Weekend Primer: June Wraps Up The Right Way

June seems to have flown by here at SUPtheMag.com, but it’s wrapping up with some great races and events as we head into July. There are a few big events being held this weekend from the Standup World Series in Chicago to the Triple Crown kick-off and WPA Regionals in Hawaii. Check out all that is going on in the next few days and don’t forget to click over to our event calendar for more upcoming events.

Lake Max Challenge
Friday, June 29 – Saturday, June 30
Culver Town Park, Culver, IN
Start the weekend off Friday afternoon with board demos and SUP yoga, followed by beer and munchies. Four races are offered Saturday, including a 3.5-mile recreational course, a 7-mile elite course, the 8-mile Lake Max Challenge, and a short kids race. There will also be BBQ on-site, a clinic with elite paddler Slater Trout and an awards ceremony, followed by an after party at The Lakehouse Grille.
For more info: LakeMaxChallenge.com

Race the Lake of the Sky
Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1
Toiyabe National Forest, Lake Tahoe, CA
Three days of fun at Lake Tahoe’s El Dorado Beach. Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela will start the event with a paddling clinic, followed by registration and a pre-party. Saturday’s events include the El Dorado 5-mile race, the SUP Cross technical buoy sprint race and finals, as well as the quick grom race before the awards ceremony. Sunday will be another fun day with a Standup Paddle Alliance safety meeting, the Emerald Bay 14-mile distance race, the Best “SWEET” Move Contest, and a team relay, with awards ceremony closing the weekend.
For more info: RaceTheLakeOfTheSky.com

Standup World Series Chicago
Saturday, June 30 – Monday, July 2
Chicago, IL
The Standup World Series makes its inaugural appearance in Chicago. The four days of competition in the windy city include sprint races, celebrity relays, board manufacturer relays, a Na Kama Kai youth clinic, and more.
For more info, visit: Chicago.StandupWorldSeries.com

Pink Paddle
Saturday, June 30
Winter Haven Park, Ponce Inlet, FL
Paddle in pink for cancer prevention at the 4-mile open ocean Pink Paddle. The paddle is free and open to all paddle crafts, although donations are requested.
For more info, click here.

Onslow Bay Challenge
Saturday, June 30
Surf City, NC
A low-key 13-mile downwinder to benefit Surfer’s Healing at the Broadway St. access. Paddlers will show up and go. The event is open to SUPs, prone paddleboarders, surfskis, kayaks, dories, OC-1s, 2s, and 6s.
For more info: CarolinaPaddle.com

WPA Hawaii Region Nationals
Saturday, June 30
North Shore, Oahu
Race along the north shore of Oahu past a few of the most infamous surf breaks in Hawaii. The 7-mile downwinder will start at Sunset Beach and finish at Haleiwa Beach with all proceeds benefitting Defend Oahu Coalition. The event is open to SUPs, prone paddleboards and OC-1s.
For more info: WetFeetBluePlanetSurfRace.com

Santa Barbara Downwinder
Sunday, July 1
Compete for 11-miles of downwind joy from Goleta Beach Cove to East Beach on SUP, prone paddleboard, surfski, or OC-1. If you’re not into distance races, compete on the 3-mile triangle course off East Beach on SUP or prone paddleboard. Registration includes a t-shirt, lunch and drinks.
For more info: SantaBarbaraDownwinder.com

Triple Crown of SUP, 1st Leg
Sunday, July 1
Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor, Maui
Join fellow paddlers for the 2nd annual Triple Crown of SUP, kicking off Sunday with the first leg of the crown running from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor. The 9.54-mile downwinder is the first of three races being held in the Triple Crown, with the finale race (to be held in mid-July) nearly tripling in length for a 27-mile race to Molokai. Prone paddleboards are now included in the Triple Crown series.
For more info: HandsomeBuggaProductions.com