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Cozumel will see its first stand-up paddle (SUP) expo and race, at the end of this month, with around 60 paddlers expected to take part.

The event, being organized by Cozumel watersport school and equipment company, De Lille Sports, will take place on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30, 2016.

In an exclusive interview with This is Cozumel, event promoter and two time World Champion windsurfer, Raul De Lille, said the objective is to introduce lots of new people to the sport and "put Cozumel firmly on the stand-up paddle map".

The expo and race registration will take place on the Friday followed by race heats and the finals on the Saturday. Each competitor will receive a commemorative shirt, lunch and a chance to win prizes worth thousands of pesos.

The first place winners of the Individual Men's and Women's categories will take home complete inflatable board packages. There will also be a variety of prizes for 1st–3rd places in the individual categories and for the winning SUP team.

The race day will start at 9am with a DJ playing throughout and live music to close the event after the prize ceremonies. All equipment is provided by De Lille Sports and included with the registration fee, giving every paddler a fair opportunity to win at a reasonable price.

Whether you want to compete or just watch, go along for guaranteed SUPer time!

If you'd like to learn to Stand Up Paddle check out our Introduction To SUP for just $60.

Or if you'd like to take part in the race contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit, or go along to the exhibition on Friday, January 29 between 11am and 5pm at Playa Casitas, under the Shaka Snack Bar. Registration costs 500 pesos for the Men's and Women's Individual categories and 200 pesos per person for the six-person team category.