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An inland flatwater contest in the heart of NASCAR country, complete with a Hawaiian Luau afterwards, all in support of a great cause!


May 14, 2016


Cornelius, North Carolina

Can you describe the different races and courses?

6.5 Mile Elite Long Course
May 14th, 2016 7am-8am Check-in, 8:15 Start
Cost: $65.00* Includes a Race Day T-Shirt & a Luau Ticket
*This registration price available until April 30, 2016.

Long Course Participant: A person that races frequently and maybe interested in competing at a higher level with better paddlers. This person can also manage and adapt to various water conditions like with waves, current and more difficult conditions on the open ocean.
1st Place Prize – cash total of $500 ($250/Men’s and $250/Women’s)
Sponsor prizes to be announced
2.5 Mile – Recreational Race/Short Course
May 14th, 2016 7am-8am Check-in, 8:30 start
Cost: $45.00* Includes a Race Day T-Shirt and a Luau Ticket
*This registration price available until April 30, 2016.

Short Course Participant: A person that does not race on a regular basis or is just beginning to race in the sport and is also not interested in competing at a high level of competition. The racer most likely has not placed in the top 10 of their division in a race.
1st Place Prize – Carbon fiber high performance Paddle – By Yolo and Pinnacle Paddles
Sponsor Prizes – TBD
.5 mile Kids race under 14 years old
May 14th, 2016 7am -8am Check-in, 10:45 am start
Cost: $15.00

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What kind of paddling settings and conditions will racers face?

Flatwater & possible winds

Does your event benefit a charity and if so, can you tell us about them?

Yes, all the proceeds support IGNITE, a community center in Davidson,NC, for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, operated by the Autism Society of North Carolina. IGNITE offers activities, skills training, and educational workshops that foster social, financial, educational, and employment independence for its members. But most importantly, IGNITE offers a social environment in which members can connect with others and experience a sense of community. IGNITE was founded in 2012 by NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham, whose son, Ray J, has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Where can people get paddle gear like PFDs and Hydration packs?

PFDs will be available at My Aloha Paddle & Surf upon prior reservation. Water available at Port City Club, but no hydration packs.

Are there paddleboard rentals available and if yes, where? Contact info?

Yes, from My Aloha Paddle & Surf upon prior reservation. Please call 704-526-8432 to reserve paddleboards.

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Where can people buy groceries?

Food will be provided in the ticket purchase for Saturday, but local grocery stores are close.

Where can people stay? Do you have a hotel you can recommend and contact info?

There are many great hotels available within 15 miles from Huntersville to Mooresville. A nearby favorite is Homewood Suites by Hilton Davidson (Address: 125 Harbour Place Dr, Davidson, NC 28036 Phone: 704-987-1818)

What great local restaurants can you recommend?

Port City Club and Mac’s Speed Shop

Where is the best coffee in town?

Waterbean Coffee

What makes your event great? What will paddlers love about coming to your event?

The whole event is fun from the start with the Friday evening kickoff party from 6-9 p.m. at Port City Club, including food, beverages, music, and a live auction. Then race day is a blast, especially the awards ceremony on the beach that begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by a Hawaiian luau featuring the Island Hula Girls along with island music, food, and fun activities for all ages.





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