Professional paddler and Water Monkey SUP founder, Chase Kosterlitz, will be in Treasure Island, Fla., this weekend to help organize the World Paddle Association (WPA)-sanctioned Fall Paddle Festival. Teaming up with the Treasure Island Classic, the Fall Paddle Festival will be a weekend of races to promote water sports in the Tampa Bay area.

The weekend's events include an outrigger canoe race and SUP clinics, as well as races for SUP and other watercraft. Those heading out to the event on Saturday can look forward to the 6-man outrigger canoe race and getting some tips from Kosterlitz during a 2-hour SUP clinic. There will also be lunch, drinks, awards and raffle prizes both days.

Sunday will be another day of fun and racing on 8- and 3-mile courses. Various watercrafts are welcome to compete, including single and tandem canoes, kayaks, surf skis, and OC-1/OC-2. Elite water athletes will race the 8-mile course, with standup paddlers competing on 12'6, 14' and unlimited boards. Amateurs will race the shorter 3-mile course with standup paddlers competing only stock/12'6. The Halloween Costume Relay will be the event of the weekend with 4-person teams (including at least one female) competing on a short course and decked out in Halloween attire. —Shari Coble

Saturday, 10/22
8:30 a.m.: Registration
9:30 a.m.: Captains meeting
10:30 a.m.: 6-man Outrigger Race Start
Cost: $25 – includes drinks, lunch, awards, t-shirt, goody bag & raffle prizes

Sunday 10/23
8:30 a.m.: Registration
9:30 a.m.: Captains meeting
10:00 a.m.: 8- and 3-mile Race Start
Cost: $20 – includes drinks lunch, beer & awards

*Registration for both days: $35
*Rooms have been reserved at the Island Inn for $88/night with an extended checkout time of 1 p.m.

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