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ark Saunders, co-owner of East of Maui Boardshop in Annapolis, has it on good authority that he and business partner Mark Bandy were the first two legitimate standup paddleboarders on Annapolis Harbor. “People have always used old windsurfers and stood up on their kayaks,” he said, “but nine or 10 years ago, we were on Jimmy Lewis boards, paddling across the harbor for the first time.” Of course, the stand-up paddleboard (SUP) scene today is a little different. It seems everyone is out on a board, paddling, taking yoga classes, spending time with their dog, or racing. On July 11, over 100 paddlers took to the Severn River just outside Annapolis in a fury of strokes and splashes Long Course Men’s 1. Brian Schmid 2. Jeff Cook 3. Joe Ward

for the start of the second annual East of Maui and Eastport YC Chesapeake Stand Up Challenge. Racers competed in either a three and a half- or a seven-mile course around Annapolis in both a men’s and women’s division that was challenging not just because of the distance, but also because of the conditions. “It’s half up to you, how hard you’re going to work, and then half up to the weather gods,” says Saunders, “And that’s the wonderful thing about this sport: every day is different because every day the water conditions change.” Luckily, conditions were perfect for the race and athletes managed to make it around the course and finish off Eastport YC in just over an hour for the long course, and about 40 minutes for the short course. Saunders is sure that SUP Long Course Women’s 1. Lisa Longa 2. Vicky Lowe 3. Lianne Dunbar

is here to stay, and is already anticipating next year’s Chesapeake Stand Up Challenge. “The Chesapeake Bay has the best waterways in the world. We have more than 10,000 miles of seashore. It’s wonderful here because you’re not just limited to a little lake.” Good thing, because we’re going to need a lot of water to accommodate all these paddlers.

Short Course Men’s 1. Kevin Haigis 2. Mike Higgins 3. Stefan Strassburg

Short Course Women’s 1. Elisa Hammer 2. Carleen Birnes 3. Julie Hussey

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