2014 Painkiller Cup
Hawaiian Racers dominate 2014 Painkiller Cup
Hawaiian SUP racer Kody Kerbox led his team which included Noa Ginella and Lori Park to a resounding victory in the 2014 Painkiller Cup. The team completed the course in 2hrs 30mins and 30secs pocketing $5,750 for their efforts.
Conditions for the 14-mile downwind team race began with drizzle and light wind but cleared to 12-15-knots and sparkling sunny conditions. The event, a 3-person team race, which mandates at least one women on each roster, sees paddlers head down the North Shore of Tortola and finish at the World famous Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. Changeovers are required every 30-minutes.
"The course was great", explained Kerbox's team mate Lori Park. "We started in the flat water amongst the islands at the East end of Tortola, then paddled down the islands North Shore before striking out across to Sandy Cay. The last few miles were on the South side of Jost Van Dyke."
The Hawaiian's posted an impressive opening leg to claim the $750 prize that was offered to the team that reached the Guana Island cut in first. Their lead dwindled a little as they worked down Tortola's North shore with Team Bogga pulling within striking distance. Then they headed offshore for the open water leg to Sandy Cay. Halfway down that leg they were a half-mile ahead, but they had doubled that by the time there were off the South Eastern tip of Jost Van Dyke and on the finish stretch to White Bay.
The team rode a 14' Naish Glide.
Second overall went to the combined Team BOGA of Bill Kraft and Isabelle Picard from St Croix who were joined by Nat Ford from St John.
"Bill and Nat held their own against the Hawaiian's," observed organizer Andy Morrell. "But, it was interesting to see the differences in technique. The Hawaiian's caught every wave and rode them further."
Third was the Caribbean Surf Company Team of Colin Butler, Gail Vento and Eric Walker. The St Thomas racers, who finished 2nd in the 2012 Painkiller Cup, overwhelmed a formidable Team InterNaishional comprising America's Cup Champion sailors Jimmy Spithill and Shannon Falcone who were joined by another Hawaiian, Paula Lenny.
Team Riviera featuring Helga Goebel, Lee Donovan and Brian Duff rounded out the top five.
A total of $11,000 prize money was awarded.
The Mini-Painkiller Cup was run concurrently with German racer Petra Offermans edging 14-year old Sam Morrell from Tortola for the win in this shorter 3-mile race from Sandy Cay to the Soggy Dollar Bar.