KISSIMMEE, Fla., Sept. 6, 2014 - Nineteen athletes – 11 men and eight women – made endurance sports history by competing in the inaugural Nude SUP Challenge, the world’s first clothing-optional stand-up paddleboard race, held at the Cypress Cove Nudist Resort.
Athletes came from as far away as Southern California, Ohio, Maryland, and Georgia.With more than a hundred Cypress Cove residents and guests watching along Brown Lake on a balmy morning, paddlers completed four and a half laps around the 50-acre waterway for a total of four miles. The winner, a 25-year-old man from Sarasota, navigated the course in 40 minutes, 45 seconds. The female winner, a 33-year-old also from Sarasota, finished fourth overall at 44:15.
All 19 athletes competed nude with the male and female winners in each of three divisions – SUP surf, 12’6, and 14-foot – receiving a “nudePOCKET,” a mesh, zippered-pouch that attaches with suction cups to a paddleboard. AdventurePockets manufacturers such on-board storage solutions for paddlers to stow their water bottles, sunscreen, and even swimsuits. For the Nude SUP Challenge, the company tweaked its supPOCKET and made 50 commemorative “nudePOCKETS.” (Some are still available for $49.95. Contact email@example.com if interested.)
“The Nude SUP Challenge was a perfect fit for us,” said Emma Nicholson of Adventure Pockets. “We received some tremendous response from it.”
Nicholson, like some other SUP enthusiasts, was unable to attend the Nude SUP Challenge, since it coincided with Surf Expo, the world’s biggest surf and SUP convention, which takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in nearby Orlando. Several paddlers were able to get away from Surf Expo for a few hours to compete in the Nude SUP Challenge. Next year’s event will be held the day after Surf Expo on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. It will be part of a clothing-optional endurance sports weekend at Cypress Cove with the fifth-annual Streak the Cove 5K taking place on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.
Stand-up paddleboarding is one of America’s fastest-growing sports, combining fitness and water sports. As the sport has grown in recent years, a number of stand-up paddleboard races have emerged. The Nude SUP Challenge was the first clothing-optional stand-up paddleboarding race anywhere.
“This was a great event,” said Cypress Cove owner Ted Hadley, who watched the race unfold from the middle of Brown Lake in his boat with one of several Osceola County EMS staffers hired for safety support. “We’re looking forward to growing the Nude SUP Challenge into an annual tradition.”
The Nude SUP Challenge was organized by Enterprise Media LLC, which has put on the clothing-optional Streak the Cove 5K run at Cypress Cove annually since 2011 – the fourth-annual event is Sept. 28 – and the Caliente Bare Dare 5K in Florida’s Pasco County since 2010.
As with all races put on by Enterprise Media, photography is strictly prohibited. Race results and names of participants are not published.