Personal Flotation Device (PFD) And Leashes

All competitors are required to have a USCG-approved personal flotation device (PFD) on their person or on their vessel. We recommend CO2 cartridge inflatable waist packs. These are less intrusive and don’t catch wind like a deck-top bulky PFD. Any competitor without a PFD will be disqualified and not allowed to compete. There will be no refunds of entry fee due to disqualification. Although, not required, we strongly encourage competitors to wear leashes if strong winds are forecast. Several safety vessels will be present on the water at all times.


Drafting rules are in accordance with the World Paddle Association.  Only like gender and like board class drafting is allowed.  In other words, a 12.6 can only draft behind another 12.6; not a 14 or an unlimited; and a male or female may only draft behind another of the same gender and same board class.

Five Stroke Rule

If you fall you have 5 strokes to get back on your feet and stand up. This rule is in effect so a paddler does not achieve an advantage by not standing up. You must complete the course standing upon your board.

Support Vessels

Having your own support vessel (small motorized craft, canoe or kayak) is not recommended nor is it allowed.  Any violation by a support vessel will result in the immediate disqualification of the associated participant, who will be removed from the race.


The 3-mile SUP race will have a WATER start. Paddlers will enter the bay from the beach. Once racers are safely in position, they shall await the starter’s instructions.
The 4-mile relay race will have an onshore “Le Mans”start with racers starting on grass area and running to the beach to grab their boards from the water’s edge and then entering the water to start the first lap.


The finish line shall be on shore. Upon arriving back to the beach, the competitor shall dismount the board (which should be left on the shore) and must cross the finish line area to receive a finish time and placing. Competitors must not leave the finish area until their place, name and number, has been recorded by the scorer. Automated timing system incorporating Paddle Guru will be utilized (except for the Kids Keiki Heihei Waʻa – Youth regatta Races).


Shall be responsible for officiating the start and finish of all races. An automated timing system by shall also be in place for this year’s race. Results will be immediately available and updated throughout the races.

Course Marshal

Shall be responsible for officiating the races from the water.