2nd Annual Hog Island Huff RESULTS! September 26, 2012 11:31





Women's 12'6" Jen Fuller 41:17:00
Susannah Mannell 53:04:00
Women's <12'6" Laruen Hall 60:45:00
Bridget Duffy 61:03:00
Gabrielle Friedly 67:05:00
Men's <12'6" Oliver Kanner 46:14:00
Tim Sell 50:37:00
Daniel Rubio 59:29:00
Dante Marchese 59:59:00
Junior Boy's Shane Rathle 58:29:00
Men's 14' Michael Melville 41:33:00
Ward Figge 42:38:00
Eric Taylor 42:39:00
David Rossenkamp 44:48:00
Men's 12'6" Benjamin Sarrazin 40:46:00
David Wells 41:06:00
Jean Rathle 41:49:00
Tom Meckfessel 41:56:00
Geoff James 42:10:00
John Walsh 43:11:00
Marcos Biddle 45:44:00
Jared Marchese 47:32:00
Men's 12'6"  Stephen Pugh 42:12:00
over 50 Dino Wilson 42:52:00
Steve Smith 43:34:00
Gary Leong 47:38:00
Steve Merrifield 49:10:00
Steve Hunt 49:16:00
*** Red indicates breaking 42 minutes - Overall Top 6 finishers


SAN RAFAEL, CA- Marin County Parks and local retailer Demo Sport are in final preparations for two paddleboard races in the coming weeks. The third annual Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) race at McNears Beach Park will take place on September 10, 2011 and the first annual Hog Island Huff will take place on October 1, 2011. Race organizer and supervising ranger Adam Craig said that “Stand Up Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and Marin is a huge contributor to this growth.”

Craig noted the “McNears Beach Park race is quickly becoming a classic in the bay area paddleboard scene and is the crown jewel of the Marin County Parks SUP race series.” The four mile course starts and finishes on the quarter-mile long sandy beach and goes around the islands off Pt. San Pedro and China Camp State Beach. Registration for the McNears beach race begins at 8:00 am and the race starts at 9:00 am. The $10 parking fee includes the entrance fee for the race. There are prize packages for the winners, courtesy of Demo Sport in San Rafael.  

This year, Marin County Parks and Demosport created a second SUP race- the aptly named Hog Island Huff on Tomales bay adjacent to Nick’s Cove. Craig remarked that “we are adding a second race this year to keep up with demand and show participants another spectacular location for Stand Up Paddleboarding in Marin.” The five mile race will start off of Miller Boat Launch, on the east shore of Tomales Bay, taking racers through channels and sandbars, around Hog and Duck Islands and back to the launch. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy $1 raw and $2 barbequed oysters prepared on-site by Nick’s Cove chefs. 

Steve Merrifield, owner of Demosport says that “the races are fun family activities that create awareness of access to Marin beaches and waterways and the benefits of their continued preservation.” Eventually, Merrifield would like to see Marin SUP races become regional qualifiers for a locally organized international paddleboard event anchored in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Registration for the Hog Island Huff begins at 8:00 am on October 1 and the race starts at 9:00 am. There are prize packages for the winners, courtesy of Demo Sport and Lagunitas Brewing Company. The $10 registration fee includes event parking. There will be paddle boards available to rent courtesy of Clavey Equipment. On-line pre-registration is available at Meet at Miller Boat Launch, 3.5 miles north of Marshall. 

For more information, contact Supervising Ranger Adam Craig at (415) 446-4423, visit or
Demo Sport’s Steve Merrifield at (415) 454-3500.

SUP Yoga August 26, 2011 12:07


Ann Pizer writes on yoga for  Below, she outlines her experience and what to expect with Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga.

It didn't seem like it could possibly work out. In one corner, you have me, a committed landlubber who has been known to get seasick while lying on an inflatable raft in a placid swimming pool. Not only do I not care for the motion of the ocean, I have what I consider a sensible aversion to exposing my skin to the sun's harsh rays. At the community pool, my family is the one in rash guards and wide-brimmed hats. And while I am too much of a vinyasa-lover to call myself a yoga purist, I don't really feel a need to take my practice anywhere but a clean, well-lighted yoga studio.

In the other corner was my worthy opponent, the newest trend: yoga on a stand-up paddle board. Let the games begin.

Stand-Up Paddle Board Basics  

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) first emerged in the beaches of Hawaii in the 1960s and began to make inroads on the mainland about 10 years ago. Aside from the coasts, it is particularly popular on urban waterways, where it provides a unique vantage point from which to interact with city life while skimming past it. Standing erect at the water surface level gives you the feeling, and appearance, of walking on water. It's also a great way to get fit, as you work the legs and core to stay up on the board and the arms and back to propel yourself. The board is broad and stable enough that someone got the bright idea of treating it like a floating yoga mat, and SUP yoga was born.

SUP Yoga

So, I recently set out to test the waters (sorry) myself. First, I had to become proficient in handling the board, which surprised me by being easy and intuitive, despite the fact that the last time I remember rowing anything was at sleep-away camp several decades ago. After getting comfortable paddling around the boat dock, we headed for open water (otherwise known as about 100 yards towards the middle of the lake). From here on out, I was led in a surprisingly "normal" yoga class. There was breath work, sun salutations, back bending and even an inversion. Transitions were slow and much of my attention went to not falling into the drink, but I managed credible versions of the classic poses. Practicing on the paddle board strangely reminded me of the yoga on the Wii Fit. Just like the Wii Balance Board, the paddle board reveals whether you are leaning more heavily into one foot or the other and reminds you to really engage your legs in standing poses. But while the Wii stakes are relatively low, a lack of balance on the paddle board results in an unexpected dip. The paddle board also offers much better scenery; my favorite poses were done lying on my back with a view of the clouds passing overhead. Savasana, with my hands trailing in the water, was blissful, though my relaxation was interspersed with the nagging worry that I'd be hit by an oncoming boat or suffer a sunburn on my exposed legs. Unable to decide which fate would be worse, I finally let go and floated away.

The Result

I enjoyed SUP yoga much more than I expected to, but I can't see it becoming a regular thing for me. For one thing, it's expensive. A 90 minutes class was $25, about $10 more than I'd expect to pay for a studio class. Yoga on a paddle board is definitely a good work-out (my thighs, shoulders, and core were sore the next day), but the yoga becomes secondary to the board. While I'll keep my yoga on nice, dry land, Signe Wendt, a yoga teacher and SUP yoga enthusiast who takes classes with Say Om Paddle Yoga in Austin, Texas, has a different view. "The challenge of the additional instability [of the board] really seems to bring a deeper level of mindfulness to my practice," she says. Wendt also appreciates the feeling of connection with nature that SUP yoga offers. "At the same time that the instability is really internalizing my experience, the vastness of nature is enlarging my experience," she adds. My advice? Head to your nearest large body of water to find out if SUP yoga floats your boat.

SUP Yoga Tips

  • A swimsuit or sports tank and shorts are the most appropriate attire. Add a rash guard top to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Hats and sunglasses may seem like a good idea, but they fall off easily in poses like downward dog.
  • Hydrate well before heading out since it's hard to carry anything onto the board.
  • Bring your sense of playfulness.
  • Prepare to get wet!


    Hog Island Stand Up Paddle Board Race. August 11, 2011 13:02

    Saturday, October 1st, 2011  8:00am – 11:00am

    A new addition to this year’s paddling events, The “Hog Island Huff” offers an unparalleled SUP experience.  A water start off of Miller Park, on the Eastern shore of the Tomales Bay, this race will be fast and furious.  Racers will be cruising through the channels and sand bars, around the star fish studded rocky points of Hog and Duck Islands and back to the shores of Miller Park – approximately 5 miles.  Registration begins at 8:00 am and the race starts at 9:00 am.  There are prize packages for the winners, courtesy of Demo Sport in San Rafael.  $10 entry fee gets you free parking.  This event is spectator friendly, and there will be paddle boards available to rent.  Meet at Miller Park (Next to Nick’s Cove, 3.5 miles North of the Town of Marshall).  For more information, call Supervising Ranger Adam Craig at (415) 446-4423 or visit us on the web at

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    3rd Annual McNears Stand-Up Paddle Board Race. August 11, 2011 12:49

    Saturday, September 10th, 2011 8:30am – 11:00am

    This race is quickly becoming a classic in the bay area paddle board scene and is the crown jewel of the Marin Parks SUP race series.  The course starts and finishes on the quarter mile long sandy beach and goes around the islands off Pt. San Pedro and China Camp State Beach – approximately 4 miles.  Registration begins at 8:30 am and the race starts at 9:30 am.  There are prize packages for the winners, courtesy of Demo Sport in San Rafael.  $10 parking fee.  This event is spectator friendly, and there will be paddle boards available to rent.  Meet at the McNears Beach Snack Bar (201 Cantera Way, San Rafael).  For more information call Supervising Ranger Adam Craig at (415) 446-4423 or visit us on the web at



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