It's the first of its kind. Created in an effort to expand SUP racing in the region, Get Up Stand Up Paddlesports (GUSU) has held three of four races in their first Panhandle Paddleboard Classic Race Series. The final race in the series will is this Saturday, Oct. 8, in Destin Harbor, Fla.
The race series includes shorter distance races with 4-mile and 1-mile courses in four different locations, three of which have already been held. Elite and recreational paddlers can compete in the longer course, while beginners are encouraged to get out and paddle in the 1-mile race.
All the races in the series are shorter in hopes of drawing in people from the panhandle region. "I'm trying to expand SUP racing in the area and wanted people to come out and just have a chance to win," said Matt McDonald of GUSU. "It's a great feeling to cross the finish line after a race and I want people here to know how that feels."
The final event of the Panhandle Paddleboard Classic Race Series is in Destin Harbor, out of spectator view, so a boat will be available to take the first 30 spectators out to watch the race from the water. GUSU will provide boards for use during the race and there will be vendors with lots of SUP gear. There’s also a raffle after the awards ceremony and all proceeds will be donated to the Emerald Coast Autism Society. – Shari Coble
4-mile Race Registration Fee: $35
1-mile Race Registration Fee: $30
9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens
10:00 a.m. – Race Start
For more info: GUSUpaddlesports.com