FAQ

Bluerush welcomes you to our amazing city and to our nationally recognized watersport race event featuring Standup Paddleboard, Prone Paddleboard, OC1, OC2 and Surfski competition.

The San Francisco Bay is known worldwide as one of the most challenging bodies of water in the world for watersports of all kinds. Historically it has been home to many of the world’s most premier race events including the Americas Cup and many other National and International Sailing, Windsurfing and Kiteboarding championships. It is surrounded by history, beauty and destinations that people travel from all over the world to see.

Here you’ll find answers to many of your questions or concerns. If your questions are not addressed here, please feel free to contact us directly.

1) Where do I register?

Register in advance at Paddle Guru.

Prices will go up $20.00 per race if you wait to register after Thursday, September 21st.

The last opportunity to register is in person, Friday, September 22nd from 5:00-7:00PM at Bluerush/F.One-Manera at 1201 Bridgeway Blvd.Sausalito.

2) Will it be safe to be out on the Bay?

Paddling on the Bay is no doubt challenging, however we have carefully taken into consideration the wind, tide & currents. The race will be challenging and exhilarating, but it will also be fun for even our Open paddlers. And yes we will have safety boats out on the water and emergency medical staff as well.

3) What championships are being held?

This year we are hosting the Battle of the Bay Championship and Northern California Prone Paddleboard Championship. This year’s event is also World SUP Tour and Salt Life Championship points event. In all of these the lowest combined score for a man and a woman will determine the winners.

4) What are the required board lengths for Elite Men and Women?

Men-14’-Women-12.6

5) Do Elite competitors need to race in the Bay Challenge and Technical race to win the championship and prize money?

Yes.

6) Do I have to be an Elite racer to try to win the Battle of the Bay Championship?

No! There is an OPEN division as well. Which means ONLY OPEN RACERS can win. However you must compete in the 7mile Alcatraz Challenge race and the 2mile Technical race. Lowest combined score wins.

7) I don’t have a board length sticker. Do I need one? Where can I get one?

YES you NEED one. We will be providing them at registration.

8) Will there be food?

Yes, lunch will be provided to all those who register. However, we strongly advice you pack your favorite race day nutrition and hydration to keep your body powered for the races!

9) Can Open competitors sign up for the 8 mile Bay Challenge race that goes around Alcatraz and the South Tower?

Sorry no. This course and distance is limited to the Elite competitors only.

Open competitors will compete in the 7mile Alcatraz Challenge.

10) While awards be given to each watercraft and age division?

Yes, however a minimum of 5 entries makes up a division. Those age divisions with less than 5 entries will be added to the next older age group. In addition, a minimum of 5 watercraft are required to make a class. There will be no start for a watercraft class of less than 5.

1st, 2nd and 3rd Place will be awarded.

11) Will there be a Grom or under 12yr old race?

Yes. There will be a short distance race along the beach for family and friends to cheer on the kids as they race. This race is FREE.

12) Will bad weather conditions cancel racing?

The safety of our competitors is always our biggest concern. If the race director determines that conditions are unsafe racing will be either postponed until a later time that day or cancelled. The race director may also shorten the courses as needed.

13) Are PFD’s and leashes required?

Absolutely- Safety first. If you start without a leash or PFD or both you may be subject to being pulled from the race.