Battle of the Paddle 2014

Rainbow® Sandals and Gerry Lopez is proud to announce the Battle of the Paddle event October 4 & 5, 2014 at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California.

Our new Salt Creek Beach event location is a magnificent and incredible site to showcase the skills of the world’s greatest SUPers, as well as, offer a great venue for lovers and enthusiasts of all paddleboard sports. Its unique geography and powerful left hand point break wave creates a natural stadium arena for exciting paddleboard races starts, transitions and finishes. The ocean water quality and views offshore are simply amazing and offer beautiful California coastal landscapes against a pristine marine environment.

Paddlers should be ready for new and technically challenging courses through the surf at Salt Creek beach. Race safety is paramount and personal floatation devices (PFD) are required for all participants in the Distance Race and Kids Races. Depending on conditions, board leashes and helmets should be considered for everyone and are recommended for all races.

New this year is the addition of prone paddleboard category. Championship trophies and prize money will be on offer for the Prone Paddleboard Race on Saturday afternoon (12’0 stock men & women). For Sunday’s Distance Race, 12’0 stock, 14’ and unlimited (UL) are the available paddleboard craft trophy categories.

The Battle of the Paddle will continue to host a grand SUP expo, awesome Kona Brewing beer garden, great viewing areas, Kids Races and Kids Zone, yoga area, as well as, other fun activities. Also available is plenty of parking and coordinated event services including board transportation down to the race site & overnight storage at Salt Creek Beach. Rainbow Sandals is going all out to make the Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek Beach its best event ever.

Whether you’re racing for the prize or just getting started, the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez’s Battle of the Paddle is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Southern California’s original surf lifestyle, and the dynamic paddle sport known as SUP.

The 2014 Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is proudly sponsored by: Kona Brewing Company, Riviera PaddleSurf, Dana Point Resorts, Go Pro, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Tommy Bahama, Patagonia, Hobie Surf Shop, Duke’s Restaurant, Northern Trust, City of Dana Point, Waikoko, Kind Bar, and Flips.

The Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle directly supports Rainbow Sandals Foundation, the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group of Dana Point, Ocean institute, OC Parks and Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley.

Rainbow Sandals Foundation

Rainbow Sandals Foundation is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

The Foundation supports middle school and high school educational and athletic programs, contribute to organizations that provide after school enrichment activities such as the Boys & Girls Club of America and Ocean Institute, provide instruction in the sport of stand up paddle boarding and raises funds for such charitable and educational activities by hosting the Battle of the Paddle event.

Map Salt Creek Beach Park


Parking & Board Drop

Free event parking is available at Salt Creek Beach. Free event parking is also available at The Strands/Selva parking lot and Dana Hills High School.

Bus shuttles are operating every 20 minutes (7:30am - 6:00pm) both days of the event transporting participants and spectators back and forth from Salt Creek parking lot to The Strand/Selva & Dana Hills High School parking lots.

All registered participants are encouraged to drop-off their race boards at the event site Friday October 3. Rainbow Sandals will have 24 hour security available throughout the weekend to secure your race equipment.

Day of race board drop-off will be located off Ritz-Carlton Drive inside the North Salt Creek Beach parking lot. Rainbow Sandals will transport your board from board drop-off area to the event board corral.


Day 1 - October 4, 2014

Event Registration Open
Live Hawaiian Music
Kind Yoga Session & Breakfast with Gerry Lopez
National Anthem
Expo & Kid’s Zone Open
Hawaiian Blessing
Elite Race Qualifying Heat #1 (Men)
Elite Race Qualifying Heat #2 (Men)
Open Age-Group Race UL @ 11:30am, 14” @ 11:32am, 12’6” @ 11:34am, Surfboard @ 11:36am
“Hitia O Te Ra” Tahitian Dance Show
Prone Paddleboard Race (Men & Women)
Elite Race Final – Wahine
Elite Race Final – Men
Live Music
Awards Ceremony

Day 2 - October 5, 2014

Event Registration Open
Kind Yoga Session & Breakfast with Gerry Lopez
Live Hawaiian Music
Expo & Kid’s Zone Open
The Distance Race UL @ 9:00 am, Elite @ 9:02am, 14” @ 9:04am, 12’6” @ 9:06 am, Paddleboard: UL @ 9:08am, 14’ @ 9:10am, 12’ @ 9:12am
Kid’s SUP Race – ages 8 & under
Kid’s SUP Race – ages 9 thru 11
Kid’s SUP Race – ages 12 thru 14
Kid’s Sup Relays
Open SUP Relays
Elite SUP Relays
Live Music
Awards Ceremony


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Prizes & Awards

Elite - Men

  • 1st - $5000
  • 2nd - $3000
  • 3rd - $2000
  • 4th - $1000
  • 5th - $500

Elite - Wahine

  • 1st - $3000
  • 2nd - $1500
  • 3rd - $1000
  • 4th - $500
  • 5th - $250

Distance Race – M <14'0

  • 1st - $1500
  • 2nd - $1000
  • 3rd - $500

Distance Race – W <14'0

  • 1st - $1250
  • 2nd - $750
  • 3rd - $350

Relay Race

  • 1st - $1200
  • 2nd - $600
  • 3rd - $300

Open Age-Group Race

Hand crafted trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers in each SUP craft and age-group categories.

Kid's SUP Races

Hand crafted trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers in each SUP craft and age-group categories.

Distance SUP Race

Hand crafted trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers in each SUP craft and age-group categories.