The classic is a month away. The mullet will be paddling and posting from the race site all weekend. This Southeast Regional WPA Points Race is one of the crown jewels of East Coast racing. Get there. Bring or find a cruiser, paddle and celebrate. This is one of the most enjoyable events around that truly gives you, friends and family a change to paddle then unwind. And it’s Key West.
Larry Cain is the defending champ and he’ll be teaching one of his amazing clinics on Friday from 2-4.
About the Key West Paddleboard Classic:
Annual 12 mile paddleboard race around Key West island May 2, 2015. The race is open to all self-powered watercraft, including standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, surf skis and kayaks.
THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014
5-7pm LAZY DOG YAPPY HOUR
Join us at Lazy Dog for a casual meet and greet happy hour at Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 US 1, Key West. Meet the dogs and feel free to bring Fido on a leash! This event is open to the general public. Free board demos and drink specials!
FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014
1-3pm PADDLE CLINIC (TBA)
Paddle Performance Clinic and course management (tides, winds, current, course) . At Higgs Beach.
All levels welcome!
2-4pm Training Techniques and Race Preparation Clinic with Larry Cain, $75 at Higgs Beach
Learn from Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist, this clinic will focus on training technique (drills, using resistance, technique workouts) and race skills/preparation/strategy.
5-8pm KICK-OFF PARTY AND REGISTRATION PACKET PICKUP AT TURTLE KRAALS
Racers can catch up, discuss race strategies, review course map! Invite your friends and family to this fun free event. Bocci courts and corn hole games! Complementary KONA BEER.
** IMPORTANT NOTE: All racers required to pick up packets before the morning of the race to obtain your timing chip and race number. If you are unable to attend the registration party please contact us at [email protected]dog.com to make other arrangements.
SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2013
12-mile “Paddle Around the Island”
Key West Paddle Board Classic
WPA Southeast Region National Points Race
4-mile Open Race
Open race (14′, 12’6, 12′ and under) boards
7:00 am: Classic Expo Opens
8:45 am: Racer’s Meeting
9:00 am: 12-Mile Elite Race (ocean start), beach finish
9:15 am: 4-Mile Open Race (ocean start), beach finish
3:30 pm: Wrap-up at the beach
DETAILS AND BOARD DIVISIONS FOR ELITE RACE:
9:00am 12 MILE ELITE RACE sponsored by TURTLE KRAALS, $85
The Key West Paddleboard Classic is an all-inclusive, diverse event for all paddlers.
- Divisions include:
Standup Paddleboard Race 12’6″
Standup Paddleboard Stock (12′ and under)
Standup Paddleboard 14″
Standup Paddleboard Unlimited
Paddleboard Stock (Prone)
Paddleboard Unlimited (Prone)
9:15am 4 MILE OPEN RACE, $60
Open race (14′, 12’6, 12′ and under) boards
We are going to watch the tidal conditions on this one very closely the days before the race and then determine the most enjoyable 4-Mile course starting from Higgs Beach. But it will probably look something like a triangle in the following direction:
The Open Race course will follow in the wake of our Elite racers heading west, we’re going to round a buoy marker and head away from the island for a mile or so toward another buoy marker. After the 2nd turn, racers will head to the finish back at Higgs Beach!
AWARDS CELEBRATION 6-10pm
Located at Turtle Kraals & Half Shell Raw Bar Plaza in Lands End Village along the Historic Seaport.
Join us for live music and dancing! Awards celebration includes food, drink specials, prize drawings for all participants and awards presentation and special acknowledgement for our top finishers.
Complimentary admission for all racers. Tickets for friends/family can be purchased at registration on active.com or at the door for just $15/person at the door. Includes two free Kona draft beers.
SUNDAY, MAY 4
FUN ON THE BEACH
8:30-9:30am Kids SUP CLINIC
Higgs Beach, Key West
For all levels!
You can reserve your spot on the registration page.
$40 Clinic includes free entry into the kids race.
9:45am KIDS RACE
1 mile double loop course.
15 and under, $10 (race only, no clinic)
10:30am SPECIAL OLYMPICS PADDLE- to begin immediately after 4 mile race.
11:30am SPRINT RACES, $10
12’6 and under boards only, men’s and women’s divisions
The sprint races will run in heats. Top two finishers in each heat will continue on to next heat. We will sprint to a buoy, make a left hand turn and sprint back. The final race will be a challenge for the top 5 men and women athletes.
12:24pm RELAY RACES, $10/person
The relay race is always the most fun and memorable. Teams will consist of four persons with at least one female per team. Only one board can be used per team, a 12’6″ or under SUP board. The course will be eight laps, each team member will run through course twice. This is an ocean circuit race. There will be a beach start, a short loop course, competitors will beach their board, run through an obstacle course, then tagging their teammate.
Where to stay?
Booking.com http://www.booking.com/index.html?aid=383975 is the proud sponsor and the choice booking engine for the Key West Paddleboard Classic.