Independence Day 2016 SUP Events
This year, liberty lovers have three days to commemorate the historic day for the U.S.—and what better way is there to celebrate our patriotism than spending a day paddling freely in the great American outdoors? Independence Day SUP events are offered across the nation, with festivities running on both Sunday and the holiday, offering activities for kids and families in addition to SUP racing and Fourth of July celebrations. Get out there, have fun and enjoy the holiday a little bit more by checking out a SUP event near you. —Shari Coble
SUNDAY, JULY 3
Liberty Bay, Poulsbo, Washington
A variety of SUP events for elite and amateur (or what the event labels as 'casual') standup paddlers, the Liberty Paddle Games are a perfect way for the entire family to get in some friendly competition the day before the holiday. Events are appropriately held on Poulsbo's Liberty Bay and include time trials, sprints, tandem races, a finless race and more, with a point system that will leave one elite and one amateur paddler to claim the coveted division trophy—and bragging rights.
Post-paddle, pig out in true American fashion with the Sluys Poulsbo Bakery Pie Eating Contest, kicking off at 4:30 p.m. for $5 per person (must be over the age of 18). End the day the way our forefathers would have wanted—enjoying fireworks on the Fjord at Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park downtown.
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Event Fee: $10
Sage Lake, Hale, Michigan
An event that celebrates the 4th of July and raises money for loon–a type of aquatic bird–protection, Stand Up 4 Loons offers SUP racing for beginners to intermediates and a kayak race too. The SUP sprint racing is a total of .3 miles for beginners and .4 miles for intermediates, while the short course is a quick race too, with distances of .45 miles for beginners, and .6 miles for intermediates. Kayakers will race 1.8 miles around Happy Island and winners of each event will receive trophies.
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Event Fee: $20 pre-register $30
MONDAY, JULY 4
North Shore, Oahu
Time: 8:00 a.m. check-in at race start locations; 10:00 a.m. SUP long course start; 11:15 a.m. SUP short course start
Grab your groms, friends, and family for a point-to-point race along Oahu's iconic North Shore, with an epic finish at breathtaking Waimea Bay. Open for OC1, OC2, OC4 (mixed crews only) prone and standup paddle boards, the Hui O He'e Nalu Independence Day Race offers a four-mile short course for paddle boarders and four-man canoes, and the seven-mile long course for paddle boarders, OC1 and OC2. Long course races start at Turtle Bay Resort, while short course races take off from Sunset Beach, with shuttle returns included. Paddle board divisions offered include individual, SUPSquatch, Parent/Child Tandem (SUP and prone), as well as age divisions for Stock, 14', and Unlimited board classes. Post-race, catch a shuttle back to Turtle Bay Resort for fun-filled celebrations on-site including Eat the Street food truck extravaganza, food and drinks from KeNui Kitchen, the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, and topped off with a night of fireworks and an afterparty at Surfer, The Bar.
Event Fee: $30 – $40
Atlantic Beach, Florida
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Join family and friends of Standup Paddle Jacksonville (SUP Jax) for a two-hour fun paddle around the pristine marshes of Dutton Island Preserve. Get some exercise in before the fireworks while also meeting some new SUP buddies as you look for wildlife and enjoy the scenic surroundings of the preserve. However, SUP Jax requires that you are either an experienced paddler or have had at least one class with them prior to participating in the Freedom Paddle.
Event Fee: $10 with personal board; $55 +tax with rental board/kayak
Lincoln Park, City of Valparaiso, Florida
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Four active events with three different sports, all packed into the morning hours of Independence Day is what can be expected at the 38th Annual Valparaiso Duathlon and Paddleboard Race. Events including a SUP race, the free one-mile Family Fun Run, a 5k walk, and the Duathlon–which consists of a 5k run and 200m swim. Standup paddlers racing in the 3.2 kilometer race will start at Lincoln Park and race to Tom's Bayou before returning for a fun finish in front of the spectators at Lincoln Park. Board classes include race boards and SUP surfboards, with prizes for top three male and female winners of each category. SUP racers must be over 12 years old to compete. In addition, there will be kids' activities on-site at Lincoln Park including a waterslide, bounce house and train rides; there's also a sandy beach, swimming zone, and shaded picnic areas to relax and play at for the day. At dusk, the Twin Cities Fireworks Show over Boggy Bayou will be going off, so you can hang around for the entire day.
Event Fee: $25 per event (excluding $0 fee for Family Run)
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