The 20th Annual Key West Paddle Classic
April 27th – April 30, 2017
Join in a weekend of fun, clinics and racing! The week of events will include a Paddle Technique Clinic, 12-Mile Circumnavigation of Key West, Relay Races, Sprint Races, Kids SUP Clinic and Race plus more! Paddle around the Island with all your friends and fellow SUP athletes!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
9 am Paddle Yoga Bliss with Tara at Lazy Dog
Float your Yoga practice, liberate your body, mind & spirit as our guide takes you through a series of yoga asanas aboard Sup. Namaste! Call to reserve your spot 305-295-9898
2 pm Paddle Board Eco Tour with Lazy Dog Guides
Enjoy an “easy pace” on a peaceful Eco-Tour through the backcountry through winding tidal creeks & lush mangrove tunnels on SUP or Kayak….remember that we are pet-friendly! We would love to have your furry companion accompany you!
4 pm FREE SUP Board Demo
Meet at Lazy Dog to demo race & recreational boards from top paddle board companies visiting for the event!
5 pm LAZY DOG & KONA BREWING CO. HAPPY HOUR
Join us at Lazy Dog for a casual “meet and greet” happy hour at Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 US 1, Key West. Meet the dogs and feel free to bring Fido on a leash! This event is open to the general public. Free board demos and drink specials! Free Kona Beer!!!!
530-730 pm at Lazy Dog
PADDLE TECHNIQUE & STROKE CLINIC Power Speed Stamina!
Each year Lazy Dog invites a professional paddler to share their secrets success and to teach paddlers in their own creative way how to improve their stroke and speed! This Race Preparation clinic will cover all fundamentals of SUP race technique, breaking the stroke down to create full body connection and muscle activation through each phase of the paddle stroke allowing you to be more efficient, give you more power and maintain for longer periods of time! Clinic will also cover race tips & strategy as well as nutrition, training schedules and other workout routines!
FRIDAY APRIL 28, 2017
Strengthen within in this Paddle Fit Class with Heather Gaines at Lazy Dog!
1pm-3pm PADDLE CLINIC WITH JIM TERREL
Jim Terrel, aka “Mad Scientist,” Founder/operator of leading paddle company Quickblade Paddles has lots to offer with his unique approach to SUP racing in this paddle stroke technique clinic at Lazy Dog! More info to follow.
5pm-8pm KICK-OFF PARTY
REGISTRATION PACKET PICKUP
AT TURTLE KRAALS
Racers can catch up, discuss race strategies, & review course map! Invite your friends and family to this fun free event. Bocci courts and corn hole games as well as the famous Turtle Kraals turtle races! Complimentary KONA beer! Racers can pre-order healthy organic pre-race breakfast from Date & Thyme!
** IMPORTANT NOTE: All racers required to pick up packets before the morning of the race. If you are unable to attend the happy hour at Lazy Dog or the registration party at Turtle Kraals, packets will be available after the race at the registration tent.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017
9am MAIN EVENT 12-mile Key West Paddle Classic at Higgs Beach
12-Mile Distance Race “Paddle Around the Island” WPA Southeast Region National Points Race Paddlers can compete individually on a single paddle craft, in a group on multiple person paddle craft, or as a Relay Team consisting of 3 persons with switch off locations and transportation!
10am SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUN DEMO/RACE
Enjoy this playful display of fun as these athletes put on one heck-of-a show in a beachside demo race. The purpose of this demo is to introduce our honored beneficiaries of the Key West Paddle Classic. Each year the Classic donates $3,000+ to the Special Olympics Monroe County Paddle Board Team!
6pm-10:00pm Awards Celebration at Turtle Kraals Restaurant & Bar
Party is open to all paddlers, families, friends & the generally awesome public! *Dinner served 630pm Tickets available online or at the door! ($3 discount online)
SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017
8am-930am Kids’ SUP Clinic
Clinic is for kids ages 6-16. All ages 17 and under can race!
Age groups will be broken down as follows: 8&under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17
(check-in for Clinic is at 8am in covered concrete pavilion)
For all levels! Reserve your child’s spot on the registration page. Please create a paddle guru account in your child’s name for clinic/race entry.
$30 Clinic includes free entry into the kids race.
945am KIDS RACE
Ages 17 and under
Fun double loop course.
15 and under, $10 (race only, no clinic) **Boards, paddles, life vests provided!
SUNDAY FUN-DAY at SNIPES POINT
Departs at 12 Noon from Lazy Dog at Hurricane Hole Marina TBA
Venture out with us on a journey through the backcountry to the legendary sand bar of Snipes Point just off of Key West. Enjoy a scenic boat ride, picnic lunch, & paddling in this amazing island oasis. We will commence in the “Classic” paddle games…….including sprints, relays, and other fun events ….like paddle jousting!!!!! :)
(We are still working out the details for Sunday Funday but trust us when we say this will be a FANTASTIC time! We are no strangers to FUN and we look forward to sharing a special “LOCAL” piece of our little island! )
SATURDAY, APRIL 29th
RACE DAY INFO & SCHEDULE
700am RACER CHECK-IN
715am Classic Expo Opens / Date & Thyme Breakfast served on the beach
815am Racer’s Meeting (Rules & Course Review)
830 Hawaiian Pule Blessing directly following
9am RACE START for the 12-Mile Distance Race
(ocean start), beach finish
330pm Wrap-up at the Beach
The Key West Paddle Classic is an all-inclusive, diverse event for all paddlers.
RACE DIVISIONS for the 9am 12-MILE DISTANCE RACE sponsored by TURTLE KRAALS
Standup Paddleboard Race 14′
Standup Paddleboard 12’6
Standup Surfboard (12′ and under)
Standup Paddleboard Unlimited
Standup Inflatable Unlimited
Relay (mens, womens, mixed)
NOTE: As always, we are happy to add your division if not listed here, however awards recognition requires three or more competitors in a division.
AWARDS CELEBRATION INFORMATION 6pm-10pm
Located at Turtle Kraals & Half Shell Raw Bar Plaza in Lands End Village along the Historic Seaport.
Join us for live music and dancing! Awards celebration includes food, drink specials,prize drawings for all participants and awards presentation and special acknowledgement for our top finishers.
DINNER – Served 630pm AWARDS 730 PARTY 9-???????
Complimentary admission for all racers **Awards/dinner tickets in all racers’ goody bags.
Note: Tickets for friends/family can be purchased In advance online at paddleguru.com for just $15 or at the door for $18/person at the awards party.
Book early and Save! *Includes fresh fish taco dinner and 2 free KONA draft beers!
This county beach has clean changing rooms and bathrooms, a full service restaurant, and parking!
We will have board caddies at our board drop off location if you would like to enjoy this service free of charge!
*Please note race start times are subject to change in favor of racers. We will choose best time based on tidal predictions and current weather. Keep watching our Key West Paddle Classic Facebook page for updates!
For more information, please drop us a line:
firstname.lastname@example.org or you can register soon on paddleguru.com
Board rentals will be available but reserve early as they always sell out! Click here to reserve a board.
PaddleYoga Teacher Trainings
Lazy Dog PaddleYoga/WPA Level 1 Teacher Training.
The course is geared towards introducing yoga practitioners and yoga teachers to the sport of SUP. We have been successfully training men and women from all over the country for the last 5 years. The Lazy Dog PaddleYoga adventure began in 2008 and is still running strong.
The training will cover, but is not limited to: SUP equipment overview, SUP skills and technique, Adapting Yoga to SUP and PaddleYoga class development, water safety and rescue, chart exploration and weather knowledge, marketing tips and business application.
April 19, 20, 21, 2017 Wrightsville Beach, NC $695
For more information on our paddle yoga program contact us here.
SUPFest 6 Mile Paddle Board Race
Key West, Florida January 29, 2017
SUPfest’s “Lazy Dog Bone Island 6-Miler ” is a fun paddle race down the channel, through the island canals, under bridges, around mangroves and other obstacles, and exits to the Gulf of Mexico finishing back at the lazy Dog Paddle Shack! Board rentals are available through calling the Lazy Dog Shack at 305-295-9898. To register click here.
World Paddle Association Instructor’s Certification
$295 Gets you certified!
Lazy Dog will be holding a World Paddle Association SUP Certification Class in Key West on Thursday January 28, 2016 from 9a-3p. Check in is at 8:30am.
The WPA Water Safety curriculum includes classroom and on water instruction as part of the water safety education classes that includes:
• Board and Equipment Purchasing
• SUP Etiquette
• Safety Planning
• Injury Prevention
• Water Dynamics
• Boating Laws
• Board & Paddling Skills
• Rescue techniques
• Water Safety information
All instructors who complete a World Paddle Association Water Safety class are also required to complete the following criteria to satisfy the certification requirements. An instructor may attend a WPA Water Safety class if have not met the following CPR/First aid and insurance criteria:
• CPR/First Aid certificate (class format through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross)
• Liability insurance coverage (we will send you information with lower insurance rates only available for WPA instructors)
• $75 per year to maintain WPA instructor certificate (first year fee included in the first class)
• 80% on certification exam
• WPA member
• Marketing: instructors will be posted by level and region on the WPA website
• Insurance: discounted rates for individual and group insurance
• Backed by a structured organization with the WPA and the WPA Board of Instructors
• Updates with curriculum supplied to all WPA instructors
This is a one day class to meet your requirements for a WPA instructor class I certification. All instructors attending must adhere to the guidelines set forward by the WPA at www.worldpaddleassociation.com. Feel free to pack a lunch. There is a full service restaurant on premise however we will conduct more of a lunch and learn style lunch instead of taking a lunch break.
If for some reason you have to cancel and cannot attend you will not lose your deposit. We will apply your deposit to the next WPA class that you can attend.
Please note that along with your credentials that you have submitted on your application you MUST be able to maneuver and paddle a board in a confident and comfortable fashion. The WPA classes are tailored to the sport of stand up paddling. Your certification will be delayed and/or withheld if the instructors feel that your skill level is not up the standards needed to teach lessons as a WPA Instructor.
We look forward to providing the best practices with stand up paddleboard water safety education to pass on for your future lesson plans and staff. For more information click here.
Hemingway Days 5K run & 3 mile Paddle Board race
Dates for 2017 TBA Paddle Race starts at 6pm, 5K starts at 7:30pm
Do both or do just one.
The popular 5K Run (and Walk) is the oldest ongoing race in Key West, and for the fourth year also combines a Paddleboard Race, which has grown tremendously. Entrants are encouraged to sign up early and can reserve paddle boards with Lazy Dog Outfitters. At 6 p.m., the paddle board race starts at the island’s Southernmost Beach, 1405 Duval St. The course is three miles on the Atlantic Ocean then finishes back at the beach.
Then the 5K Run will begin at 7:30 at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States, which overlooks the ocean at Whitehead and South streets. The fast, flat 3.1-mile course takes runners through picturesque Old Town Key West past landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum.
In true Key West style, there’s an after-party back at the beach by the Southernmost Beach Cafe., with awards, food, libations, raffles, and a silent auction.
On race day, the registration booth will be open from 3-7 p.m. at the Southernmost Hotel. Race packets can be picked up there. The race will be chip timed.
LAZY DOG STAND UP PADDLING CLASSES!
Lazy Dog is offering an Intro to Stand-Up Paddling Class for the Hemingway Days 5k & Lazy Dog Paddle Board Race.
Classes will be held at Lazy Dog, in the Hurricane Hole Marina, Sotck Island on Thursday, July 21st. and Friday, July 22nd. Class times are 5pm-6:30pm.
Learn from our WPA certified instructors. We are delighted to share our knowledge with you to help you have a safe and successful race experience. Whether you are a first time paddler or a paddler looking to brush up on your paddle stroke technique and gain some pointers before race day, this class is for you!
Cost is $15
Register for the Intro to Paddle Boarding class by calling Lazy Dog at 305-295-9898
Reservation includeds paddle, board, leash & life vest.
Remember to bring a water, sunscreen, sunglasses & a hat!
Lazy Dog Race the Reef
September 10, 2017 Key West, Florida
Annual event on the weekend after Labor day.
Race is approximately a 6 miler open ocean race (course may vary depending on weather). Sebago Catamarans located at the Historic Seaport District will take racers out to the start line on the reef. Racers will jump off boat with their board and will race to Higgs Beach, Key West. Awards immediately following on the beach. Food and drink supplied by Salute Restaurant. Transportation back to Sebago (if you left your car there) will be provided by Lazy Dog. Board transportation will not be available. CASH bar for beer & cocktails! Transport to the reef is sponsored by Sebago Catamarans!
6:30am SHARP! Sebago Catamarans leaves dock with racers and boards.
Sunrise sail to the reef.
Toss boards (and people) overboard at the reef
Race back until your feet hit the sand at Higgs Beach.
Salute will provide a homemade breakfast.
Awards shortly after.
To register, click here.
2017 SUP Invitational
TBA at Higgs Beach
2 mile open race (for all levels) with an obstacle course included. All races proceeds go to the Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County.
EVERYONE IS INVITED!
The largest INCLUSIVE SUP event in history!
Hosted by Lazy Dog
Awards Sponsored by Garden of Life
Family fun for the weekend in Key West!
When: October 15 and 16, 2016
Where: Higgs Beach, Key West
Sat. Oct. 15 -The Preffered Properties Beachside Luau on Higgs Beach with Live Music, Raffles, Merchandise sales, games, yoga, Zumba and dancing Special Olympics style all on the beach at sunset! Starts at 5 pm. Dinner tickets $25.00 purchase at http://ow.ly/74iS304fUxh or purchase when you regsister to race!
Sunday Oct. 16– Race Day–2 mile paddle board and beach obstacle course to support Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County! Race divisions designed to support Special Olympcis atheltes. $35.00 Race registration will sponsor one Special Olympic athelte for their event, get them a shirt and lunch. You will also recieve a shirt and lunch! Get registered at
This amazing event is in it’s 5th year and brings together paddlers of all abilities!
All events will occur at Higgs Beach in Key West!
Your $35.00 race registration sponsors one Special Olympics Florida SUP athlete to have a FREE fun race weekend.
12:30 Open race starts. This will be 2 miles with an obstacle course and fun for all levels.
Free Lunch and Free T-shirt with Special Olympics Logo- Preregister by Oct. 10!
Register at Paddleguru—
Not a racer or cannot make the event???
Donate to help us make this event AWESOME for Special Olympics SUP athletes. http://ow.ly/RGm1304fUSp
Sign up to volunteer http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0544afa722a3fb6-20163
Haunted Kayak (annual at Halloween)
Halloween weekend. Annual Haunted Kayak for some haunted mangrove fun!!
Guided 30 min tours leaving every half hour from 7-10. Cost is $10 for everyone over 10 years and $5 for children under 10.
ONLY DOUBLE KAYAKS AVAILABLE!! (can fit small children in middle of a double. Prices are per person not per kayak.
Please show up 15 mins before tour time.
RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
It’s going to be wicked fun!! Don’t miss out!
2015 dates to be announced.
Events that have passed but were so much fun we will do again. Check out pictures from the events on our Facebook page click here.