The 2012 Hennessey’s SUP & Paddleboard Series, sponsored by Ocean Minded, kicks off this afternoon with the Return To The Pier Race in Hermosa Beach, California. One of the series’ shorter races, running a 3.5 mile course from Hermosa Pier to Manhattan Pier and back, it no doubt draws some serious attention and attendance as the region’s paddling community officially digs in to the 2012 season.
For over 17 years Hennessey’s has been at the forefront of world paddleboard racing, bringing races to such places as Australia, Hawaii, Fiji, California, and Mexico. The 2012 Hennessey’s Series promises to one of the best yet, culminating with the 2012 Hennessy’s-WPA World Championships in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on November 3rd and 4th.
“The Hennessey’s Race Series isn’t just a bunch of races to us; we truly love what we do. Aside from the competition, each Hennessey’s event brings its own atmosphere that only a Hennessey’s event can; just ask around. We have been doing this for 17 years and we think this year’s series may be one of the best yet.” according to Hennesseys’s Race Director Tim Ritter.
The 2012 Hennessey’s SUP and Paddleboard Race Series is presented by Hennessey’s Taverns, Hobie, Bacardi, Del Mar Development, Snell Real Estate, Ocean Minded, Stand Up Paddle Magazine, Waterman’s Applied Science, SUP Mexico, The Mexican Tourism Board, Bliss Events, H20 Audio, 02H Sarcoma Alliance, Bark, Futures Fins and Crislu Jewelers and the World Paddle Association. Athletes and spectators can visit sponsors on race day to check out the newest products and accessories the paddleboard industry has to offer.
Paddlers can qualify for the 2012 World Championship by participating in 2012 World Paddle Association sanctioned events by earning a spot into your respective regional championship, 12 National races, Hennessey’s-WPA U.S. Championships, 11 City Tour and top placing’s from the 2011 World and U.S. championships. You can find all the qualifying criteria on www.worldpaddleassociation.com along with more details on travel packages, board transportation and more on www.hennesseyspaddleboarding.com and www.worldpaddleassociation.com.