On a beautiful Saturday morning in Cornelius, N.C. I enjoyed my first Paddle Board Race. Sponsored by My Aloha Paddle & Surf, Inc. in partnership with Charlotte Cycleboats, and the Southern Stoke Series, it was the 7th Annual Stand Up Paddle Board Race.
The event provided a chance for 60 Elite Competitors in the fast growing Paddle Board Races to check their medal on the water, and it also was a wonderful event for around 60 recreational Paddle Boarders to also race. Topping it all off was that the event was a fundraiser to benefit six local charities and one International foundation.
For me it was a short drive down Interstate 77 to the Port City Club in Cornelius, NC. Although a little overcast, the air temp was perfect, although I can imagine the lake water still held much of its winter chill. (I only saw one person take a plunge.) The Elite race followed a 6.2 Mile course, and with the sound of the air horn the racers were quickly out of sight. The Recreational Stand Up Paddlers had a 2+mile race and you could keep your eye on them the entire time. The event showcased lots of different open class paddle crafts: kayaks, Surfskis, OCs, etc.
My daughter is a recreational Stand Up and Paddler. She allowed me to use her board once. Its hard! I admire these athletes young and old who participate for fun and exercise, and compete in this truly unique sport.
If you would like to go and watch a Stand Up and Paddle Race there are a few scheduled in North Carolina in the months and weeks ahead.
5/12 – Battle of the Broad, Asheville, NC
5/19 – Crystal Kai SUP Cup, Beaufort, NC
5/26 – Downriver Dash – Stand Up Paddle Board Race, Arden, NC
6/2 – Paddle Palooza 2018, Avon, NC
6/16 – Catawba River Race, Charlotte, NC
6/23 – OBX SUP Race, Nags Head, NC
8/4 – Paddle Grapple, Bryson City, NC
If you don’t live in the Carolina’s then this website – Stand and Paddle Races – list events state by state.