Going as fast as you can over a short distance. No jumping the gun for a very even start. No turbulence, wash or bumping boards. Sprint racing is here to stay.
If conducted in an Olympic kayaking/rowing course the above statements will be true. If conducted in the ocean or flat water with buoy turns then its fair game. There will be turbulence. you will have to contend with the wash from other competitors (unless you are in front) and bumping of boards.
With the exception of the 5000 meter race, competitors, racing in their own lanes, will need to show skill, technique, fitness and speed to see who the fastest Stand Up paddlers are over several distances. (And who has the fastest designed flat water sprint board)
The waterman series has a great concept with the ‘M’ shaped course in the surf requiring competitors to run and wade out, negotiate the surf, round a buoy and proceed in to the break and repeat. Then finish with a short run to the finish line.
See you on the water and remember “ FEEL THE NEED FOR SPEED”.