personal flotation device law 175.15. Leashes are not.

Timing chips

You'll pick up your timing chips on race day -- just go to the FS Series table and let them know you're a SUP racer. They will look at you with awe and then give you your chip. 

We are using disposable timing chip ankle straps for timing and scoring.  Please put this on your LEFT ankle, and leave a finger’s worth of room between the ankle and strap - not super-duper tight in other words.  When you put the strap on PLEASE throw the little tab that comes off in the trash rather than discarding it on the ground – your volunteers and race directors need to clean the area up before we leave, so help us out and keep the State Parks beautiful.  Thank you.

Water temps

You can keep track of Jordan Lake water temps  here: http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/bejrept.txt

Warming up

You may warm up as much as you’d like, but please keep it near the start/finish area.  Be aware that some swimmers may be warming up in the area, and swimmers don't like being run over.

Race briefing

We will hold the race briefing and course description meeting at 7:00 AM at the water’s edge near the finish line area.  After this meeting you will have a few more minutes to warm up should you choose.

Post-race food

We don't have post-race food for this event (hey, you're paying $12), so be sure to bring your own recovery feed, and any feed you'll want for the post-event activities. 

After The Race

Pro SUP athlete April Zilg will be on location to teach a SUP skills mini-clinic to participants, and we may even have a few demo race boards on hand for you to try!

After the clinic, feel free to join us for a social paddle -- we're guaranteed to see osprey, and we may even spot the bald eagle that turned up when we previewed the course.

Promote SUP Racing

This event will precede the Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge, so it's a great opportunity to get the sport of SUP racing in front of hundreds of water-loving athletes.