KISSIMMEE, Fla., Sept. 13, 2015 – The Cypress Cove nudist resort hosted a historic nude endurance sports weekend on Sept. 12-13 with nearly 200 athletes competing between the fifth-annual Streak the Cove 5K and the second-annual Nude SUP Challenge.
The events were held on the same weekend for the first time and many athletes competed in both. The races will return next year, tentatively scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 10-11, 2016.
The four-mile Nude SUP Challenge, held on the 50-acre Brown Lake within the confines of Cypress Cove, took place the day after Surf Expo, the largest industry trade show for surfing and SUP. Surf Expo is held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, just a 25-minute drive from Cypress Cove.
Nineteen athletes – 11 men and eight women – made endurance sports history by competing in the inaugural Nude SUP Challenge in 2014, the world’s first clothing-optional stand-up paddleboard race. Attendance was up in 2015 and the event continues to attract worldwide media attention.
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 2014 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. The female winner returned to defend her title in 2015, this time paddling on a prone board.
Winners in each of three divisions – SUP surf, 12’6, and 14-foot – again received 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
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 remains the only clothing-optional stand-up paddleboarding race anywhere.
“This is a great event,” said Hadley, who again 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 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.