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Competition Heats Up for Race Series Finale

Woman racing on paddleboards

This Thursday at 5:30PM, Outside Hilton Head will host the final installment of their of the Fun! Fast! Free! Paddleboard Race Series.  The event will take place at the Outside Hilton Head Outpost in Shelter Cove Marina. The Paddleboard Race Series has been conducted each Thursday so far this month, with over 45 racers participating.  The free community events benefit a local non-profit, The Outside Foundation, through donations from racers and spectators. Whole Foods and Outside Hilton Head donate snacks and beer for the events.  The events are open to all ages and skill levels, with kids races being conducted per demand.

“I would encourage everyone, no matter their paddleboarding experience, to come out and race with us this Thursday. The event is relaxed, family friendly and packed with laughs! All races are ‘one-design’ which means that everyone uses identical equipment, all of which provided by Outside Hilton Head.  The races are a very short sprint course, usually taking no more than 5 minutes to complete. All you need to bring is yourself, some clothes you don’t mind getting wet, and determination! This Thursday will be our last race day of 2014, so if you have been curious to see what paddleboard racing is all about, this is your chance!” said Jessie Renew, the Paddleboard Race Series Event Coordinator.

The Paddleboard Race Series runs a cumulative points system, with 5 points for participation, 2-4 points for placement and 1 point for fun bonus rounds. Each racer can earn up to 10 points each race day. Current standings for the Paddleboard Race Series have local Sean Wood leading the men’s division with 19 points.  Lucy Margou leads the ladies with 24 points.  Men’s second place is a tie between Justin Wooten and Philip Balvocius, with 18 points each. In women’s second place, with 23 points, is reigning champion, Shannon Heringer.  Men’s third place is Mark Wray and ladies third is Ohio native Randi Williams.

The Fun! Fast! Free! Paddleboard Race Series is the fourth series Outside Hilton Head has hosted since initiating the program in 2013.  Since its inception, over 115 people have participated in the events.  Racers and spectators are mostly local residents, with some tourists and seasonal residents attending as well. Prizes for series winners are provided by Outside Hilton Heads extensive vendor network.

What: Fast! Fun! Free! Paddleboard Race Series Finale

When: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Where: Outside Hilton Head Outpost in Shelter Cove Marina

Who: All ages and experience levels

How Much: Free!

For more information call Outside Hilton Head at 84.3686.6996

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