SUP King of the Bay – Vietnam

The first annual SUP king of the bay was held on the 19th January 2013.
A 7km long distance SUP race across Mui Ne bay from Surf4U to Jibes Beach Club.

Registration opened on the morning of the event accompanied by a light breakfast courtesy of Didi and the Ocean’s republic team.
The day began with a few words from Andrew Zabolotnyi and Pascal Lefebvre, the two school owners who have joined together to make this event possible,

The 9 competitors, one female from 5 countries were briefed on the course by Janot Prat who would follow along side the race in a speed boat donated by Manta sailing school
At 9.30 the race began with the sound of the horn, a running start to the SUP’s which were lined up across the shore.

Once the boards hit the water the pack quickly split into two groups.
Initially a strong headwind sent the leaders deep into the bay which allowed the second group to catch up with their more direct approach to the finish.

With a time of 41.01sec Olek from Kite n Surf School was seen approaching the finish line at Jibes Beach club.
It was a bit tricky bringing in the long race SUP’s through the waves but provided great amusement for spectators who had gathered to welcome the competitors.

Waves were caught but bounced off riders with the backwash created by the seawall.
The race finished with a short sprint to a flag hanging inside the club.

A small Prize giving was held at the Jibes Saturday BBQ with prizes kindly donated by
Ocean’s republic
Fish Eye production
Jibes beach Club
Lang Ca Voi the whale Village.
Manta Sailing School

Oleksandr Olefirenko was crowned KING OF THE BAY 2013 with a time of 41.01sec, setting the first record to beat.
Join us next year to see him defend his title on 18th January 2014!

For a more up close look at what took place at the event, check out this video

1st: 41.01: Oleksandr Olefirenko
2nd: 42.42,: Pavel Lobodin
3rd: 42.54: Pavel Chistakov
4th 43.51: Sergei Shubin
5th: 44.40: Will King
6th: 44.52: Sergei Tovkan
7th: 51.19: Nguyen Van Rot
8th:53.45: Lucy Odillo Maher
9th: 53.56: Truong Ky Tu

Pics: by Jibe’s Beach club