Paddleboard Race, Raffle Enjoyed by Hundreds
On May 9 & 10, My Aloha Paddle and Surf, in partnership with Visit Lake Norman, hosted the Stand Up for the Catawba Lake Norman SUP paddleboard race and raffle at Port City Club in Cornelius. The Elite and Recreational races were sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA) and followed by a luau.
The event began Friday, May 9, in the evening with a meet-and-greet at Port City Club. This was the first WPA race to be held on Lake Norman, featuring Elite and Recreational races along with paddleboard fitness demos. The races not only benefited the Catawba Riverkeeper but the Charlotte Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation as well.
Winners! Credit to Andy and Lisa Jay with the publication Dashboards & Saddlebags for the photos!
The elite and recreational races began Saturday morning after a pre-race meeting, shortly followed by an awards ceremony on the beach at 11 a.m. where the winner of the raffle was announced. There were several different races including men's and women's elite class, which were 6.5 miles long, and four men's and women's recreational races, which were 3 miles long. To celebrate the success of the event, there was a North Carolina-styled Luau featuring the Island Hula Girls and island music. Paddleboarding is growing quickly across the nation, and there is hope this will be an annual event that continues to grow!
MANY thanks to our volunteers who came out to provide chase boats for safety and to set up a booth with information on our work. Brendan Battle and his pup Pepper helped with Riverkeeper Sam Perkins' chase boat for the Rec Race, while Lake Norman Covekeepers Will and Judy Anderson were on the chase boat for the Elite Race. CRF Board Chair Michael Lindsey held down our table!
The Elite Race:
they're off! Corey Taylor won the 6.5-mile race in 61:30.
Post-race festivities kicking off with the winner announcement and the luau!
Santa Claus is coming to Lake Norman in the Rec Race!
Lake Norman Covekeeper Will Andersen clearly not too exhausted to have a good time after running the chase boat for the Elite Race.
Riverkeeper Sam Perkins, MIL Covekeeper Brendan Battle (and Pepper), and photographer Lisa Jay come in after being the chase boat for the Rec Race.