The paddlers up there aren’t just paddlers. They’re a family, and they’ll take you in and make you their own if you go up there. The paddlers from SUPCayuga came to the Carolina Cup IN FORCE wearing matching jerseys, and brought some for the mullet. We feel like we’re part of the club and can’t wait to see them.
And you want to go up there for the 2015 Cayuga Lake SUP CUP, July 31-August 1.
Why we love this race:
The first thing you’ll notice is how affordable the races are. The Elite race is $50 and the Rec race is $30. It makes it easier for a family to afford to race.
The second thing is that they have three levels of adaptive races, where “Athletes can receive verbal and physical assistance during the competition. This can include verbal instructions and physical assistance getting on the board. Athletes can kneel, sit or stand on the board during the competition.” Amazing. Truly amazing.
SUP Cayuga is the largest fresh water SUP race east of Lake Tahoe. The Cayuga Lake SUP Cup takes place at beautiful Myers Park in Lansing, NY. It is a 3-day community expo celebrating lake, land, and human wellness in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY.
Paddle to the Falls sponsored by Speedboard USA – 6 Mile Elite Race $50
Recreation Race – 3 Mile $30
Level 1 Adaptive Race – 400 Meter, Level 2 Adaptive Race – 800 Meter, and Level 3 Adaptive Race – 1200 Meter
$10 entry fee! How cool is that?
In addition to a paddle race, there are about one million other things to do. Some are part of the race weekend and others are just part of the general charm of the town.
Ithaca, New York is a gorgeous town in the finger lakes district of upstate New York. You can tour wineries, eat delicious food, enjoy the cool summer air, stroll through a botanical garden–the list is endless, really.
In addition, they are ranked:
- Best swimming hole in NYS
- #8 Best wine places in world
- #4 Must visit Farmers’Market
- #8 Top Places to Live
- Smartest City in America
- Best College Town…don’t worry students won’t be here!
In addition to the race there will be:
- An ACA SUP training from Wednesday to Friday
- Plastic Tides documentary on Thursday night
- Camping on site from Thursday through Sunday
The trophies are upcycled wine bottles–really cool!
Read this great post on their website: 10 Reasons to go to a Cayuga Lake SUP Cup
Pictures from the 2014 event: