The Weekend Primer: Stacked Events

Weekends are continuously stacked with events as we near summer. This weekend is another fun one with events across the US. Race short and long courses, try out some demos, hit a festival, or celebrate Earth Day at one of these exciting events:

Boardworks Show Up and Blow Up SUP Demo Tour Stop at the Nantahala Outdoor Center Freestyle Shootout
Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22
Bryson City, North Carolina
Head out to the second stop in Boardworks’ Show Up and Blow Up Demo Tour at the first official freestyle event to be held at the newly enhanced Nantahala Wave, designed for the upcoming 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships. Get a ride on the wave before the pros swoop in from around the world while trying out some of Boardworks’ great line of SUPs.
Boardworks will be showcasing:
- Inflatable SUPs, including the Shubu “Show up and Blow Up” boards
- New game changing multi-chamber inflatable Badfish SUPs
- Badfish hardboards – MVPs and the River Surfers, the premier river specific SUPs
- All around flatwater boards, including the Raven, Joyride, and EPX models
- World Class race boards by Morrelli & Melvin and OHANA.
Boardworkssup.com or NOC.com

Mike Eaton’s La Jolla Cove Paddleboard Race
Saturday, April 21
La Jolla, California
Race the 7-mile course on unlimited, 
stock, 
kapuna (50 years +), 
women,
 14’
,
 SUP stock,
 SUP 14’, SUP unlimited, or in the Team division at Eaton’s annual event.
Registration fee: $30
Contact: Rachel Cook, (619) 701-1487 or rcook@eatonsurf.com
Register now: EatonLaJollaCove.eventbrite.com


Kommona Paddle 2012
Saturday April 21, 2012
Miami Beach, Florida
The Kommona Paddle is a guaranteed good time for all, from first time paddlers to elite racers. Any and all non-motorized watercraft are invited, including kayak, dory, surf ski, prone paddleboard, SUP, etc.
Paddle the 3-, 5- or 9-mile course around the Venetian Islands and if you’re in need of a paddlecraft there will be various kayaks or boards on-site for rental, although reservations are advised. All proceeds from rental equipment go to charity.

Schedule:
April 20, 2012: Pre-Registration Party
Location: Adventure Sports (2750 SW 26th Ave., Miami, FL 33133)
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

April 21, 2012: Race Day
Location: Purdy Docks (1771 Purdy Ave. Miami Beach, FL)
Registration Open: 6:30am – 8:00 am
Race Starts:
9-mile: 8:30 am
3-mile: 9:00 am
5-mile: 9:00 am
To learn more: KommonaPaddle.com

Standup for Clean Water, a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Santa Monica, California
Celebrate Earth Day the right way at Santa Monica Beach for a day of standup paddling, including competitive and fun races, demos, lessons, an SUP sea cleanup, and SUP Yoga. Bring friends and the whole family to enjoy music, refreshments, a kids area featuring a watershed model, and more.
Held in celebration of the Clean Water Act’s 40th Anniversary and Earth Day, Santa Monica Baykeeper and the Waterkeeper Alliance will host the 1st Annual Splash: Standup for Clean Water Paddleboard Race & Festival to raise awareness about storm water runoff, ocean pollution, and Santa Monica Baykeeper’s role in the protection and restoration of waterways in Los Angeles County.
For more info, visit: SUP4CleanWater.org


The 2nd Annual James River Paddle Challenge
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Jamestown, Virginia
Featured this year as part of a great new event, the James River Association Riverfest. Paddlers can choose between two flatwater courses including a 4-mile Sprint Race up Powhatan Creek or a 9-mile Endurance Race around historic Jamestown Island. After the race, enjoy food, vendors, and a non-competitive fun race for kids. The race supports the James River Association’s efforts to protect and restore the watershed.
Registration: 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. at Yacht Basin
Race Start: 9:00 a.m.
Late registration race day is $45 (cash or check) until 8:00 a.m.
Contact: Gabe Silver, (804) 788-8811 ext. 214 or gsilver@jrava.org
Event Website: JamesRiverPaddleChallenege.com
Register online now at: Active.com

Bay Area Paddlefest
Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 22
Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, Fremont, California
Demo the latest paddleboards from a great variety of manufacturers and take one of the many classes and clinics offered over the two-day festival. Clinics and classes will be held on the water and on land for SUP, canoeing and kayaking. Try out hundreds of canoes, kayak and standup paddleboards and check out all the latest paddlesports gear while meeting other paddlesports enthusiasts.
Fee: $15 for demo-only day pass; $30 for demo + classes day pass
For more information, visit: TheBayAreaPaddlefest.org

Bodhi’s Revenge
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Folly Beach, South Carolina
Presented by Half-Moon Outfitters and Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), Bodhi’s Revenge is the Charleston area’s first and only SUP surf slalom and Battle of the Paddle style event. 

This inaugural event is sanctioned by the WPA and will be held in conjunction with the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival. This is a great event for intermediate and advanced paddlers, and spectators too, so bring your non-paddling friends and family to check out all the excitement from the Folly Beach Pier. The surf-style race is unique to the area and will feature a surf course with buoy turns for a fun challenge. The intermediate route will feature one loop with a beach sprint, while the elite racers will run the route twice with two beach sprints. Don’t miss out on more than $5000 in cash and prizes. Proceeds from Bodhi’s Revenge SUP Race go to the Surfrider Foundation of Charleston.
Registration fee: $50, includes admission to the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival on Saturday + admission to the Post-Race Party (5 -7 p.m.), and a Festival Mug.
Event Contact: Janice Fetter, (843) 881-9472 or mtpleasant@halfmoonoutfitters.com.
Register now by clicking here.
Vist the event site: HalfmoonOutfitters.com/BodhisRevenge

Race Across Tampa Bay
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Tampa – St. Petersburg, Florida
Race the first course to take paddlers across Tampa Bay. The race starts from Picnic Island in Tampa and takes paddlers 7.5 miles to Spa Beach in St. Petersburg for the finish. A 3-mile race will also be offered, running along St. Petersburg’s waterfront, as well as a short kids race to the end of the pier and back. All proceeds of the race go to benefit PaddleAddict, Inc., a non-profit organization, dedicated to providing a free standup paddling experience to people recovering from addictions.
More info available at: PaddleAddict.org
Registration at: Imathlete.com/RaceAcrossTampaBay

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