The ancient sport of kings in Hawaii, standup paddleboarding, has come to the Comox Valley.
Twenty-two competitors from around the Island took part in the first standup paddleboarding race in Canada, according to spokesman James Robinson.
“We were very excited by the great turnout for the first event,” he said.
The weather was perfect, not a cloud in sight and a good southeast wind, which made the race a real challenge, as it made waves on the outside leg of the race. That allowed the competitors to use their surfing skills as well.
The open men’s course was a little over five kilometres, which included a portage across Goose Spit. There were 11 in the class, which was dominated by the Robinson brothers. Stuart was first, followed by Andrew.
There were also Super Groms (nine to 12 years old) and in first place was Dustin Raume and in second, only feet back, was Josh Brooks, both from the Valley.
Groms 14 to 17 years was won by Ian Giroday of Cumberland. In second place was Riley Richters from Lantzville.
Then came the women, nine in all and some of whom had never raced a board before. The race was for the most part closely fought with Racheal Haeroget of Victoria in first place, closely followed by Tara Peddie of Parksville.
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