The ninth annual Windhaven Insurance Orange Bowl Paddle Championship will take place once again at Miami Marine Stadium Flexpark on May 11, 2019. The event will feature a variety of races throughout the day for paddlers of all levels ranging from novice to expert, both fun and competitive.
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In 2018, both men and women paddle boarders competed in the Long Race which was a challenging 8.13-mile course around the historic Virginia Key in divisions of 14’ board and 12’6” board categories. First place went to Eri Tenorio for men and Seychelle for women; second place went to Josh Riccio for men and Kimberley Barnes for women; and third place was awarded to Sam English for men and Karen Kennedy for women.
Last year’s event also featured a Short Race where paddle boarders paddled around a 3-mile loop in protected waters inside Marine Stadium Basin on Virginia Key; a Novice Race that welcomed all first-time and novice paddlers for a fun 1-mile race on calm water; as well as a Corporate Challenge for four-person corporate teams featuring an “inflate the board” challenge, and a relay race complete with a short paddle course and finishing on land. Each corporate team received its own paddle board to use during the race and to keep.