The ninth annual Windhaven Insurance Orange Bowl Paddle Championship took place at Miami Marine Stadium Flexpark on May 11, 2019. The event featured a variety of races throughout the day for paddlers of all levels ranging from novice to expert, both fun and competitive.
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.