Red Paddle Co Dragon World Series is happening in Barbados!

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This weekend was the kick off for a whole new brand of stand up paddle racing. The Red Paddle Co Dragon World Series began with a bang in Barbados featuring the 1st ever team tandem sup racing event ever to huge success!

Red Paddle Co Dragon World Series 9K Downwinder

This weekend hosted the dramatic kick-off of a new event, the Dragaon World Series hosted by Red Paddle Co.  In this event, racers ride a tandem board to compete with other teams for the title or World Champs.  The Series is being hosted in the beautiful waters off of Barbados, perfect for stand up paddling!

In a dramatic upset, the fierce team from New York, the Red Ladies, challenged and then won the infamous 9K downwinder.  Race participants lined up at Miami Beach in Barbados and launched their 22-foot long Dragon inflatable tandem sup boards into the surf.  Teams of four then paddled together along the pristine coastline, going head-to-head with contenders, to finish at beautiful Carlisle Bay in the St. Lawrence Gap and home to Paddle Barbados.

Red Ladies Red Paddle Co Dragon World Series Barbados
The Red Ladies from New York found a rhythm and a glide to take the wind in the legendary 9K downwind course. Photo by: Red Paddle Co

The Red Ladies, a veritable UN of paddlers from New York including Kaity Wong, Noriko Okaya, Jennifer Hung and Vildan Isildar Manzo, ramped up their competitive edge to eek out the local favorites, Paddle Barbados.  This win is BIG for the Red Ladies as they traveled to the sunny isle just for the weekend to compete.  Charge ON, Red Ladies & Congrats to ALL the competitors for this Dragon World Series event.

Stay tuned for MORE news from Day Two of the Dragon World Series in Barbados!  #Unleashthedragon

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.