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Paddle Boarders: Mark your Calendars!

Paddle Boarders: Mark your Calendars!

We interviewed the event organizers about the upcoming 2018 Painkiller Cup taking place on January 20th, here is the full Q&A below:


Q: What is the Painkiller Cup all about? 

A: The 2018 Painkiller Cup is a 14-mile downwind SUP team race event. Typically, there is a cash prize for the winners, but this year, due to the hurricanes we have decided to eliminate the prizes. The Painkiller Cup is the best annual SUP race in the Caribbean. It is unique in that teams comprising both men & women compete in the challenging downwind course past Tortola's North shore to the finish at White Bay, Jost Van Dyke.


Q: Will anything be different for 2018, post Hurricanes

A: Yes, no prize money this year. In addition, we are going to ask all participants to volunteer some of their time for some project while in the BVI.


Q: Who participates in the event? 

A: Pro and amateur paddlers from across the Caribbean, the US and South America.  A team who came from Mexico won in 2015! This year we also have paddlers signed up from the UK.


Q: Why is this such a fun annual event? 

A: It is an easy-going event with a finish at the famous White Bay, Jost Van Dyke.  Paddle hard and drink a painkiller!  Also, our event format is unusual. It is a team event and there must be a woman included.  There is also the mini-Painkiller Cup which is a shorter solo event from Sandy Cay to White Bay.


Q: Why is this an important partnership for HIHO? 

A: We really love events. HIHO started out as an events company and The Painkiller Cup is good fun! We also sell the Painkiller Cup gear, visit our website here to shop online! And if you want to register for the Painkiller Cup, visit the website here