For the first time ever, Red Paddle Co Racing are inviting paddle boarders from all over the world to come together and compete in the inaugural Dragon World Series. Regional events will see teams of four battling it out across the globe, granting anyone who competes instant qualification to the Dragon World Championships.
1. The Location
The 2017 Dragon World Championship will take place at the beautiful Carlisle Bay, Barbados. The races will be spread across the famous Pebble beach where stand up paddleboarding has exploded in recent years. 2017 is the ‘year of sports’ in Barbados as declared by Barbados Tourism Marketing inc and will see teams from across the world competing to become the Dragon World Champions.
2. The Board
Red Paddle Co believe team SUP racing is taking the sport to the next level so have designed there first four-person race board; the 22’0’’ Dragon. This board promises to redefine the competitive SUP racing scene with competitors benefiting from the power of eight arms and team camaraderie.
At 22 feet long, 34’’ wide and 8’’ thick, the Red Dragon is a world apart from any other board on the market. Featuring a slim body, high sides, a profiled nose and built using leading MSL© technology, the Red Dragon rises out of the water and slices through the waves whilst being light and easy to transport. It is also covered in an extra-large deck with a large dragon design, warning other competitors to watch out if they don’t want to get smoked!
3. The Mission
Mixing fast, fun racing with a party vibe like no other, this is the first ever SUP team racing World Championships. Red paddle Co Racings mission was to create an event that is inclusive to all. Each race will vary in length and format, designed to not only test speed and power, but team camaraderie coordination and determination! No matter what your riding ability just by entering you could win a prize as one lucky team will be chosen at random alongside the winning team at the closing ceremony.
4. The Races
The Dragon World Championships will feature a variety of races. This includes time trials, an elimination paddle and an obstacle run for those up to the challenge. For the more experienced teams there will be the advanced Dragon Run. This will be an 9km downwind, open – water race from Miami Beach, culminating in an epic finish at Pebble Beach.
5. Country Participation
Since originating in Hawaii, SUP has seen a global growth in participation. The Dragon World Championship wanted to represent this. Bringing together paddlers from across the globe the event allows all nations to unite and share the sport.
6. The Schedule
The schedule of events is tentative and subject to change.
11.00: Dragon World Championship Event Site Opens
11.30 – 16.30: Open Practice Session. Taster Sessions. Guru Bar Support
12.00 – 18.00: Registration Opens. Dragon Run Sign Up
16.00: Mass Paddle/ Special Event
17.30: Welcome Drinks
20.30 Event Site Closes
08.00: Dragon Run Event Site Opens at Miami Beach
08.30: Dragon Run Starts
10.00: Dragon World Championship Event Site Opens at Paddle Barbados
10.30: Dragon Run Finish
11.00: Dragon World Championship Race Briefing
11.30: Racing Begins. Race formats: The Warrior, The Conqueror
15.00: The Warrior Finishes
15.30: The Conqueror Finishes
17.00: Beach BBQ
18.30: Night Exhibition Race
19.00: Dragon Run Prize Ceremony
22.00: Event Site Closes
09.00: Dragon World Championship Event Site Opens
09.30: Race Briefing
10.00 – 14.00: Final Rounds of Races (Double Elimination)
14.30: The Gauntlet Race
15.30: Closing Ceremony and Prizes
17.00: Event Ends
7. Social Media
Red Paddle Co will be posting live updates, photos and videos from the competition on social media. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram and twitter and don’t forget to use the official hashtag #unleashthedragon
Facebook: Red Paddle Co (@Redpaddle)
8. Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI)
Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) has opened their doors to their beautiful country and provided strong support to hold the first ever Dragon World Championships and will be aiding Red Paddle Co Racing in hosting the event.
9. Paddle Barbados
This event wouldn’t be possible without the support from Paddle Barbados. They will host the event in partnership with Red Paddle Co Racing. Paddle Barbados have been working hard in helping to prepare an action-packed weekend for all participants and spectators.
Red Paddle Co Racing will be working with The Hilton Barbados Resort and Sugar Bay Hotel to provide a limited number of reduced room rates of up to 20% for competitors and/or supporters for the duration of the competition. To get an exclusive discount code to secure your booking please register your team before September 3rd.