With another epic Battle of the Bay in the books we are already reflecting back on the good times, good folk, and good fun. Blessed once again with great weather we are so thankful for the vibrant community that makes up our sport.(photos by Nicolas Osterman, OnitPro, Mike Wang, Melinda Gonzalez)
The day dawned with the perfect recipe of unseasonably warm weather and an unreal forecast of North winds. The prevailing westerlies reach 20 mph every day in these parts and so to have the first leg of the race be a down-winder is a piece of luck that had us running to buy lottery tickets after the event wrapped up. The courses were set up to keep the competitors away from the shipping lanes and a good thing that was with a Navy Aircraft Carrier and a Cruise Ship both coming in back to back while everyone was on course. This also made for some extra battle waves for everyone to tackle, but that’s the extra challenge that makes this race special.
Speaking of special we had some of the world’s top competitors here vying for their piece of the $12000 purse and it was SIC’s Seychelle book-ending her recent win in the 11 City Tour with her first Battle of the Bay Title and the $3000 dollars that goes with it. Starboard’s Michael Booth has been on a tear recently and that momentum rolled right in to San Francisco with him as he took down top honors. The Battle of the Bay is proud to have equal prize money for men and women so Boothy also rolled out of town $3k richer.
Events like this could not be pulled off with out the help of the people and the business that make up our sport. Our title Sponsor is one we are not only grateful for but proud to be associated with. Starboard’s leadership in protecting our environment, their passion for performance products, and the cadre of incredible people that make up this company make it one we are fortunate to work with. A special nod to Patrick Alteri , Starboard’s boots on the ground for a bit too many things to list here.
Supporting the businesses that support our sport is called the “Flywheel Effect”. When you are the store and you need hydration and a snack you grab a Hint Water and Kind Bar. You do it not only because they have supported us from the very beginning but they also put out the best products. Speaking of great products and people the team at OnIt Pro was out in full force. The team showed up and buffed out boards fore speed the night the opening party. Then on race Erik and Zophia did the same to a queue of boards that looked like a line at a free ice cream stand in a 3rd grade playground. Bluewater Yacht harbor in Sausalito has one of the best places to store your gear at the waters edge on San Francisco Bay. Thanks Bluewater!
This years event benefited Ocean Of Hope. We sure do miss all our friends who have lost their battle with cancer. You can help by Donating To Ocean of Hope Right Here
The team that actually ran the event did so with speed and efficiency. Megan Thomas was making sure all went smooth at the pre race party registration and the day of racing. Like a well oiled machine helpers Renee Hoyer Nielsen, Jen Fuller, and Gary Leong made sure all the t’s were crossed and I’s dotted.
One of the things key to the Bay Area’s SUPsuccess has been the strength of the local shops. The camaraderie and team work among these shops has created an environment where cooperation benefits the community as a whole. Leading the charge is Mike Wang over at Mike’s Paddle in Alameda. Mike was there on the ground digging the ditches that made the event happen. Mike brought his team in to help and with Cary Bond handling the MC duties and Shannon Macdowell tacking all that needed to be done it was smooth sailing all day long. We know they wanted to be out on the race course with us so we can not say thank you enough! (pictured l-r Mike Wang, Team Rider Shirley Heineman, Shannon Macdowell, and Cary Bond)
The F-One Manera Sausalito team (pictured below) hosted clinics and sponsored the event right alongside 101 Surf Sports team who hosted the pre-race party and clinics as well as providing some of the event marketing. Dan Gavere did the live broadcast much to the delight of the other Open division racers who did not have to race him. Dan also brought Werner to the party and tempted the crew with their newest offering the Apex Paddle with free demos and clinics before and after racing.
Thanks to pro cat herder Barrett Tester who wrangled the wily bunch in to on-time starts and early finishes. Our biggest atta-boy has to go to Stephen Pugh at Bluerush. His long-range vision for this event paired with his blood, sweat, and yes even some tears over the past 8 years has made this event what it is. Thanks Stephen!
We know we have forgotten some folks as it was truly a community wide effort to make this happen. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help and to all the racers that raced. And once again thanks to our sponsors. We appreciate it all and can’t wait to see you next year!
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1st: Michael Booth (1:06:14) Starboard/Australia
2nd: Ty Judson (1:07:07) NSP/Australia
3rd: Enzo Bennett (1:07:23) 425/Tahiti
4th: Georges Cronsteadt (1:07:24) 425/Tahiti
5th: Connor Baxter (1:07:25) Starboard/Hawaii
6th: Josh Riccio (1:08:44) F-One/USA
7th: Itzel Delgado (1:08:45) Infinity/Peru
8th: Ryan Funk (1:10:34) Starboard/USA
9th: Matt Nottage (1:10:43) Starboard/Australia
10th: Davide Ionico (1:11:19) Fanatic/Italy
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1st: Seychelle (1:10:49) SIC/USA
2nd: Jade Howson (1:10:54) SIC/USA
3rd: Fiona Wylde (1:11:43) Starboard/USA
4th: April Zilg (1:11:44) USA
5th: Olivia Piana (1:13:57) France
6th: Jenn Lee (1:14:49) NSP/Hawaii
7th: Adel Umannova (1:23:54) 425/Czech Rep.