*WPA Sanctioned *WPA Southeast Region National Points Race
4 days of fun in the sun in Key West, Florida
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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016
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!!!!
1:00-3:00pm Paddle Clinic with Quickblade’s Jim Terrell at Lazy Dog
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!Preorder your healthy race breakfast from Date & Thyme formerly Help Yourself ( same great folks, same great food!)** 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 30, 2016
RACE DAY SCHEDULEHiggs Beach
7:00 am: Classic Expo Opens / Date & Thyme Breakfast served on the beach
8:00 am Racer’s Meeting (Rules & Course Review) and Hawaiian Pule Blessing directly following
8:30am: 12-Mile Distance Race (ocean start), beach finish
8:45am: 4-Mile Open Race (ocean start), beach finish
3:00 pm: Wrap-up at the Beach
The Key West Paddle Classic is an all-inclusive, diverse event for all paddlers.
8:30am 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
– As always, if there are three or more competitors in a division not listed here that wish to participate please contact us and such division will be added.
8:45am 4-MILE OPEN RACE, $60
Standup 14′, 12’6 and SUP Surfboard (12′ and under)
Since this is an ocean race we will watch the wind and tides before setting the course. The course will be set as an “out and back” (buoy) course. Ocean start and a beach finish.
AWARDS CELEBRATION 6pm-10pm
Located at Turtle Kraals & Half Shell Raw Bar Plaza in Lands End Village along the Historic Seaport.
DINNER – Served 6:30pm
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.
Complimentary admission for all racers. Awards dinner tickets will be in racers’ goody bags. 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 two free KONA draft beers.
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
FUN ON THE BEACH
Higgs Beach, Key West
8:00- 9:30am Kids SUP CLINIC With Milla Navarro of South Florida (check-in at 8am in covered concrete pavilion)
For all levels!
Reserve your child’s spot on the registration page. Please use your child’s name for the entry.
$30 Clinic includes free entry into the kids race.
9:45am KIDS RACE
Fun double loop course.
15 and under, $10 (race only, no clinic)
10:30am-11:00am SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUN RACE
One-mile loop race.
11:15am STAND UP SPRINT RACES, $10
SurfSUP (12′ and under) boards only, men’s and women’s divisions. The sprint races will run in heats. Top two finishers in each heat will continue on to next heat. We will sprint to a buoy, make a left hand turn and sprint back. The final race will be a challenge for the top 5 men and women athletes.
12:15pm STAND UP RELAY RACES, $10/person
The relay race is always the most fun and memorable. Teams will consist of four persons with at least one female per team. Only one board can be used per team, SurfSUP boards only. The course will be eight laps, each team member will run through course twice. This is an ocean circuit race. There will be a beach start, a short loop course, competitors will beach their board, run through an obstacle course, then tag their teammate. Costumes and team themes encouraged!
2pm Wrap up on the beach and head over to Salute!!!! KWPC racers invited to enjoy a “special” Happy Hour/Live Music.
Join us at Salute for Happy hour and lunch 1pm-3pm. Salute offers daily specials and live music. Salute is home of the HOMEMADE Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sammy! One of our local paddlers bakes these fresh daily!
PLACE TO STAY: We have secured a room block for the Key West Paddle Classic at The Sheraton Suites. Click here to the link.