Stand Up Paddle Victoria (SUPVIC) is proud to welcome STARBOARD as partner and principal sponsor of the 2nd annual GREAT MELBOURNE PADDLE to be run on Victoria’s Port Phillip on Sunday 4th December 2011. Having quickly established itself as one of the eagerly anticipated flat water SUP events on the Australian calendar, this year’s race will consolidate on the success and the large entry field of the inaugural event. Following on from last year’s classic, we anticipate a true battle royale from the cream of local and Victorian paddlers, as well as interstate competitors eying off the crown. Once again the picturesque Green Point, Brighton Beach will be the setting of the event. Headlining the schedule is the elite 8km Legends Of The Bay race, followed by the 2km Social Paddle. There will also be a Kids’ Program featuring a clinic, mini race and other family activities. The Great Melbourne Paddle this year welcomes Starboard International Team Rider, Annabel Anderson as official ambassador of the event. Annabel is fresh from a successful northern summer season, winning and placing in major international races in Paris, London, Hamburg, Hawaii, California and of course her native New Zealand. Annabel will be competing in the Elite Race at the Great Melbourne Paddle and will also conduct paddle fitness, technique and race craft clinics around Melbourne in the days leading up to the event. Entry fee for the Great Melbourne Paddle, in either the 8km elite race or the 2km social paddle is $10 for SUP VIC Members and $35 for non-members (to cover non-members insurance). This fee entitles the entrant to participate in all activities (including race, social paddle and board demos) as well as a registration pack including the stylish event t-shirt. Competitors may join SUP VIC pre-race and for $50 join or renew their membership, register for the race, and get the benefits of 12 months of insurance, plus the cool T-shirt and showbag. A reminder – all new Sup Vic memberships start December 1, as per our previous notice. If you are a current member, then Renewals are current until Dec 31st, however we encourage all members to renew at the Great Melbourne Paddle on Dec 4th. All registered paddlers in the Elite Race and Social Paddle go into the draw to win a STARBOARD Race Board to be drawn on the day. Trophies and prizes will be presented for winners in each race category: Men’s and Women’s Unlimited, Men’s and Women’s Under 12’6”, Men’s and Women’s Masters (45 and over), and Junior Boys and Girls (17 and Under). In addition, all entrants go in the draw for a pick from the amazing stash of prizes provided by our sponsors. Speaking of which, SUP VIC kindly acknowledges the generous support of our major sponsors Highly Tuned Athletes, RPS The Board Store, SUP-HQ, The Zu Boardsports, No Roads Expeditions, Zak Surfboards, SHQ, Investor’s Edge Finance, VB and Kaipai Puku. So if you fancy yourself as a SUP speedster, or simply want to leave your mates bobbing about in your wake, rock up and put your paddle skills to the challenge. Alternatively, if you like the idea of a fun, social, 2km paddle to enjoy with friends and family, bring them along too, as the day is sure to have something for everyone. With so many other great prizes on the line available both to race winners and random lucky draw participants, you’d be mad not to come along and join in the best, most family-friendly and fun stand up paddle event going around. And who knows, you may just head home with a brand spanking new Starboard under your arm. Registrations are now open… Those who pre-register get first dibs on T-shirt sizes! To register online, and secure your preferred T-shirt size, use either of the following links: http://www.trybooking.com/ZFU http://www.trybooking.com/17050 Entry is $35 for non SUP VIC members or just $10 for Members. If you are a current SUP VIC member or intend to join or renew on the day, enter the promo code SUPVIC at the checkout page. For more information, keep an eye on this page for updates, or email us at email@example.com, and we’ll see you there on December 4th.