Simply put, it is Stand Up Paddleboard racing on a closed course... Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) racing is typically done on a long course, most commonly occurring on rivers or along the shoreline of lakes and ocean waters. SUPcross uses the same closed course race track that is use in watercross (aka jet ski racing).
SupXross offers the most dynamic setting found on flat water…period! It bridges the extensive gap between standard “straight-line” SUP races, and the more extreme elements of whitewater SUP racing; by eliminating any unforeseen hazards, and establishing a safe, contained environment within a closed course race track, this allows paddlers (of all abilities) the “SUP-racing ride of their life”!
SupXross will push these athletes to their limits as they take sharp left and right turns, testing their agility and stamina. The closed course features a buoy-marked track that is designed to keep the competition tight and fans close to the action. Speed, technique and determination will all come into play throughout each race, with as many as 20 paddlers negotiating a series of pivot turns and straightaways in this qualifying style of racing that include heats, semi-finals and finals. The vision for having single-lap heats, is to keep the pace as high as it could get in any sports arena. With a short-enough distance to keep the pace at peak level, yet just long enough to allow for contested lead-changes and sudden shifts in momentum, “SupXross” possesses those pivotal moments that will live on in the history of sports forever!
During “SupXross” competitions, racers are assembled into heats of up to 20 competitors at once. They begin the race in an even line, typically starting on the water, yet at some venues there can be a “beach start” where racers charge the water with their board in hand before jumping on it.
There will always be a thrilling sprint to the first buoy turn, in hopes of having a clear path to the rest of the buoys throughout the closed-course! Positioning will be highly contested on straightaways and as racers jockey for position going in to tight pivot turns. Some contact may occur between boards and paddles, however never between the paddlers themselves. As the saying goes…” Rubbing is Racing”!
Paddlers will pursue the top places to auto-qualify for the finals, whereas other paddlers that finish in the top half of the pack, will get another opportunity to still qualify for the finals by racing additional heats. “SupXross” will ultimately demand athletes to possess a diverse array of aggressive board stances, technical paddle strokes, and fuse athleticism with a focused tenacity to achieve victory! It is…without a doubt, the future of flat-water SUP racing!
What are the different color buoys for?
Huge colorful buoys are used to indicate turns in the race course. The Pro Watercross Tour also uses long hot-dog inflatables to mark the merge lane from the split course.
THIS IS A SAMPLE COURSE - RACE DAY COURSE WILL BE DIFFERENT
A red buoy indicates a left turn. Two or more red buoys may be put in a line to form a large sweeping left-hand turn.
A yellow buoy indicates a right turn. Two or more yellow buoys may be put in a line to form a large sweeping right-hand turn.
Buoy colors direct the racer to turn. RED signifies a left turn, YELLOW is for right.
Checkered buoys indicate the Start/Finish line. A rider must pass through these buoys for a lap to be counted.
The penalty buoy is to be used in the case of a missed buoy. The penalty buoy may be any color buoy that is designated by the Race Director and stands out and away from all other buoys on the race course. If a rider fails to properly negotiate, or misses a buoy, that rider must properly negotiate the penalty buoy instead of reattempting the missed buoy.
White/Other Color Buoys:
White buoys or other colored course bouys are used to mark the outside lane of a racecourse utilizing a two-lane split start. White buoys are also used to mark turns on the Slalom event and to mark the merge lane in the case of a “split” type racecourse.
“Hot-dog” inflatables are typically sponsored buoys and can also be used to establish a merge lane on a split-type racecourse. Other Color buoys are often used on the outside of the race course to control boat traffic from entering the racecourse.
PRE-REGISTRATION: July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020
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REGISTRATION: October 1, 2020 - October 22, 2020
Entry fees after 9/30/2020 will be an additional $20 per class.
ON-SITE REGISTRATION: October 23, 2020
Onsite entry fees will be an additional $20 per class.
SAFETY RULES & RACE DETAILS:
ALL race participants are REQUIRED to wear a USCG approved PFD.
Participants are ENCOURAGED to wear a leash and helmet, however not required.
Participants are REQUIRED to abide by age, gender & board-length specifications per registered division.
Participants are REQUIRED to race STANDING UP, yet in the event of a fall & remount, a participant is allowed a minimal amount of forward strokes while seated or kneeling before STANDING again ASAP.
The NOSE of the board must remain behind the start line at the beginning of the race and winners will be based on whose BOARD NOSE hits the finish line first. Please paddle through & clear the finish line! *For the sake of safety and validity, paddlers should finish standing and not kick the board out forward.
Drafting IS allowed, however abrupt contact to the back of another racers’ board is highly discouraged!
Making contact with another paddler or their board using your paddle or body is NOT ALLOWED, and in extreme cases could be grounds for disqualification, however contact between boards from the side rales may occur and is allowed. (As the saying goes...“Rubbing is RACING!”) *Please be RESPECTFUL*
Participants awaiting their race heat are allowed to be on the water while waiting, however are REQUIRED to remain at least 30 feet away from the RACE COURSE during heats. Any physical interference with a participant during their active race heat could disqualify you from your race!
NEW TO THE SPORT
Are you new to the sport of SupXross? What does a SupXross day look like?
A SupXross race day is not like your typical SUP race... competitors will race in 3 individual races called motos, first moto will be 3 laps around the buoy marked course and it will take 5-10 minutes to complete a single lap. The second moto, competitors will do 2 laps and with the third moto being 1 single lap.
SUP racers love this racing format! There is more of a community feel to these events, as the racers take breaks between motos giving them time to get to know your neighbor as you relax on the beach.
Below we have some great tips to make you day better, so join us in exploring this fun and exciting new sport of SupXross…
Knowledge is power! Know where to be and when… this checklist will help you with being prepared for the event weekend.
Register for your race classes online. If you registered online, check-in is required and can be done at the same times listed above.
Typically, onsite register is available: Friday 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.
YOU MUST BE ON SITE, CHECK-IN AND READY TO RACE BY 9:00 AM.
Check Event specific webpage for the Host Hotel and cut-off dates for hotel discounts. Many time the Host Hotel will sell out, so make your reservations EARLY!
Event specific webpages will also have the daily event schedule, which includes times for; riders meeting, practice, tentative start times and any evening activities.