- From 30 Thu Apr 2015 to 03 Sun May 2015 April 30, 2015 May 3, 2015 Parrot Key Resort
Key West Paddleboard Classic
The 12-mile distance around the island of Key West is to become a saltwater racecourse for competitors on paddleboards and self-propelled watercraft during the 2015 Key West Paddle Classic. The race is scheduled Saturday, May 2, with accompanying events for participants Thursday through Sunday, April 30 through May 3.
Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures and the Turtle Kraals Restaurant & Bar, the challenge is open to watersports enthusiasts on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks.
Participants can compete in the 12-mile elite race or the 4-mile open race. Events are headquartered at Higgs Beach at 1000 Atlantic Blvd. on the Atlantic Ocean.
The 12-mile race is a World Paddle Association southeast region national points event.
Saturday’s action kicks off with a 7:30 a.m. expo opening at Higgs Beach. An ocean start for participants in the 12-mile race is set for 9 a.m., followed by a 9:15 a.m. start for the 4-mile event.
The 12-mile course takes competitors past island landmarks such as the Southernmost Point marker and Mallory Square, site of Key West’s nightly sunset celebration. After circumnavigating the island, racers finish at Higgs Beach.
The 4-mile race is to follow an out-and-back course determined by wind and tide conditions.
An awards celebration is planned for 6-10 p.m. Saturday outside the Turtle Kraals at Key West’s Lands End Village, located at the foot of Margaret Street. Highlights include awards presentations, prize drawings, live music, dancing and food and drink specials.
The weekend also features a 5-7 p.m. meet-and-greet April 30 at Lazy Dog at Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 U.S. Highway 1. A standup paddleboard clinic is set for 2-4 p.m. May 1 at Higgs Beach followed by a 5-8 p.m. kick-off party and registration packet pickup at the Turtle Kraals.
Events are to conclude Sunday, May 3, with a Higgs Beach day featuring a kids’ SUP clinic and race, a Special Olympics race, adult sprint races and a paddleboard relay for four-person teams.
Event information and registration: http://lazydog.com/index.php/paddleboard-classic/