'Lady Paddlebeard' claims victory in jousting contest
Rockland — The first local standup Paddleboard jousting competition commenced Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors 10th annual show. A field of 10 hopefuls adorned costumes and adopted colorful alter-egos for the event.
Standup paddleboard jousting was judged by Monroe Surf Co. owner Josh Moody who manufactures surfboards in the Waldo County town of Monroe. The event was refereed by Thor Emory of Thorfinn Expeditions, a Lincolnville-based company that offers outdoor expeditions and services including standup paddleboard instruction.
Competitors hailed from all experience levels, some admitted to having very little experience with the sport while others said they were seasoned in the art of standup paddleboarding. Every participant took a dunk in Rockland Harbor during the course of the spirited contest.
After a bout of women's and men's individual matches — opponents were paired off and the winner of three rounds was allowed to advance — winners challenged one another in a semi-final round.
In the victory round Tom "Lord of the Board" Chester faced off against Shannon "Lady Paddlebeard" Bryan. Bryan went on to win the competition claiming a trophy, a Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors gift bag and a Tahoe SUP paddle donated by Thorfinn.
Other winners, at Moody's discretion, were Kay "Freelance A Lot's Ex-wife" Stephens for Best Wipeout, Noreen " Lady Capsizeya" Mullaney for Best Costume and Shannon "Lady Paddlebeard" Bryan for Most Inspired.
Moody said he has never judged a paddleboard competition before.
"I had a great time," he said. "It was awesome."
This story will be updated with additional photos.
Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.