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Go Paddle Event Profile: On Board, Welland, Ontario, Canada

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On Board Charity Paddle

Date

July 2, 2017

Location

Welland, Ontario, Canada

Can you describe the different races and courses?

On Sunday July 2, 2017 Madeline LeBlanc will be paddling 10km down the Welland Canal and is encouraging others to join her. At 2:00 pm the paddling journey will start at the Pen Financial Credit Union Flatwater Centre at the end of Thorold Road. From there, participants will paddle to the Welland International Flatwater Centre, then turn around and head back to the Pen Financial Credit Union Flatwater Centre. At the starting point, one of On Board’s sponsors, Ausmosis Board Works, will host a free SUP demo day for people to try paddle boarding.

What kind of paddling settings and conditions will racers face?

Flatwater

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

The event is free, so there no registration fee required. The event is all about having fun paddling 10km and honouring Julia Turner, Lynn Lambert, Dalton Jacques and McKenna Modler. Paddlers will love the beauty of the Welland Canal and bringing together the paddling community for something awesome!

Will there be any clinics and what are the details?

A free SUP demo will be hosted at the starting point. So for those who have never stepped on a paddle board, this is the chance to do so!

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

Paddlers are encouraged to bring their own gear. Water will be available at the event for those to fill up their hydration packs.

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

Yes, with the Welland Canal Corporation, at the starting point (Pen Financial Credit Union Community Flatwater Centre).

Where can people buy groceries?

Sobeys, 609 S Pelham Rd, Welland, ON L3C 3C7

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

Best Western Plus Rose City Suites, 300 Prince Charles Dr S, Welland, ON L3C, (905) 732-0922

What great local restaurants can you recommend?

Taris on the Water, Fireside, M.T. Bellies, CC’s Dugout

Where is the best coffee in town?

Blacksheep Lounge

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

The event raises funds for brain cancer research with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Event website

https://www.facebook.com/maddisrideonboard/

 Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/134118497093686/

Instagram 

https://www.instagram.com/maddi3leblanc/

Twitter 

https://twitter.com/MaddiLeblanc17

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Lisa
Lisa is managing editor of PaddleMonster.com and is an avid paddler of all the things - including sup, SurfSki, outrigger canoe and prone, though she especially enjoys paddle surfing and downwinding. She is a former journalist with more than 30 years experience in print and broadcast journalism and in government communications. She is a six-time Chattajack finisher, racing both sup and OC2. When not paddling, she is an outdoor instructor.

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