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Stand-up paddling event at Doheny Beach introduces sport to newbies, supports seasoned athletes

Shown (L to R), Brad Kingsley and Donny Denton, of SIC Paddleboards chat with Rick Ranjo, who was eager to act as a “test pilot” for one of their boards at Camp SUP on Sunday.
Shown (L to R), Brad Kingsley and Donny Denton, of SIC Paddleboards chat with Rick Ranjo, who was eager to act as a “test pilot” for one of their boards at Camp SUP on Sunday. Photo: Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Swayne

The first ever Camp SUP at Doheny State Beach last weekend is being referred to by organizers as the “first annual,” an early dubbing that speaks volumes on how successful they feel the event was.

Presented by SUP magazine and lifestyle/apparel brand Salt Life, Camp SUP was organized with the intention of introducing new people to stand-up paddling, helping those already into the sport improve and to assemble a large variety of brands of equipment for anyone with an interest to try.

Classes from yoga and fitness to stroke technique and surfing were taught by some of the greats in the sport, including SUP pros Dave Boehne (Infinity, Dana Point), Gillian Gibree (San Diego), Connor Baxter (Hawaii) and Nikki Gregg (Oregon).

Will Taylor, managing editor for SUP magazine, said in a post-event statement that he was happy to see the paddling community come out in great numbers for this first of its kind event.

“Paddlers had everything they needed to have fun—from boards to paddles to apparel,” Taylor said. “The vibe on the water was awesome as well.”

More information, photos and a recap video can be found online at www.supthemag.com/camp-sup.

Click here to see a photo slideshow from the event.

 

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