Paddlefest 2018 Rescheduled – Press Release

With an abundance of caution and extreme disappointment, this weekend’s Paddlefest 2018, November 9th-11th, will be rescheduled to a future date, yet to be determined. There is too much uncertainty regarding the overall condition of the water where Paddlefest athletes would be racing to ensure their enjoyment and well-being.

The health and safety of the participants are paramount, and the potential that direct, prolonged contact with the water could be less than optimal cannot be chanced. Paddlers are an extended family of sporting enthusiasts who travel the country not just to compete but also to spend the weekend reconnecting with one another. As the Paddlefest organizer and host (and fellow competitor), Paige Bakhaus respects their expenditures of effort, time and resources to travel here. Rescheduling to a future weekend when conditions are not so uncertain better positions her world-class event for peak conditions and safeguards the longevity of Paddlefest in the years to come.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused but know that all stand up paddleboard athletes will understand our decision.

For further information please contact:
Paige Bakhaus
Director of Englewood Beach Paddlefest

Englewood Beach Paddlefest

Photo by Susan Smith

November 9th through November 11th: A great weekend of Racing, Friends, Family, Games, Prizes, Fun, & Food!

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Englewood Beach/Manasota Key, Florida is one of the last unspoiled and pristine beaches left in Florida and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the weekend racing, paddling, playing, and discovering nature in this sleepy little beach town. This is our 4th year for this event and we’ve got rave reviews from everyone who attended for everything from the gorgeous race waters of Englewood Beach and Stump Pass, amazing food and pre & post race parties, and killer raffle prizes like a brand new Yolo BoardQuickblade Paddle, and leash package. Englewood may be a small town but we like to do our events BIG so you can be sure 2018 is going to be even better than last year!

And speaking of BIG…check out our SUP’Squatch division this year in both the 6 mile & 3 mile races! These huge inflatable boards are the newest fun way to tackle the water with a team. If you have a Squatch and want to race you are IN! If you need a Squatch, message us! 

We are also offering a KAYAK DIVISION this year! Yes, we know many of you just haven’t gotten the hang of this stand up thing yet but you still want to race and have fun, so we’ve got you covered! Enter either the 3 mile or 1.5 mile race and have a blast this year! (This is for sit on top or sit inside kayaks using a double bladed paddle) Surfski and OC will have their own divisions.

The fun starts on Friday night 11/9/18 with a kick off party for registered racers their friends/family.

Pre-race packet pick up, and pool party. And we are thrilled to announce the new location for this party at the beautiful and super friendly Aqua Marina Palm Harbor. Yummy food will be served around the pool deck so bring your bathing suit! Free with race registration, extra tickets available for $10 per person in advance or $15 at door. Kids under 10 are free.

Saturday 11/10/18 – Race Day and we have something for everyone!

If we can’t talk you into participating in one of our races yet just know that this is a FABULOUS venue for viewing the race participants at almost every point. This is one of the very few race locations where racers can be seen for virtually the entire course by moving from the start at Englewood Beach to viewing spots along the narrow strip of land inside Stump Pass Beach State Park on the beach side and bay side as you follow along. Or just bring beach chairs or a blanket or towel and get comfy on your favorite piece of sand and cheer as everyone paddles past you.

  • Long Race: 6 Miles ($65)
    Beach start race and will take place in Gulf waters, paddling through a very challenging ocean pass into the intra-coastal waterway then making a loop and heading back out the pass to the ocean and ending back at the same beach where you started. Currents and boat traffic in the pass are known to be ever changing and unpredictable. Please check out the course in advance and no novice paddlers please!

  • Open Course: 3 Miles ($55)
    This is also a beach start and Gulf water race. Designed for the intermediate to beginner paddler but we recommend you practice paddling in the ocean before this race! This will be an up and back loop course and will NOT go through the pass.

  • Recreational Fun Race: 1.5 Miles ($45)
    For paddlers who want to experience the beauty of Englewood Beach and enjoy a mellow paddle. Also taking place on the Gulf side.

  • Paddle Hound Kids Race: 1/4 Mile ($25)
    Also in the Gulf but close to shore for kids up to 11 yrs old. Cost includes pre-race paddle clinic with junior paddle ambassadors Lina Bowers and Dylan Geiger, a “made for kids” race board & paddle to use for race, and a special “Paddle Hound” t-shirt. PFD and leash for safety will also be supplied.

Amazing Beach Lunch and Awards to follow by Farlows On The Water (free with race registration, $10 for extra in advance, $15 day of).

Board Rentals are available at Hooked On SUP and will be reserved on a first come/first served basis. 941-504-1699, MUST CALL IN ADVANCE FOR RESERVATION and they will go quickly so don’t wait! Race Boards- $65; Sup/Surf- $45. Boards will be delivered to beach morning of race and picked up at beach at end of race.

*PFD (US Coast Guard Approved life jacket) required to be on board or worn by all paddlers 13 yrs of age and older. If 12 yrs or under life jacket must be worn. LEASHES ALSO REQUIRED. Leashes will be available to rent or buy if you don’t have one but please don’t complain about this requirement or try to slide by without one. You will NOT be allowed to race without a leash & a PFD and you will not get a refund.

Sunday 11/11 is our Funday

And we promise to have you all packed up and ready to roll to wherever home is by 3 pm!

Englewood is known for what we call “Sandbar Sundays” and we want to show you what all the fun is about! We are hosting a pot luck Thanksgiving Day themed lunch on our famous Stump Pass Beach Sandbar. Every year the Sunday before Thanksgiving Hooked On SUP has a Pilgrim Paddle where we paddle or walk to the sandbar and set up tables, chairs, and a full Thanksgiving feast and invite anyone who paddles, floats, or boats to bring a dish and come enjoy the fun with us. The event has become pretty legendary so 2 years ago we began holding it a week early so that we can incorporate it with PaddleFest and share it with all of you! Free for anyone bringing a dish. If not bringing a dish we ask for a contribution of $10 paid when you show up. Food usually includes Fried Turkey, Baked Turkey, Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Cornbread Dressing, Green Beans, Mac n Cheese, Rolls, Assorted Desserts but you are welcome to bring whatever you love…it is a true feast of food and friendship just like Thanksgiving is meant to be! Water will be available, please bring your own reusable drink bottle and/or your own cooler with beverage of choice. To get there paddle 1 mile south down the instracoastal waterway from the launch at Stump Pass Beach State Park, or walk to the sandbar at the pass from Stump Pass Beach State Park. Board and kayak rentals will also be available at Hooked On SUP’s Stump Pass Beach State Park by Hooked On SUP but will go fast so call in advance for reservations. Cost is $35 for paddleboard or single kayak or $40 for double kayaks.

Because we are stewards of our earth and ocean we will not have bottled water at this event. There will be hydration stations and everyone is encouraged to bring your own reusable container.

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