Willamette SUP Cup
Welcome to the Willamette SUP Cup. Or as we like to call it, the Wasssssup? Cup. (Actually, only Kim likes to call it that.)
This event takes place at the beautiful George Rogers Park on the Willamette River in the city of Lake Oswego, Oregon on Sunday, April 30th. See the aerial map below for a diagram of the venue for parking and staging directions. Please note that this is a public park and we are not permitted for exclusive use of the park. It's vital we be considerate of other park patrons, especially with our very large "toys."
COURSES & CATEGORIES
This year we're offering two race distances – 6.7 and 4.5 miles. In addition, we're debuting a non-competitive 2 Mile Tour.
6.7 Mile Course description and map
Any SUP race over 6 miles is going to be tough, but this one is especially challenging given it's early in the season and the river current will most likely be haulin'. Fortunately, the beauty and complexity of the course does wonders to distract racers from the work at hand. Racers will first head south to Hog Island where they'll round the island in a counter clockwise direction. Once around, you'll quickly recognize the current is now in your favor and your speed will nearly double on your way to the railroad bridge on the north end of the course. Take care rounding the bridge support in a clockwise direction and quickly make your way to the east bank of the river to escape the current. The upstream leg back to Hog Island is, well, a grind. Here's a bit of a twist....the direction you choose to round Hog Island is yours to make! Some prefer CW, some prefer CCW. This decision can prove strategic if there is still a tight pack at the front of the race. Once around, it's a drag race to the finish.
4.5 Mile Course description
The 4.5 mile course will go to Hog Island and back, two times.
We will award the top 3 finishers to Men and Women in each of the races in the following age categories:
16 and under
The only board class restriction we have is a max board length of 14'. Notice we are not awarding the 12'6 and 14' board classes separetly. Over the last few years participation has been overwhelmingly 14' for men and 12'6 for women. We expect that trend to hold true going forward. That isn't to say a guy cannot race a 12'6. 14'0 is simply the max.
2 Mile Tour Course
The 2 Mile Tour course will be one lap around Hog Island and back. We're hoping this non-competitive option encourages paddlers of all abilties to jump on board and take part in the event. Maybe this will be your first SUP event? Or maybe you're planning to be there supporting another racer and just want to get out on course to see what the fun is all about? Go as fast – or as slow - as you want! Just taking part is the real beauty of this event.
Board Class Restrictions
The only board class ace boards, inflatables, touring boards, and even prone boards are all welcome for all of the races! Admittedly those on faster boards will have the upper hand for trophy contention, but we don't want board style limitations keepsing folks from taking part!
We award the top 3 finishers to Men and Women in each of the races in the following age categories:
16 and under
Sorry we don't offer a true Kid's Race at this event. We'll have a race for the groms at our Rose City SUP Classic event on June 11th.
We have some truly great sponsors helping to make this event awesome. Bic has come thru big with sponsoring our chip timing system. Werner and KeNalu are both contributing top of the line carbon race paddles to the crowd-pleaser post-race raffle! All racers will receive a free raffle ticket and if you PRE-REGISTER you'll receive two chances to win some amazing swag. At Gorge events, everyone can win, not just the fast folks at the front of the pack :-)
ONLINE REGISTRATION (save $5)
Race day registration is an option, but do us (and yourself!) a favor and please pre-register online. Reducing lines on race day is a bonus for all of us.
Cost: Online $35, Day-of $40. Fee includes a commemorative shirt (always a "keeper" so we're told), lunch (for racers only) and a raffle ticket for killer swag donated by our sponsors.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
8:00 Registration opens. We will have credit card capability on-site, but bring cash/check just in case. NOTE: All pre-reg'd racers must check in.
9:30 Skippers meeting
10:00 Racing starts
12:00 Awards & Lunch (Please note, the free lunch is for racers only. We won't provide food on site for non-racers. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch!)
Follow us on Facebook! This is a great way to stay in the loop on any announcements for the event. Lot's of photos from past races here too.
Board Rentals: We do have a wide selection of demo race boards available to rent. Rental fee includes on-site delivery. Call in advance to reserve your board. 503-246-6646.
Invasive Species permits are required by law in Oregon. We won't be checking, but the USCG is aware of our event and may surprise us with a social call, so let's all be compliant. We'll have permits for sale on site or anytime at the shop. $7 for an annual permit, $13 for two years.
PFDs are required. We recommend the belt style PFDs for racing. Leashes are not required but are highly recommended. The river current can be quite strong this time of year and your board could easily get away from you if you take a spill. Let's be safe out there, people.