Note: The 2018 Paddlefest will take place on Friday, November 9 thru Sunday, November 11. More information will be released soon.

Paddlefest 2017

Englewood Beach Paddlefest

Photo by Susan Smith

November 10th through November 12th: A great weekend of Racing, Friends, Family, Games, Prizes, Fun, & Food!

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 3rd year for this event and 2015 & 2016 both got rave reviews from everyone who attended for everything from the gorgeous race waters of Englewood Beach and Stump Pass, amazing food at pre & post race parties, and killer raffle prizes like a brand new Yolo Board, Quickblade Paddle, and leash package available just for race participants. (Which is happening again this year!) Englewood may be a small town but we like to do our events BIG so you can be sure 2017 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.

Hooked On SUP is giving away a brand new Yolo Board stand up paddle board with Quickblade paddle, and leash and all you have to do to win is sign up and paddle in the 6 Mile Long Race, 3 Mile Open, or 1.5 Mile Fun Race. 1 raffle ticket per person will be given for each registration and a random drawing will be held of all entries (must actually participate, not just enter) for one lucky winner!!!

QUADRUPLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING THE PADDLE BOARD & QUICKBLADE PADDLE – Register for the race 4 months early (before July 12, 2017) and receive 4 extra raffle tickets when you check in. Sign up 3 months early (before August 12, 2017) and receive 3 extra raffle tickets when you check in. Sign up 2 months early (before September 12, 2017) and receive 2 extra raffle tickets with check in. Sign up 1 month early (before October 12, 2017) and receive 1 extra raffle ticket.

The fun starts on Friday night 11/10/17 with a kick off party for registered racers and their friends/family. Pre-race packet pick up, pool party, and shrimp boil at Hooked On SUP at Cape Haze Marina. Pool/hot tub party follows dinner so plan on staying for some fun after dinner. Free with race registration, extra tickets available for $10 per person in advance or $15 at door. Kids under 10 are free.

Saturday 11/11/17 – 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 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.

All race entries include a swag bag of goodies, an event t-shirt, entry to Friday Night Shrimp Boil, and a fabulous beach BBQ lunch on race day.

  • 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 ambassador Lina Bowers, 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 (free with race registration, $10 for extra in advance, $15 day of) and if we are lucky we will have some nice surf-able swells like last year for everyone to enjoy post race.

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.

Sunday 11/12/17 – PaddleFit Beach Challenge & Thanksgiving Day Lunch

PaddleFit Beach Challenge starts off our Sunday morning (8:30-10:30am). This was so much fun last year and I think where most of the laughs came in. Competitive teams, costumes, and ridiculousness is encouraged. Be ready to get a little sandy and crazy with Human Hamster Balls, Hippity Hop races, and a salt water Slip N Slide guaranteed to make sure you take a little sand of Englewood Beach home with you!

Englewood is known for what we call “Sandbar Sundays” and we want to show you what all the fun is about! After you’ve worked up a great appetite with the beach games we will be serving a full Thanksgiving Day lunch on our famous Stump Pass Beach Sandbar (12-3pm). Every year the Sunday before Thanksgiving Hooked On SUP has a Pilgrim Paddle where we paddle 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 last year 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, or who entered into the Beach Challenge Sunday morning. If not bringing a dish cost is $10 in advance or $15 morning of. Food includes Fried Turkey, Baked Turkey, Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Cornbread Dressing, Green Beans, Mac n Cheese, Rolls, Assorted Desserts. That is just what will be supplied by Hooked On SUP and restaurant sponsor and chef of Big Water Fish Market. Others will add by bringing specialty dishes and desserts…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 the 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 for delivery to 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.

Great News for you Sprinter Van/Camping Paddlers

Cape Haze Marina is offering FREE camping on race weekend! They have loads of open flat grassy space and parking so tent setup will be allowed and small campers and RV’s. No electric or water hookup so you will need to be self sufficient but large bathrooms with hot/cold showers and hose water for board wash down available. This is the business location of Hooked on SUP so we will help you out with electric for minor things like phone/laptop charging, etc. Location is 2.5 miles by water and 5 miles by land from the race venue. Great location and great opportunity to make this a fun adventure weekend race!! Call Hooked On SUP at 941-504-1699 to reserve your spot. MUST MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE!!!