The new PUMA/Laird stand-up paddleboard made its racing debut on Sunday at the Battle of the Paddle 2011 at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif. New Zealand’s Annabel Anderson finished second onboard the PUMA/Laird Board in the 10-mile women’s distance race with a time of 50:19.
“The board has incredible glide,” Anderson said. “Considering it is from one of the leading yacht designers, it’s not surprising. It really glides upon release of the stroke, and once you have it up to whole speed, it’s really easy to keep it there. It’s a beautiful open water board, and in the right conditions it is definitely fast.”
The fourth annual Battle of the Paddle featured both distance and relay races, demonstrations for all ages and skill levels, and was a showcase for paddle surfing – the world’s fastest-growing water sport. The two-day festival included more than 1,000 competitors and is considered the largest SUP event in the world.