Have A Baja Moment! CABO SUP Hosts 2nd Annual Paddle to the End
Is there a better way to celebrate the world’s fastest growing water sport – stand up paddleboarding – than a weekend of races, clinics, parties, and prizes in one of the world’s most popular resort destinations? For those that attended CABO SUP’s 2nd Annual Paddle to the End event, held May 16-18 in Cabo San Lucas, the answer was pretty clear: this is as good as it gets.
Big crowds of locals and visitors turned out for Friday’s 6 mile distance race from Medano Beach to Misiones, for Saturday’s team relay races, and for the headliner, a scenic 2-mile paddle to Pelican Rock in Cabo San Lucas Bay. The final paddle was originally scheduled for Land’s End, of course, but wind conditions dictated a slight course adjustment, and no one seemed to feel short-changed in the scenic views department.
Afterwards, there was an awards ceremony honoring the top three finishers in each race, a beach blanket bonfire party, a screening of a documentary on the history of stand up paddleboarding, and plenty of late night Cabo-style revelry at Bahia Hotel & Beach Club and Baja Junkie. Winners were also able to meet Ensenada-native and Mexican surf god Ignacio Felix Cota, and receive a signed copy of his book, Tribe of the Waves, Memories of Mexican Surfing
“We’re fortunate to have the support of many people,” said Lee Vosburgh at Thursday night’s registration and cocktail reception in the lobby of Medano Beach neighborhood’s hippest boutique hotel. In addition to owning and operating CABO SUP, which hosted the Paddle to the End festivities, Vosburgh and his wife Meredith are the onsite partners in Bahia Hotel & Beach Club.
“We’re also fortunate to live in one of the world’s premier travel destinations, and to have access to a safe and beautiful environment for people to enjoy this wonderful sport.”
Safety and community were both stressed at the Thursday night kick off party, and with good reasons. CABO SUP is the only stand up paddleboarding company in Los Cabos whose instructors are certified by the ASI (Academy of Stand up Paddleboard Instructors). If that weren’t enough, volunteer firefighters and Mexican Navy personnel were on hand to provide an extra safe environment for the weekend festivities. Additionally, a community-friendly beach clean-up operation was organized early Saturday morning on Medano Beach, as the Vosburghs also believe strongly in environmental values.
In retrospect, it was another big success for CABO SUP, which in a relatively short time has become one of Los Cabos’ premier outdoor adventure companies. Apparently, fusing spectacular Sea of Cortez settings with a great workout and affordable pricing is a pretty good business model. Bahia Hotel & Beach Club’s proximity to Medano Beach, a two mile stretch of golden sand that hosts many of the areas top bars, restaurants, and hotels, certainly doesn’t hurt. Nor does the easy access to the superb Esquina Bar and Restaurant.
CABO SUP offers equipment, lessons, and guided tours, as well as monthly memberships that are perfect for visitors and locals alike. For a monthly fee, members receive unlimited paddling (based on equipment availability), free parking, lockers, and board storage. First timer? No problem. All rentals come with a free lesson, and all the guides at CABO SUP are bilingual. One hour, half day, and full day lessons and guided tours are available.
In addition to CABO SUP, numerous local, national, and international sponsors supported the 2nd Annual Paddle to the End, including Los Cabos businesses Bahia Hotel and Beach Club, Esquina Restaurant and Bar, Snell Real Estate, Moduvated.com, Cabo Villas, Wild Canyon, Diamonds International, Lifestyle Los Cabos, Baja Junkie, Cabo Mar, Pez Gato, Tropicat, Pan di Bacco, and Medano Beach Cabo.
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All photos courtesy of CABO SUP.
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