The Orange Bowl Paddle Board Championship is the largest stand-up paddle boarding event. It takes place in Miami, Florida, welcoming both professional and amateur paddle boarders.
It will be held for its fourth annual instalment this coming January.
Stand-up paddle boarding is an emerging global sport, now popular in all parts of the world. It essentially encompasses standing upright on a board and using a long oar to propel, or paddle, oneself along.
The nature of the sport involves gliding on the surface of the water, thus giving the boarder the ability to cover great distances, while also allowing the boarder to take in views from a unique perspective on the water.
The sport is ever expanding, with the likes of stand-up paddle boarding yoga, racing and fishing all proving popular with enthusiasts.
The OBPC has three courses to offer entrants, consisting of elite, recreational and sprint races. The courses weave their way through downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay and the Miami Bay, offering a unique urban feel to this paddle board race, while also allowing participants to choose a race and distance to suit their fitness and ability levels and preference.
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There are three courses of varying lengths to register for. The elite course is seven miles in length while the recreational course is three miles long. The sprint course lengths aren't specified but they are over a distance of a couple of hundred metres.
The elite and recreational races start and finish in the marina in the Bayside Market Place boat harbour, surrounded by huge yachts.
Elite course racers begin their seven miles in the marina before moving through Biscayne Bay, on to the Miami River and back to the marina.
The recreational course moves through Biscayne Bay, around Brickell Key and back through Biscayne Bay towards the marina.
Competing in a great event, in a great location.
Merging into Miami River if taking the elite route. It can be difficult to maintain balance.
How to get there/Where to stay
Return flights from Dublin to Miami in January can be booked for less than €500 at present. This part of Miami is no stranger to tourists, and there are a variety of hotels to choose from, allowing travellers to match their financial means.