November 19, 2012
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

Danny Ching Leads All-Star Cast Heading To Puerto Rico For $20,000 “Paddle Royal”

UPDATE: The event has just wrapped up. Check out the full 2012 Paddle Royal results.

Danny Ching has just been announced for the Paddle Royal SUP Race in Puerto Rico. This will be Ching’s first serious race since his domination of the 2012 Battle of the Paddle (where he took out both the Elite and Distance Races). However the champ won’t have it all his own in San Juan on the 1st & 2nd December, with a host of SUP racing’s finest lining up for the challenge.

Some of the big names Ching will be up against include defending-champ Chase Kosterlitz, Eric Terrien, Ryan Helm, Paul Jackson, Anthony Vela, Belar Diaz and local boy Nick Leeson, just to name a few. That’s some serious paddling talent, though of course Ching will start favourite, as he does at every race.

Meanwhile in the women’s draw, defending champ Heather Baus will face strong opposition from the likes of Candice Appleby and Australia’s Angie Jackson.

They’ll all be in town chasing the $20,000 cash purse that’s on offer, which makes the Paddle Royal one of the most lucrative SUP races of 2012. The first place prize in the men’s race alone is $6,000.

Follow the action from Puerto Rico and found out who can claim the bounty: We’ll keep you posted with all the latest info, news and RESULTS from the 2012 Paddle Royal as they happen right here on

MORE INFO: 2012 Paddle Royal SUP Race
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[Full disclosure: Paddle Royal is one of the sponsors of, though we’d be writing about the event either way as it sounds like a pretty awesome SUP race…]