Tuesday, September 15, 2009

NBC San Diego Coverage

SUP, San Diego

Event's winner move onto championships in Hawaii

Updated 7:53 AM PDT, Mon, Sep 14, 2009

Brian Bostrom

Stand-up paddleboard racers turned out in droves for the flat-water race in Mission Bay on Sunday, with the race starting at 11:30 a.m. at Bonita Cove in Mission Bay.

Naish, a paddleboard manufacturer, ran a series of races this summer around the U.S. in partnership with a group of local retailers. The Top 3 finishers -- men and women -- in those races were invited to San Diego for Sunday's series championship.

"I think it went really, well," Matt Willett of Naish said about the Mission Bay race. "Participation was higher than I thought it was going to be -- especially impressed with the open race, which was something we just threw together with the local retailers down here, and they brought out a good 20 people."

More than 50 paddleboarders turned out in Mission Bay for a perfect day on the water. One of the competitors said the sport has gotten much more popular.