Stand up to paralysis... paddle for a Journey Forward
Elite SUP Race, Open, Distance, Kids, Sprints, SUP Relay
The venue... Liberty Wharf, Boston
The Boston Tea Paddle is New England's premiere stand up paddle race event to be held June 16-17, 2012 at Liberty Wharf, Boston.
Learn a little about Journey Forward, the reason we are putting on the Boston Tea Paddle event and it’s co-founders.
Stand up paddle Elite and Open Races, Kids Race, SUP Relays, SUP Sprints, and the distance race in Boston Harbor.
Check out the schedule for two days of racing and stand up paddle fun at Liberty Wharf in Boston June 16-17, 2012.
Click here to register for the first annual Boston Tea Paddle June 16-17, 2012 at Liberty Wharf in Boston, MA.
TEAM BROWN AND SURFARI STAND UP PADDLE & SURF PRESENT THE BOSTON TEA PADDLE
in association with CRESSET DEVELOPMENT
EAST COAST ASSET MANAGEMENT * HARPOON BREWERY * JOE BARK * MAUI JIM * NAISH * RYAN & WOOD * SURFTECH * TEAM COLLINS * TEAM TOLKAN * XCEL WETSUITS
Charles Riverboat Co. * Dakine * H2O Audio * John Culqui * Jungle * Kialoa * Pro-Lite * Sun Bum * Toes On The Nose * Twin Lights Glassing * Vec Surfboards * Vibram Five Fingers * Werner Paddles
We love to stand up paddle, we love Boston, and we want to help people. So we thought, why not put on a SUP race event on Boston's waterfront to help raise money for a worthy cause?
Journey Forward is a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury through an intense exercise program.
A spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating events that can happen to a person; taking not only their ability to walk, but also their independence and ability to accomplish some of life’s most fundamental tasks. Canton based, Journey Forward, is an exercise based program designed to assist those with Spinal Cord Injuries so they too can achieve some of these most basic lifelong functions and benefits. A Journey Forwards mission is to make this program as accessible, to those who need it, as possible. They are accomplishing this by working to open centers throughout the country and making it affordable to those who so desperately need this program.
Our main mission is to raise money to help create matching challenge grant scholarships for people who need and really want to go to Journey Forward but can’t afford it.
Insurance after, doesn’t cover the costs of this program. The main mission of the BTP/SUP4L SUP race series is to raise money for a scholarship fund to help those with spinal cord injuries be able to reap the benefits of the program that a Journey Forward offers. This race is also a celebration of stand up paddling, an event that the New England stand up paddle community can be proud to host in their own back yard. The BTP event at Liberty Wharf is also a chance for people to connect with Boston’s historic but under utilized harbor and waterfront. We hope that the Boston Tea Paddle at Liberty Wharf becomes an annual event to connect New Englanders with Boston’s special and historical natural resource through stand up paddling.
After eating fish tacos at Temazcal last October on a family trip into Boston to the Children’s Museum, Christian found Liberty Wharf to be the perfect location for a SUP race.
Sitting in the dining room and staring out through floor to ceiling walls of glass to the open flat water basin and Boston Harbor beyond was illuminating. Within the buildings lining the deck and docks, the four restaurants of Liberty Wharf open up to the outdoors and provide a natural vantage point for diners to view any water bound activities. The ongoing renewal of the Seaport District of Boston’s waterfront has become a great addition to the city. Please come and join us at the Boston Tea Paddle to support Journey Forward, cheer on the racers, try stand up paddling, eat some food at one of the four restaurants, enjoy the view of the water on the deck, or just to see for yourself the changes on Boston’s waterfront.
Mike Brown - Team Brown
Mike is a longtime ocean sports enthusiast. He is a passionate surfer and stand up paddle surfer, PADI Master Scuba Diver , and a PFI certified Free Diver. He is also Co-Founder of the Cape Cod Bay Challenge which is New England’s biggest summer SUP series. He has personal experience, through his son, with Journey Forward, and has witnessed the awesome benefits it provides its patients.
Christian del Rosario - Surfari
Christian is a New England surfer and sailor who began surfing Boston’s North Shore in 1985 and evolved to stand up paddling. After twenty years of Island living (MV, Nantucket, Maui, BVI) Christian is back on the mainland in Manchester by-the-Sea where he and his wife Nicole own Surfari SUP & Surf. Christian has also taught surfing and SUP on Nantucket for the last twelve years. Christian and Nicole have two daughters, Makayla 8 and Raquel 4, who also love the water!
Nicole del Rosario - Surfari
Nicole del Rosario is a lifelong beach lover who was first introduced to stand up paddling on the beaches of Maui by her husband Christian. Five minutes later she lost her favorite pair of Maui Jims to the Pacific Ocean! Growing up surrounded by a family run business, Nicole has taken that experience to start her own. Nicole and a three year old Raquel along with big sissy Makayla posing for a photo under Surfari SUP & Surf shop by-the-Sea.
The Boston Tea Paddle is a two day stand up paddle race/waterfront festival at Boston’s Liberty Wharf that will benefit Journey Forward. This year it takes place Father's Day weekend, June 16-17th, 2012.
Coming to Boston a few days before the Boston Tea Paddle to check out the sights? There are plenty of things to do in and around the city. Unfortunately the Red Sox are on a road trip the weekend of the race so catching a game at Fenway Park isn’t going to happen. Cape Cod, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and even Maine are all with in a two hour drive away and all offer great places to put in and tour by paddle board if being a normal tourist doesn’t float your boat.
What about waves? There are places to surf right outside of Boston including the North and South Shores of Boston. Unfortunately the middle of June is usually when the ocean turns into Lake Atlantic.
There is a wicked lot of stuff to do in the city including visiting museums, historical and not so historical tourist stops, shopping, and eating. Boston is a great city that is easily accessible by public transportation or even by walking.
Foster the People are playing at the Bank of America Pavilion the night before the race. We’ll be listening on SUPs on the race course or from the third floor deck at Legal Harborside with sushi and drinks.
Saturday June 16
BTP Day 1 Event Schedule
9:00 Registration Open, SUP Vendor Village Opens, SUP Fit Demo Class
9:45 Racers Meeting Open Race
10:00 Mens Open 3 Mile Race Start
11:00 Womens Open 3 Mile Race Start
12:15 Elite Racers Meeting
12:30 Elite 5 Mile Race Start
1:45 Kids Race Meeting
2:00 Kids Race Start
2:00-6:00 Board Demos
3:30 Sprint Races
8:00-??? Boston Tea Paddle cruise with Ryan & Wood Distilleries.
Sunday June 17
BTP Day 2 Event Schedule
7:45 Registration Open, SUP Vendor Village Opens
8:30 Racers Meeting Distance Race
9:00 9 Mile Distance Race Start
9:15-3:00 Board Demos and Father’s Day Free Learn to Paddle Clinics
11:45 SUP Relay Race Meeting
12:00 SUP Relay Race Start
…only 49 days until the 25 mile Stand Up 4 Liberty paddle from Liberty Wharf to Manchester by-the-Sea!
There are many hotels to choose from in and around Boston
. There are options in the Seaport District right around Liberty Wharf, Downtown Boston, South Boston, and East Boston. You could head west to Cambridge, or north Route 1 or one of the many North Shore communities.
The average temperatures in mid June in Boston are 76 for a high and 60 for a low. Sunrise is at 5:07am and sunset is at 8:24pm Average precipitation for the month is 3.68″. Average wind speed is 11mph and predominate direction is from the ESE or WSW. The average ocean water temp is 63 degrees.
Unless you count LNG tanker wakes there isn’t much in the way of waves inside Boston Harbor. The closest surf beaches would be Winthrop or Nahant. Further north on Cape Ann the beaches in Gloucester can offer some waves. You could even head as far north as New Hampshire and Maine. To the south of Boston, Nantasket is the closest with other South Shore towns also offering up waves. Cape Cod and the Islands a couple hour drive away would probably be the best bet in June. Unfortunately June is usually the start of the summer flat season…
Online registration closes Friday June 15th at 8pm. There will be a late registration fee of $15 the morning of the event for the Elite, Open, and Distance races. No late fees for the Kids, Sprints, and SUP Relay.
For a list of parking options go click here
. Your best bet is the valet at Remy’s for $12.
World Paddle Association
The Boston Tea Paddle is a WPA sanctioned event, therefore 2012 WPA rules apply. Competitors who are members of the WPA will get points for both regional and national rankings.
Basic memberships are $15, to join the World Paddle Association please go to the WPA website. To see the full set of rules you can browse the 2012 WPA SUP Racing Rulebook.
Drafting will be allowed at this race. A racer may only draft off another competitor in the same board class and gender. In other words, if you are racing on a SUP 12’6” board and a female competitor you may only draft off another female competitor on a SUP 12’6” board.