The 2015 Painkiller Cup
The Caribbean's coolest SUP race took place on Saturday, January 17th. The Painkiller Cup is a 14-mile downwind race from Trellis Bay on Tortola to the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. The events unique format sees 3-person stand-up paddle (or SUP) teams alternate as they paddle the downwind course. Changeovers are scheduled every 25-mins and, uniquely, each team must include at least one female paddler.
The winning team in 2hrs 48mins and 30secs was Team Stand Up Mexico featuring Shelby Taylor, Ryan Helm and Bicho. "These guys ran away with the event," reported organizer Andy Morrell. "They led from the start and never looked back."
Second place was won (again) by the St Croix Limon team headed by Boga rider Bill Kraft.
Stealing 3rd place at the finish was Team Caribbean paddler featuring Romu Mamamlou and Ffils Franck from Guadeloupe and Kirstin Thomas from Laguna Beach, CA.
Here is the event video to whet your appetite for the 2016 edition which will be sometime around Jan 16th: