Sunday May 8th, 2011 Auto Nation SUP Challenge Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL
I came into work that day fully prepared to sit in my tower and watch the race going on right in front of me. I knew it was going to be painful to watch the race and not be able to participate but I had to work. The weather was absolutely perfect, flat water conditions and light offshore winds. My lunch break came at the perfect time, racers were lining up for the Elite race, a 4 mile BOP style course with three turns and a run transition each lap. I grabbed my HovieSup Comet and jumped in the race at the last second. With all my adrenaline pumping, I had a fast start and was in the top five at the turn bouy. With Helga Goebel on my tail the entire four laps, I knew I had to push myself to stay in front of her. Finally at the last lap of the race, I could feel her creeping up behind me as she sprinted for the finish line. At that point I knew I had waited too long for this moment and I wasnt going to let her take it. I turned the final buoy and gave one last strong paddle to catch a wave all the way to the sand and sprinted through the finish line. It was a great feeling to represent Hovie Sup, the new Kernan Comet and the support from my sponsor gave me that extra push to do my best!