Saturday, May 14th will see a unique event in China’s tropical island province of Hainan, when Surfing Hainan holds their first Stand Up Paddleboard & Run Biathlon. Competitors will use Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) to paddle for five kilometers along the shore in Sanya Bay, and then run five kilometers on the sandy beach.
Stand Up Paddleboarding is an offshoot of surfing, in which riders use very large surfboards, around three meters long, and stand on the board the entire time, using a single-bladed paddle to propel themselves through the water. SUPs can be used to ride waves, like traditional surfboards, or for flat water paddling. Flat water paddling on SUPs has seen an incredible emergence in Western countries, as riders have taken to lakes, rivers, and the ocean for the excellent core workout that the sport provides.
Surfing Hainan, which bills itself as ‘China’s Surf Shop’, has been in operation on the island since 2007. Owner Brendan Sheridan said “Our whole team has been really enjoying riding SUPs in Hainan over the last few years. We decided to hold the competition to celebrate this great sport, and to encourage the members of our community to get into shape and join in the fun.” Sheridan has been tracking his training with his SUP Diary, on Surfing Hainan’s website at www.surfinghainan.com/staff-blogs/sup-diary-.
The event will take place in Sanya Bay in front of the Palm Beach Resort at Wonder Barand Spa, and use an out-and-back route for both the SUP and Run legs of the event. See accompanying image ‘RaceCourse’ for details. Surfing and endurance sport enthusiasts of many different nationalities are expected to compete, with competitors from the US, Australia, China, Germany, and Canada already registered.
“We are constantly looking for new ways to bring the eyes of the international sporting and surfing community to Hainan. We are looking forward to a really unique and fun event”, said Sheridan.