February 07, 2018
The big news this past week is that women will have the choice to paddle with a 12'6" or a 14' board this coming year. The women will now make the same choice as men. What will this mean for women racers? How will this change the race scene? Time will tell what women decide to do and how it will change the upcoming SUP season.
TWO MAJOR RACES WILL ALLOW WOMEN TO CHOOSE BOARD SIZE
By Jack Haworth
It’s no secret that there’s been a long-running debate in the SUP community over whether events should embrace a 12’6″ or 14′ board class for female racers. Paddlers, industry insiders, race organizers, SUP media and others have all weighed in with their arguments either for or against the two different sizes.
Finally, two of the sport’s flagship races--the Carolina Cup and the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge--have made their decision: leave it up to the ladies.
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