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Board Categories for the 2018 Season

Thank you to those who took the time to fill out the survey on board categories and age groups. Based on the survey results and comments, we plan to keep the series, for the most part, as it has been in the past.

We understand that a change to board classes for the Long Course would have been an unfair financial burden to the few that may have felt compelled to switch board sizes with just a few months notice. The series is not part of a National or International governing body, nor do its races count for points on any pro level. We are a large group of hard core athletes, weekend warriors, casual paddlers, and first timers. Our series has an awesome vibe that is attributed to each and everyone of you! Let’s keep the Southern Stoke afire! Be sure to check out the complete rules and categories for the 2018 season.

Change is inevitable. As we race this 2018 season, let’s discuss among ourselves how best we might tackle this change. Be open to the possibility of the series changing to a 14′ and under format for the Long Course races only 2019 season.

We will be adding an Open or “Run what you brung” in the long course races only. Although our roots are in SUP, we’d like to include all paddle craft. Get more information on the open category and other rules on the Series Points page.

Below are the results of the survey (Keep in mind that some of the responses included variations of the 14′ & under and 12’6 combinations…)

Age Groups

We heard ya loud and clear!  You want Age Groups!  So do we!  But until the series grows to support it, we can’t justify it.  Invite all your friends and neighbors – spread the stoke!  The more people that race, the more categories we can have!  No one wants to be the winner of a class of one! Keep in mind, individual race directors have the choice to add age groups to their races — points will be converted to “over all” for the series.  So if you won 1st place in 50+ 14′ long race, but some young gun smoked ya leaving you in 2nd overall, you’d get a “2” next to your name in the series points for that race.


Calling All Artists

Are you crafty? Do you like to play with wood, glass, stone, etc.? Send us pics of some of your work and we’ll recommend you to our Race Directors to make their awards! Let’s keep it in the SSPS ohana! Send pics and contact info to no later than February 1st, 2018.


Board and Age Category Survey

We value your opinions and feedback!  Please take a couple minutes to fill out this tiny survey!  🙂


2018 Southern Stoke Paddle Series Calendar Announced

Drum Roll Please!! 🥁🥁🥁 Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for! Your 2018 Southern Stoke Paddle Series Calendar!! 2018 is gonna be EPIC!

We had so many applications! It was so hard to keep the series to just 9-10 races, so we bumped it to 12!!! Check out some of the killer new locations!! The point system will change slightly, so hang tight for the new rules!

A huge thank you to all of the Race Directors that applied – You all have great events at awesome venues planned for the 2018 season! If you didn’t make it into the Series for 2018, we hope you apply again for the 2019 season! We’ve got big plans for the future!

Happy Paddling Y’all!


*Carolina CupWrightsville Beach, NC4/20-22/18
1Choo Choo Chase Paddle RaceBooker T Washington State Park, Chattanooga, TN4/28/18
2Paddle 4 PurposeLake Norman, Charlotte, NC5/5/18
3Black Warriors Sup ChampionshipTuscaloosa, AL5/19/18
4River Rock Road Adventure TriathlonChattanooga, TN6/2/18
5Stand Up for the HoochMorgan Falls Overlook Park, Sandy Spring, GA6/24/18
6The Lovely Laurel River Lake Paddle BlastLaurel River Lake, KY7/7/18
7Flora Bama Gulf Coast Paddle ChampionshipFlora Bama, Perdido Key, FL7/21/18
8Livin Lush CupKnoxville, TN8/4/18
9Gun Island Chute SUP CupRiverfront Park, Montgomery, AL8/25/18
10Panama Jack Pier to Pier Paddleboard ClassicPanama City Beach, FL9/15/18
11Lake Murray Paddle ClassicLake Murray, Columbia, SC9/29/18
12Oconee ClassicReynolds Plantation Ritz Carlton, Lake Oconee, GA10/13/18

Award Ceremony Gathering at Chattajack

Congratulations to all the winners of the Southern Stoke Paddle Series!  Come join us in Chattanooga on the Delta Queen for a little celebrating – not too much of course, as some of us will be racing the next day!

When:  2:00pm Friday October 27th, because most of y’all will be in the area anyway

Where:  Delta Queen 3rd Deck Burger Bar (151 Riverfront Pkwy, Chattanooga, TN 37402)

Why:  To grab your series award and have a photo snapped for all your glory!

This is a super casual gathering! – aren’t they all?  Grab a bite and/or beverage, get your award, and “chattachat”.

If you can’t join us, we’ll send your award to you in the coming weeks.

Thank you all for supporting the Series!


Lake Murray Paddle Classic

Thanks for coming out to race the final race of the Series at Lake Murray!  Your SUP results are tabulated here for Southern Stoke Paddle Series point system.  Congrats to all!

How did you do this year?  View the final 2017 Standings

SUP Long Course

Name(s)CraftGenderTimeRankDiv Rank
John BatsonSUP 14'male1:11:3921
Bill KraftSUP 14'male1:13:3432
Jeremy WhittedSUP 14'male1:13:4243
Caleb ClarkSUP 14'male1:14:4054
Larry HillSUP 14'male1:14:5065
Jason HjelsethSUP 14'male1:18:3286
Kim HillhouseSUP 12'6"female1:19:1791
Ken BowmanSUP 14'male1:20:23107
Nathan ChampionSUP 14'male1:21:18128
Joel HjelsethSUP 12'6"male1:21:57131
Joe McconkeySUP 14'male1:22:13149
Stephen WilcoxSUP 14'male1:22:311510
Tony PetersSUP 14'male1:25:371811
Jeff LondonSUP 14'male1:26:241912
Quenton JohnstonSUP 12'6"male1:27:14202
Pete FitzstevensSUP 14'male1:27:162113
Gordon PennebakerSUP 14'male1:27:542214
Amy ClarkSUP 12'6"female1:28:33232
Michael CastelvecchiSUP 14'male1:29:152415
Steve FisherSUP 14'male1:30:382516
Jennifer CovingtonSUP 12'6"female1:31:20263
Amanda ReinhardtSUP 12'6"female1:32:03274
Danielle GoldstonSUP 12'6"female1:32:07285
Hunter MurraySUP 14'male1:34:362917
Grace MetzgarSUP 14'female1:34:59301
Ian ClarkSUP 12'6"male1:39:35323
Joseph GillianSUP 14'male1:42:003318
Zander MurraySUP 14'male1:50:183419
Michelle BeattySUP 12'6"female1:51:12356

SUP Short Course

Name(s)CraftGenderTimeRankDiv Rank
Mitch CherrySUP 14'male00:40:20.0411
Bubba SloanSUP 14'male00:41:50.0922
Tim EtchesonSUP 14'male00:42:26.2733
Thomas MosesSUP 14'male00:43:23.9544
Rob CynowaSUP 14'male00:44:41.6755
David JeffcoatSUP 14'male00:44:50.5076
Alice BatsonSUP 12'6"female00:45:03.0581
Terry PerkinsSUP 14'male00:46:18.0797
Jennifer CarverSUP 12'6"female00:46:51.86102
Kristin HallSUP 12'6"female00:47:18.76113
Katie RoweSUP 12'6"female00:47:19.49124
Cameron MillerSUP Under 12'6male00:48:43.28131
Ashley CastelvecchiSUP 12'6"female00:48:44.03145
Maranda CurrySUP 12'6"female00:50:14.14156
Tim HickmanSUP 14'male00:50:25.23168
Emmye CherrySUP Under 12'6female00:50:37.00171
Joe StiblerSUP 12'6"male00:51:33.60181
Heidi Leah SchmidtSUP 12'6"female00:52:23.47197
Melissa LondonSUP 12'6"female00:52:27.94208
Robert LeeSUP Under 12'6male00:52:34.61212
Debbie GillikinSUP 12'6"female00:52:43.22229
Dean JacobsSUP 14'male00:52:45.44239
Amanda JohnsonSUP 14'female00:53:08.07241
Alice FreemanSUP 14'female00:53:29.34252
Mike FoxSUP Under 12'6male00:55:21.15263
Jack StewartSUP Under 12'6male00:55:27.12274
Tia GamelinSUP 12'6"female00:55:46.682810
Judy DavisSUP Under 12'6female00:58:37.40292
Robin GarnerSUP Under 12'6female00:58:38.76303
Debra LeeSUP Under 12'6female00:59:10.19314
Carol HillSUP 12'6"female00:59:12.373211
Marshall HoskinsSUP Under 12'6male00:59:32.90335
Andrew BurbageSUP Under 12'6male01:04:00.63346
Patti LowdenSUP 12'6"female01:04:27.003512
Laurie LeonardSUP Under 12'6female01:05:19.05365
Kenneth ManigoSUP Under 12'6male01:06:51.86377
Jennifer CookSUP 12'6"female01:07:01.053813
Karen CreightonSUP Under 12'6female01:07:02.00396
Deidre BarnesSUP 12'6"female01:08:17.624014
Jennifer KesserSUP Under 12'6female01:11:35.28417
Stefanie SealSUP 12'6"female01:11:47.984215
Carla CootsSUP Under 12'6female01:11:53.68438

Lake Murray Paddle Classic FULL Results

Event NameName(s)CraftGenderTimeRankDiv Rank
1 MileMackenzie HeimbachSUP (All)female00:17:02.6811
1 MileLeslie Poujol BrownSUP (All)female00:17:04.3822
1 MileWendy ForgettaSUP (All)female00:17:55.9233
1 MileLibby FolkSUP (All)female00:18:11.0544
1 MileTammy LiddicoatSUP (All)female00:18:35.4455
1 MileLora FosterSUP (All)female00:19:19.6176
1 MileChiquita DavisSUP (All)female00:19:29.0387
1 MileAmy CoronaSUP (All)female00:19:39.9998
1 MileShirley SmithSUP (All)female00:20:29.59109
1 MileHannah JacksonSUP (All)female00:21:12.771110
1 MileRebecca StewartSUP (All)female00:24:08.721311
1 MileElaine DowneySUP (All)female00:24:44.081412
1 MileCindy MansfieldSUP (All)female00:28:23.321513
1 MileIan LewisSUP (All)male00:19:10.2661
1 MileJoey StiblerSUP (All)male00:23:47.00122
1 MileLarry DavisSUP (All)male00:28:24.38163
3.5 MileMitch CherrySUP 14'male00:40:20.0411
3.5 MileBubba SloanSUP 14'male00:41:50.0922
3.5 MileTim EtchesonSUP 14'male00:42:26.2733
3.5 MileThomas MosesSUP 14'male00:43:23.9544
3.5 MileRob CynowaSUP 14'male00:44:41.6755
3.5 MileDavid FosterKayakmale00:44:49.2661
3.5 MileDavid JeffcoatSUP 14'male00:44:50.5076
3.5 MileAlice BatsonSUP 12'6"female00:45:03.0581
3.5 MileTerry PerkinsSUP 14'male00:46:18.0797
3.5 MileJennifer CarverSUP 12'6"female00:46:51.86102
3.5 MileKristin HallSUP 12'6"female00:47:18.76113
3.5 MileKatie RoweSUP 12'6"female00:47:19.49124
3.5 MileCameron MillerSUP Under 12'6male00:48:43.28131
3.5 MileAshley CastelvecchiSUP 12'6"female00:48:44.03145
3.5 MileMaranda CurrySUP 12'6"female00:50:14.14156
3.5 MileTim HickmanSUP 14'male00:50:25.23168
3.5 MileEmmye CherrySUP Under 12'6female00:50:37.00171
3.5 MileJoe StiblerSUP 12'6"male00:51:33.60181
3.5 MileHeidi Leah SchmidtSUP 12'6"female00:52:23.47197
3.5 MileMelissa LondonSUP 12'6"female00:52:27.94208
3.5 MileRobert LeeSUP Under 12'6male00:52:34.61212
3.5 MileDebbie GillikinSUP 12'6"female00:52:43.22229
3.5 MileDean JacobsSUP 14'male00:52:45.44239
3.5 MileAmanda JohnsonSUP 14'female00:53:08.07241
3.5 MileAlice FreemanSUP 14'female00:53:29.34252
3.5 MileMike FoxSUP Under 12'6male00:55:21.15263
3.5 MileJack StewartSUP Under 12'6male00:55:27.12274
3.5 MileTia GamelinSUP 12'6"female00:55:46.682810
3.5 MileJudy DavisSUP Under 12'6female00:58:37.40292
3.5 MileRobin GarnerSUP Under 12'6female00:58:38.76303
3.5 MileDebra LeeSUP Under 12'6female00:59:10.19314
3.5 MileCarol HillSUP 12'6"female00:59:12.373211
3.5 MileMarshall HoskinsSUP Under 12'6male00:59:32.90335
3.5 MileAndrew BurbageSUP Under 12'6male01:04:00.63346
3.5 MilePatti LowdenSUP 12'6"female01:04:27.003512
3.5 MileLaurie LeonardSUP Under 12'6female01:05:19.05365
3.5 MileKenneth ManigoSUP Under 12'6male01:06:51.86377
3.5 MileJennifer CookSUP 12'6"female01:07:01.053813
3.5 MileKaren CreightonSUP Under 12'6female01:07:02.00396
3.5 MileDeidre BarnesSUP 12'6"female01:08:17.624014
7 MileZachary KeisterKayakmale01:09:28.4011
3.5 MileJennifer KesserSUP Under 12'6female01:11:35.28417
7 MileJohn BatsonSUP 14'male01:11:39.1221
3.5 MileStefanie SealSUP 12'6"female01:11:47.984215
3.5 MileCarla CootsSUP Under 12'6female01:11:53.68438
7 MileBill KraftSUP 14'male01:13:34.0232
7 MileJeremy WhittedSUP 14'male01:13:42.4743
7 MileCaleb ClarkSUP 14'male01:14:39.9154
7 MileLarry HillSUP 14'male01:14:50.4265
7 MileChristopher RuckerKayakmale01:15:42.8372
7 MileJason HjelsethSUP 14'male01:18:31.8686
7 MileKim HillhouseSUP 12'6"female01:19:16.9291
7 MileKen BowmanSUP 14'male01:20:23.42107
7 MileFred WilliamsHigh Performance Kayakmale01:21:05.34111
7 MileNathan ChampionSUP 14'male01:21:18.40128
7 MileJoel HjelsethSUP 12'6"male01:21:56.90131
7 MileJoe McconkeySUP 14'male01:22:12.52149
7 MileStephen WilcoxSUP 14'male01:22:30.581510
7 MileChris CannavaroProne (All)male01:22:55.69161
7 MileJody OdellOC-1male01:23:12.50171
7 MileTony PetersSUP 14'male01:25:36.831811
7 MileJeff LondonSUP 14'male01:26:24.021912
7 MileQuenton JohnstonSUP 12'6"male01:27:13.70202
7 MilePete FitzstevensSUP 14'male01:27:15.592113
7 MileGordon PennebakerSUP 14'male01:27:54.392214
7 MileAmy ClarkSUP 12'6"female01:28:33.48232
7 MileMichael CastelvecchiSUP 14'male01:29:15.312415
7 MileSteve FisherSUP 14'male01:30:38.122516
7 MileJennifer CovingtonSUP 12'6"female01:31:20.33263
7 MileAmanda ReinhardtSUP 12'6"female01:32:03.12274
7 MileDanielle GoldstonSUP 12'6"female01:32:07.35285
7 MileHunter MurraySUP 14'male01:34:35.592917
7 MileGrace MetzgarSUP 14'female01:34:58.61301
7 MilePatrick CarverProne (All)male01:35:16.54312
7 MileIan ClarkSUP 12'6"male01:39:35.26323
7 MileJoseph GillianSUP 14'male01:42:00.343318
7 MileZander MurraySUP 14'male01:50:17.533419
7 MileMichelle BeattySUP 12'6"female01:51:12.12356

Rock Island Paddle Rampage – Results

Thanks for coming out and racing in the Rock Island Paddle Rampage! Your SUP results are tabulated here for Southern Stoke Paddle Series point system.  Congrats to all!

8 races down, 1 more to go… where do you stand? View the 2017 Standings

SUP Long Course

Name(s)CraftGenderTimeRankDiv Rank
Eric BednorzSUP 14'male2:18:0031
Ben FribergSUP 14'male2:19:0342
Larry HillSUP 14'male2:28:2463
Jason HjelsethSUP 14'male2:29:5274
Brendan SweetmanSUP Unlimitedmale2:31:0381
Kim HillhouseSUP 12'6"female2:33:4791
Tommy CostSUP 14'male2:35:59105
Pete FitzstevensSUP 14'male2:36:14116
Tommy LucSUP 14'male2:44:38157
Mike IwashitaSUP 14'male2:49:55168
Dan HenrySUP 14'male2:51:01179
Hannah ElrodSUP 12'6"female2:52:45182
Peter ShimpenoSUP 14'male2:53:071910
Leigh LinhossSUP 12'6"female3:01:03213
Crystal HenrySUP 12'6"female3:09:16224
Lynn DubleSUP 12'6"female3:14:08235
Allison HughesSUP 12'6"female3:24:41246
Matthew SilveySUP 14'male3:28:122511
Cindy SorciSUP 14'female3:30:14261
Dawn HjelsethSUP 12'6"female3:33:16277
Melissa CashSUP 12'6"female4:01:03288
Justin CashSUP 14'male4:19:122912

SUP Short Course

Name(s)CraftGenderTimeRankDiv Rank
Cam AtchleySUP 14'male0:45:4311
Chris MurphySUP 14'male0:47:5122
Paul DardenSUP 14'male0:48:3833
Bruce FranksSUP 14'male0:50:1244
Mitch CherrySUP 14'male0:50:3355
Jayson WoodsSUP 14'male0:50:5666
Jesse ByersSUP 12'6"male0:51:3571
Bubba SloanSUP 14'male0:52:4087
Jerry JonesSUP 14'male0:53:1398
Megan SmithSUP 12'6"female0:53:26101
Julian DesprezSUP 12'6"male0:54:30112
Travis CampbellSUP 14'male0:56:05129
Joel NachtigalSUP 12'6"male0:56:26133
Rangituwaho SweetmanSUP 12'6"male0:57:04144
Angie NicollettaSUP 12'6"female0:58:17152
Lindsey SmithSUP 14'female0:59:12161
Tony ProsSUP 14'male1:00:331710
Sarah MilkieSUP 12'6"female1:05:40183
Emmye CherrySUP Under 12'6"female1:06:30191
Joy RiddleSUP 12'6"female1:10:57204
Cheryl GattoSUP 12'6"female1:15:09215
Jack FitzstevensSUP Under 12'6"male1:15:15221
Kaila RiddleSUP 14'female1:17:34232

Rock Island Paddle Rampage FULL Results

Event NameName(s)CraftGenderTimeRankDiv Rank
4 MileCam AtchleySUP 14'male00:45:42.9011
4 MileChris MurphySUP 14'male00:47:51.0822
4 MilePaul DardenSUP 14'male00:48:37.5733
4 MileBruce FranksSUP 14'male00:50:12.1544
4 MileMitch CherrySUP 14'male00:50:33.3755
4 MileJayson WoodsSUP 14'male00:50:55.6066
4 MileJesse ByersSUP 12'6"male00:51:35.0871
4 MileBubba SloanSUP 14'male00:52:39.6587
4 MileJerry JonesSUP 14'male00:53:13.0098
4 MileMegan SmithSUP 12'6"female00:53:25.97101
4 MileJulian DesprezSUP 12'6"male00:54:30.04112
4 MileTravis CampbellSUP 14'male00:56:04.60129
4 MileJoel NachtigalSUP 12'6"male00:56:25.99133
4 MileRangituwaho SweetmanSUP 12'6"male00:57:03.99144
4 MileAngie NicollettaSUP 12'6"female00:58:17.43152
4 MileLindsey SmithSUP 14'female00:59:11.63161
4 MileTony ProsSUP 14'male01:00:33.391710
4 MileSarah MilkieSUP 12'6"female01:05:40.21183
4 MileEmmye CherrySUP Under 12'6"female01:06:30.19191
4 MileJoy RiddleSUP 12'6"female01:10:56.92204
4 MileCheryl GattoSUP 12'6"female01:15:09.03215
4 MileJack FitzstevensSUP Under 12'6"male01:15:14.79221
4 MileKaila RiddleSUP 14'female01:17:34.26232
14 MileCory HallSurfski Singlemale02:00:39.9111
14 MilePete Van WaverenSurfski Singlemale02:16:07.9622
14 MileEric BednorzSUP 14'male02:18:00.1731
14 MileBen FribergSUP 14'male02:19:03.1842
14 MileMuril RobertsonSurfski Singlemale02:25:15.0453
14 MileLarry HillSUP 14'male02:28:23.8363
14 MileJason HjelsethSUP 14'male02:29:52.0874
14 MileBrendan SweetmanSUP Unlimitedmale02:31:03.4781
14 MileKim HillhouseSUP 12'6"female02:33:46.9991
14 MileTommy CostSUP 14'male02:35:58.55105
14 MilePete FitzstevensSUP 14'male02:36:14.12116
14 MileJoe StiblerKayak under 16'male02:37:58.39121
14 MileRohn PiazzaKayak under 16'male02:41:42.64132
14 MileNancy PackardSurfski Singlefemale02:42:16.23141
14 MileTommy LucSUP 14'male02:44:37.77157
14 MileMike IwashitaSUP 14'male02:49:54.64168
14 MileDan HenrySUP 14'male02:51:00.98179
14 MileHannah ElrodSUP 12'6"female02:52:45.32182
14 MilePeter ShimpenoSUP 14'male02:53:06.671910
14 MileAdrienne AndersonKayak under 16'female02:59:03.30201
14 MileLeigh LinhossSUP 12'6"female03:01:03.48213
14 MileCrystal HenrySUP 12'6"female03:09:16.14224
14 MileLynn DubleSUP 12'6"female03:14:08.05235
14 MileAllison HughesSUP 12'6"female03:24:40.82246
14 MileMatthew SilveySUP 14'male03:28:11.512511
14 MileCindy SorciSUP 14'female03:30:14.05261
14 MileDawn HjelsethSUP 12'6"female03:33:15.93277
14 MileMelissa CashSUP 12'6"female04:01:02.60288
14 MileJustin CashSUP 14'male04:19:11.832912

Only 2 races left!

For Full Standing Results visit the 2017 Standings Page

Just two more races in the series.  Some pretty crazy thing could happen in the Men’s 14 Long course by the end of the series!  As it stands now we have:

1 – Trev – 7 points
2 – Ben – 15 points
3 – Larry – 21 points
Eric, Rand, or Jason could shake up 2nd and 3rd place if they can get to the next 2 races!

For the Men’s 12’6 Long course, the standings are:

1 – Ryan – 6 points
2 – June – 14 points
3 – Mel – 16 points
This could change, but most likely will remain through the rest of the series.

For the Women’s 12’6 Long Course, the standings are:

1 – Kim Hillhouse – 5 points
2 – Korey Montgomery – 13 points

And in the Short course categories we have a nail-bitter going on with the Women’s 12’6, as it stands now, we have:

1 – Megan – 6 points
2 – Lynn – 8 points
If either of the girls make it to the next two races, they could drop their highest scores, meaning this ain’t over yet!

The following are shoe-ins for the rest of the season:

Men’s 14
1 – Mitch – 6 points

Women’s 14
1- Lindsey – 6 points

Men’s SUP Under 12’6
1 – Jack – 27 points

Women’s SUP Under 12’6
1 – Emmey – 17 points

Be sure to register for the Rock Island Paddle Rampage and the Lake Murray Paddle Classic!