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Painkiller Cup SUP Race – 10.000$ prize money

January 17, 2015


The painkiller cup is a  14-mile downwind team race from Trellis Bay to the Soggy Dollar Bar. It has been great fun in the past few years and the 2015 race date has just been announced: January 17th, 2015.

Painkiller Cup Race Format

A team consists of three people and must include at least one female. You will also require an escort boat. Start of the race is at Trellis Bay, Beef Island (Tortola East End). The finish is on the beach in front of  Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost van Dyke.

Board class: You can use any board 14′ and under. Teams must use the same board for the entire race!

In the 2014 Cup, Racers had to switch off their board every 30-minutes. This was mandatory. Racers had to paddle in a rotation that was submitted to the race marshal at the 8:00am registration. There was no need to switch racers at the 30-minute interval once your team has entered White Bay. Each team was free to choose which course they wanted to take, so make sure you have an experienced captain on your escort boat!

The 2015 rules are still to be announced. Stay tuned here and on the event facebook page!

St. John Teams

Among others, Rockhoppin’ Charters has entered a team for the race. Even if you don’t paddle, come and cheer for the riders!

Welcome Party.

Don’t miss the great pre-race party at the last resort!



Prize Money:

Minimum $10,000 prize money. The winning team will receive a check over whopping 5000$. The photo below are the 2014 Painkiller Cup winners.


Pain Killer Cup Event Course:


Start is in Trellis Bay, Beef Island. From there you will paddle along the North shore of Tortola, which is relatively protected. After passing Brewers Bay comes the unprotected open ocean leg, where you can expect some big wave and more wind. You will paddle towards Sandy Cay and can either pass it North or South. After crossing the channel between Sandy Cay and Jost van Dyke, it will be more protected again as you paddle along the South Shore of Jost van Dyke and then make a turn right into White Bay for the Soggy Dollar Bar Finish. Stay clear of the reef in White Bay, which will be marked with buoys.


Big thanks to the sponsors which make this great event happen! Soggy Dollar Bar, HIHO & The Moorings

2014 Painkiller Cup Results:

Team Race Winners

First place went to Team Tired consisting of Lori Park, Noa Ginelli and Kody Kerbox, of Hawaii, who finished in 2 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds. The team also won a $750 bonus for reaching Guana Island first. America’s Cup sailors Jimmy Spithill and Shannon Falcone also competed in the event. They finished in fourth place.

  1. Team Naish (Noa Ginella, Kody Kerbox, Lori Park)
  2. Team BOGA (Nat Ford, Bill Kraft, Isabelle Picard)
  3. Team Caribbean Surf Co. (Colin Butler, Gail Vento, Eric Walker)
  4. Team InterNashional (Shannon Falcone, Paula Lenny, Jimmy Spithill)
  5. Team Riviera (Lee Donovan, Brian Duff, Helga Goebel)

Solo Painkiller Cup Winners

  1. Petra Offermanns, Germany
  2. Sam Morrell, Tortola
  3. Christine Thompson, St. Thomas
  4.  Johnnie Ward, Tortola
  5. Liz Wheeler, Laguna Beach, CA
  6. Tom Wheeler, Laguna Beach, CA

Solo race

Have no team and no boat or want to take it easy? The Mini Painkiller Cup is from Sandy Cay to Soggy Dollar Bar.  The start will be at approximately 11:45. It will be times to start as the lead teams pass Sandy Cay. This course is 3-miles and should take less than one hour. Start is off the beach.
Since the wind and waves are in your back, it is a pretty easy race. Last year some novice paddlers made it to the finish on fun boards. Don’t be shy, give it a try!
There will be plenty of trophies and prizes. Entry fee for the Mini-Painkiller Cup is $50 and includes lunch, race jersey and HIHO clothing.

Need a team/boat?

Rockhoppin’ Charters is entering a team and is looking for 2 male paddlers. Escort boat will be a comfortable 32 FS Regulator with twin Yamaha 250s. You can also try to find team members on the Event Facebook Page.

More information:

Past Race Pics

Here is a gallery with photos from the 2014 Painkiller Cup by BVIBeacon


January 17, 2015
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Soggy Dollar Bar
Soggy Dollar Bar, White Bay
Jost van Dyke, Virgin Islands (British)
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