During “SUPcross” competitions, racers are assembled into heats of up to 20 competitors at once. They begin the race in an even line, typically starting on the water, yet at some venues there can be a “beach start” where racers charge the water with their board in hand before jumping on it.
There will always be a thrilling sprint to the first buoy turn, in hopes of having a clear path to the rest of the buoys throughout the closed-course! Positioning will be highly contested on straightaways and as racers jockey for position going in to tight pivot turns. Some contact may occur between boards and paddles, however never between the paddlers themselves. As the saying goes…” Rubbing is Racing”!
Paddlers will pursue the top places to auto-qualify for the finals, whereas other paddlers that finish in the top half of the pack, will get another opportunity to still qualify for the finals by racing additional heats. “SUPcross” will ultimately demand athletes to possess a diverse array of aggressive board stances, technical paddle strokes, and fuse athleticism with a focused tenacity to achieve victory! It is…without a doubt, the future of flat-water SUP racing!
What are the different color buoys for?
Huge colorful buoys are used to indicate turns in the race course. The Pro Watercross Tour also uses long hot-dog inflatables to mark the merge lane from the split course.
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