Mobile Bay Paddleboard Race


Sat, Jun 09

9:00 AM


Eastern Shore


Fairhope, AL, May 2, 2018: The first stand up paddleboard (SUP) race on Mobile Bay will hit the waters of the Eastern Shore on Saturday June 9th, 2018, starting at 9am from the beach at Fairhope Docks Marina, 848 Seacliff Drive, Fairhope 39532. The racers will take off in a sprint to the end of Fairhope pier and back - a 2.5 mile race. A 7 mile race will continue past the pier and down the scenic shore to the Marriott Grand Hotel and back. 

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DIRK Boards, a local Fairhope-based SUP & surfboard builder, is organizing the event. “Mobile Bay is a great paddling location that needs to be experienced. Conditions can be flat and then a breeze will pick up and create a downwinder…sometimes we even get wave sets because the Bay is so shallow which is really challenging,” says Dirk McCall, DIRK Boards designer. “There isn’t a better way to see it than to do it.”
The World Paddle Association (WPA) sanctioned race will have eight divisions for Men and Women 50+, 18-49 and U18 in surf style and longer displacement hulled boards. Custom woodcut awards from Bear Walker, an internationally renowned woodworker and skateboard designer. These will be given in 1-3 placing per division. Digital timing will be managed by Little Red Hen Productions.
Each racer will be given a De Luxe SURF FAIRHOPE race shirt. Custom artwork for the event was made by Underground Comix legend RL Crabb.
“The purpose of the event is to get people out boarding on the Bay, be aware of recyclable options for our environment…and yeah, maybe someone will like my boards enough to take one home and do it again,” says Dirk.

About Dirk Boards:
DIRK Boards is a custom builder of high-end wave riding machines, using the latest in materials and design to create fast, fun and strong one of a kind boards. Using perfectly shaped CNC cut foam, fiberglass, carbon weaves with the best traction, fin boxes and venting systems, DIRK Boards delivers art that you can surf. A California native, McCall has experienced surfing conditions worldwide before settling on the Gulf Coast 4 years ago. He is a US Navy veteran and was an art major at the Aarhus Kunstakademi, Denmark. DIRK Boards are distributed in Norway, Denmark, Israel, California and can be custom ordered online

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