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Join Jamie Mitchell for the Survivor SUP Races

The Survivor SUP is a series of elimination races in Le Mans style. As soon as the riders line up, they must grab their board and paddle and head quickly on the water. The race course takes riders through surf and close to shore wave. Winning depends on race time, not on distance. The first rounds of the Survivor SUP will last for about 30 minutes, and the final five rounds will be held in the back-to-back format and last for about 15 minutes. Each round ends with a sand sprint.

The Survivor SUP is a project initiated by Jamie Mitchell, one of the most complete watermen ever. Jamie has extensive experience in racing. He has competed in some of the toughest races ever, including the Australian Surf Lifesaving races, the Molokai to Oahu race (10 times victorious), the Iron Man duels, as well as in many other stand-up paddle challenges. In the Survivor SUP series, Jamie aims to blend the best elements from all SUP races into a unique event.

The Survivor Sup races will be one of the main events of the Quiksilver Waterman Collection Waikiki Paddle Festival held at Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Fort DeRussy, Oahu between the 5th and 6th of May.

Jamie Mitchell’s Survivor SUP will attract the best SUP athletes in the world in a battle for supremacy and for the $5,000 first prize. The Survivor SUP is a sanctioned WPA World Championship Qualifier for the 2012 Hennessey's WPA World Paddle Championship which takes place in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Jamie stated: "SUP racing is still so new that we've barely touched the tip of the iceberg at this point. There are so many exciting ways to showcase the sport and keep it challenging for the athletes and I wanted to explore that more with the Survivor race. I think it's going to attract all the usual suspects - Danny Ching, Travis Grant, Connor Baxter, Slater Trout... but I also wanted to design something that brought guys like Aaron Napoleon back into the fray. SURVIVOR isn't going to be just about endurance, but also about skill and fitness, so in that sense, I expect it to be a great indicator of all-around talent."