Below is the official press release from Bluerush announcing the 5th Battle of the Bay – October 17/18 2015. For last year event, F-One was a proud sponsor of this amazing event with F-One Pro team racer Arthur Daniel finishing 2nd overall. We hope Arthur can come back this year and push for the top spot ! We are also proud to have Bluerush as a certified F-One dealer in Sausalito. If you live or just happened to pass in the area, pay a visit to Bluerush. They have one of the best SUP shop in the Bay Area.
SUP, Prone & OC1 Race and Expo
The Northern California SUP & Prone Championships
The Northern California OC1 Championships
SAUSALITO, CALIFORNIA, – Bluerush® announces they will host the 5th Annual Battle of the Bay on October 17-18, 2015. For those that missed last year’s epic battle on the world famous San Francisco Bay, you will be thrilled to hear they have secured the same venue. The East Beach at Crissy Field proved to offer both competitors and spectators a venue like none other- mind-blowing views of San Francisco’s greatest treasures- Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, Presido National Park and the Marin Headlands, along with the many challenges the Bay presents- ebbs, tides, sailboat regattas and who will ever forget the ocean liner’s wake?
I reached out to Chase Kosterlitz, elite SUP racer and Battle of the Bay’s remaining Champion, to see what he thought of our new venue. He stated, “The Battle of the Bay is an amazing event in an amazing location. There are not too many SUP races in the world where you can paddle around two iconic landmarks in the same race. Paddling around Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge are sure to be memories that you will never forget. Definitely put this race on your SUP bucket list!”
Bluerush is proud to host the 5th Annual Battle of the Bay, the largest event and expo of it’s kind in Northern California’s, San Francisco Bay Area. Stand Up Paddle boarders, Prone Paddlers and OC1 watercrafts are all invited to take part in this monumental event. Races will include short courses, distance, a kids course and relays. There will be an award ceremony each day with medals for 1st-3rd places in all races with two divisions- Elite and Open.
On the beach spectators can check out the latest merchandise and equipment from our Sponsors, meet the pros, learn about sports nutrition and even take a yoga class. The MC will entertain with music while also broadcasting the action of the racers as they paddle around Alcatraz, down the shores of the Presidio National Park and around the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Battle of the Bay will also again be host to the Northern California SUP & Prone Championship and the Northern California OC1 Championship by combining the lowest race times of this epic two-day event.
On Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th, the Expo will open at 8:00 AM on the East Beach at Crissy Field. Sponsors will have booths showcasing their products and equipment and expert SUP racers will be on hand offering demonstrations. Race times will be determined closer to the date when the BOTB team takes to the water to test the currents and have a better chance of predicting the tides on this years race days.
Bluerush opened in 2010 and was the first, (and still the only) dedicated standup paddleboard shop in the San Francisco Bay Area. Family owned and operated, Bluerush is the leader in supporting and promoting all aspects of the world’s fastest growing water sport. Located in Sausalito, California they offer their clientele hands on instruction and demonstration of equipment from leading SUP manufacturers. They also offer rentals, clinics from Elite SUP racers, as well as host ongoing race series throughout the year bringing the Bay Area SUP Community together in a fun and family friendly environment.
The Bluerush family and our amazing friends share a passion for the water, fitness, competition and the healthy lifestyle that SUP offers all of us. We will always offer the best in SUP equipment for beginners to the Elite race competitors. Each year the Battle of the Bay continues to grow. Our new venue at Crissy Field Beach in San Francisco offers everything a world-class race should. We had hundreds of participants last year and look forward to an even larger turn out this year. We are thankful for those who have continued to help Sponsor this event, some of which have been with us every year.” Steve Pugh, owner of Bluerush.
Last years Sponsors included: Kona Brewery, BOGA, Kings Paddle, F.One, Kialoa, Quickblade, My Creative Juices, Silver Seas Yachts, Blue Water Yacht Harbor, Paragon Commercial Real Estate, Kind, Osmos, Hint Water, Flurowater, ProGrip, Fort Point Beer Co. and the California State Parks & Recreation. They also welcome the support of Red Bull and the St Francis Yacht Club.
Registration is not yet open for Battle of the Bay, however Bluerush holds local events throughout the year. March 1st, April 4th and May 17th Bluerush will host the Northern California SUP CUP.