Luke Hopkins 2X white water winner at this year’s Tuck Fest!

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Luke Hopkins Body Glove Tuck Fest
Body Glove team rider Luke Hopkins taking home two 1st place medals at this year's Tuck Fest in North Carolina!
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On April  21 – 23rd, while much of the paddling world was grinding it out in the surf and back water sections of the Carolina Cup, white water paddlers –  most notably Body Glove team rider, Luke Hopkins – were crushing it at another venue: The Tuck Fest in North Carolina.

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Luke Hopkins charging the SUP Cross course using his Body Glove 3T Warrior shoes to stay close to that board! Photo by: Anne Pagano

Tuck Fest:  A Festival Celebrating Outdoor Sports with Competitions and Live Music

The Tuck Fest is a three day outdoor festival held at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in North Carolina.  Now, in its fourth year, this cool event celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through a multitude of competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music performances.  Tuck Fest competitions include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, standup paddle boarding and adventure racing.  There are more than 20 competitions  during the course of the three day event.

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The Tuck Fest holds competitions in its outdoor arena in everything from trail running to Sup Cross. Here is Luke Hopkins making the drop! Photo by: Anne Pagano

Body Glove takes home standup paddle wins

Body Glove team rider and white water paddler, Luke Hopkins, won both the Sup Enduro and Sup Cross competitions.  For both events, he was riding Body Glove’s new inflatable board, the  11′ Outfitter, due out this summer.   The Outfitter is a new inflatable standup paddle board designed by Body Glove to serve both rental shops and outfitter operations.  Luke Hopkins, clearly, made the most out of the Outfitter’s new design by taking home top medals in each of his categories!

Body Glove Outfitter Luke Hopkins
Seeking balance amid the turbulence, the Body Glove 11′ Outfitter inflatable, brought home two 1st place wins for Luke Hopkins! Photo by: Anne Pagano

In addition to having a winning Body Glove board underfoot, Luke was also accessorized by many of the functional Body Glove apparel items that make the brand great, including wearing the 3T Warrior shoes while he paddled.  Once again, proving that Body Glove is a one-stop shopping arena for standup paddling!

Luke Hopkins Body Glove winner
Cheering for their dad all the way, Luke Hopkins proudly stands with his winners … I mean kids, after the competition 😉

 

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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.