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Kayak, Canoe, SUP the Beautiful Peconic River in July

The 3rd annual Paddle Battle Long Island is a kayak, canoe and SUP race / event that takes place on July 18. Race starts in scenic Riverhead, Long Island, NY and travels the beautiful Peconic River.

The Peconic River is a spectacular stretch of the estuary on Long Island’s historic east end. Races consist of 2.5 mile, 5 mile and 12 mile courses, designed for all skill levels.

This fun filled day of races helps raise money for the not-for-profit organizations The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation & East End Tourism Alliance.

Here’s a breakdown of race day, but be sure to visit the event listing for more information including the official race website: http://www.borntopaddle.com/event/paddle-battle-long-island-ny/

2.5 Mile Race – Recreational
(Race categories: Recreational kayak, Stand up paddle boards) Each category will go off separately. This race is for fun and designed for the novice and less experienced paddler, but it’s still a race so bring your competitive spirit. This distance is one lap around Colonel’s island and back to the start/finish line.
* We also have designed a 2.5 mile mixed doubles race for canoes and kayakers any age group any mix {father son, mother daughters, you and your BFF} any way you want, but jump in and have some fun…….. Rentals for canoes and kayaks will be available for ($40.00 fee)

5 Mile Race – Competitive
{Race Categories: Recreational kayak, Sea kayak, Unlimited kayaks, Stand up paddle boards} Each category will go off separately. This race is designed for the serious competitive paddler.
This distance is two laps around the entire course, Colonels Island and back to the start/finish line two times.

12 Mile Race – Elite
{Race Categories: Any kayak/outrigger/canoe/two person kayak or canoe/ unlimited/anything goes}
This race is designed for the elite competitor. The distance is 6 miles out to Simmons Point around a buoy/marker and spotter boat, and back to the start/finish line.

SUP Sprint- 200 yards -Two classes -
First race is designed for the 12 and under beginners (parents can paddle next to them) straight shot buoy to buoy with no turn.

Second race is for all those that purchase a $10.00 raffle ticket to win a FOCUS Stand Up Paddle Board. This raffle ticket also gets you into the adult sprint race for all ages and all the bragging rights until next year!

*Bring your friends and fans for support so they can cheer you on at the start and finish line where they will be in full view!

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Weather is warming…Time to Paddle! Canoe, Kayak, SUP events

Brrr. But not for much longer! Now is the time to get your 2015 kayak, canoe, SUP events and race calender set. We’ve got a great listing for 2015 here on our Event pages: http://www.borntopaddle.com/events/

 

We’ve also got tons of places to kayak, canoe, SUP on our Places to paddle page: http://www.borntopaddle.com/placestopaddle.php

 

And we’re always looking to update our info to make sure the kayaking and paddling community has a great place to go to find places, races and events each year. So if you have a race or event that you want us to add to our listings, or if you know a great place to paddle, use our contact form to send us the info and we’ll get it posted: http://www.borntopaddle.com/contact/

**Be sure to give us as much information as possible including organizer info, race start location (addresses), websites and other contact information.

 

Thanks! We think 2015 is going to be a great year for paddlers!

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Kayak Season is coming! Start it off in Illinois!

I can feel the thaw…can you? Warmer temperatures only mean one thing – time to get back on the water! All you kayak, canoe and SUP captains looking for places to paddle and events to compete or participate in have come to the right place. Check out the latest event added to our 2015 kayak, canoe & SUP season:

Des Plaines River Trail – Kayak, Canoe, SUP Marathon & Minithon – registration for this Illinois event opens on March 1. This is the 58th year for the Des Plaines River Trail Association hosting this event. More than a race, its a chance to get out on one of the most spectacular river trails in the country. Race follows up with fun, music and food on shore.

For more info, click here: Des Plaines River Trail Kayak, Canoe SUP event

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Heroes On The Water – Helping Veterans

I may be a little late to the game, but I’ve recently become aware of an organization called “Heroes On The Water“. This group gives our wounded warriors and returning veterans the opportunity to do something many of us sometime take for granted – get out on the water in a kayak or canoe and float and/or fish.

Why do we paddle out? Because its awesome, it lets us unwind, get away from “it all”, etc. Kayaking, canoeing, SUPing… it is water therapy no doubt. How fantastic for HOW to bring the joy of paddling to these men and women who’ve given us all so much.

Here’s some info about Heroes on the Water, direct from their website:

Founded in 2007, our unique kayak fishing program allows the participants a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. Warriors enjoy these benefits while on guided fishing trips held in local communities around the country.

Participants receive basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for participants with skill sets ranging from beginners to the most experienced paddlers.

The program also assists these personnel in adapting these newly developed skills to their new abilities. Adaptive kayaks, kayaking accessories and angling equipment is offered on an as needed basis to accommodate a soldier’s particular needs.

Our program is unique in that it is a long-term activity, not a one-time event. We believe that the effectiveness of the program is a direct result of engaging the wounded military personnel for the long-term.

If you’re interested in getting involved their are volunteer opportunities as well as gifting opportunities. Find out more by going to the HOW website: HerosOnTheWater.org

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Port Huron, MI – New Downtown Kayak, Canoe Launch Opens

Recently published in The Times Herald online:

Downtown Port Huron has many amenities. Now it has a place for you to launch your kayak and canoe.

It speaks to a new way to expand Port Huron’s commitment to recreation, one that takes advantage of the city’s enviable location with access to the Black and St. Clair rivers as well as Lake Huron.

The popularity of kayaks and canoes is growing in the Blue Water Area. They offer a unique view of our community.

Navigating the Black River could begin with the views of downtown Port Huron and eventually lead you to the sights of St. Clair County’s countryside. Besides, paddling is good exercise.

The launch is on the parking lot at Quay Street near the Zebra Lounge. There among the slips provided for boats of all types and sizes, the launch will serve a specific clientele, people with small watercraft who want to make the most of Port Huron’s natural water sources.

More important, the new facility also ensures mariners with physical and mental challenges can put it to good use. An access ramp meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Information courtesy of The Times Herald: http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20140819/OPINION/308190015/New-kayak-launch-aids-downtown

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