Your Guide to the Kalamalka Classic

2012 Kalamalka ClassicHope you’ve booked your hotel and finished up your training regimen, because the legendary Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival is just about ready to hit full stride!

For 2012, the event’s organizers Kalavida Surf Shop have developed the Kalamalka Classic into a full blown festival, with a variety of events spread over six days (June 19-24) around the Vernon BC area.

The organizers behind the 2012 Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival are stoked to announce the complete event schedule and list of sponsors for their 3rd annual Standup Paddleboard Festival.  The fast-growing event is staged June 19-24 on the colourful waters of Kalamalka Lake and expected to attract more than 150 paddlers from across North America and serve up more than $4,000 in prize money and awards.

Staged on one of Canada’s most pristine and scenic lakes, The ‘Kal Classic’ serves up a mix of races and events for all ages in both recreational and competitive classes, including several just for kids. It’s a great chance to try out a race or two and test out some great new gear from the various sponsors.  The recreational classes are open to everyone who wants to get their feet wet without any pressure for performance. And for those competitive types, they have the honour of competing for the title of King and Queen of Kalamalka – An exciting 3-event race format that promises to showcase the versitality of the sport.  On Saturday evening, athletes, friends and family can enjoy a casual evening with dinner, slide show and music with Vernon’s own Andrew Allan – right across from the beach next to Kalavida’s original shop.

We’re excited to have support from within the industry with Co-Sponsorship support from Quiksilver, Naish and Starboard along with a host of vendors who will be active in the SUP Demo Zone throughout the weekend – If you’re interested in the sport, you can visit the Demo Zone and demo boards throughout the weekend. To compliment the industry group, we are proud to announce partnerships with VantageOne Credit Union and Nature’s Fare Markets who are both committed to developing strong and healthy communities.  VantageOne is supporting the many volunteers who keep the event running smoothly and Nature’s Fare has teamed up with Kalavida to help promote the sport and healthy pursuits.

It’s a full blown festival with 6 days of events and activities for everyone. Festivities kick off on Tuesday, June 19th with a SUP with your PUP social which promises to be very entertaining.  On Wednesday it’s Wahine night featuring Nikki Gregg , Thursday is Norm Hann’s Skills clinic and the Surf n’ SUP movie night at the Vernon Town Cinema, and then the highly anticipated SUP and SIP paddle to Bishops Wild Bird Sanctuary runs Friday evening.

Proceeds from the event go to support SPrKL – The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake.  Their efforts help preserve the health of Vernon’s drinking water and create awareness for the local environment – Keep Kal Lake Blue!  Live updates will be available throughout the weekend on OKSUP.com, Paddlesurf.ca followed by post-event coverage in various magazines and internet sites.

Here’s a quick event summary:

See full details and register at www.kalamalkaclassic.com.

About the Organizer

The folks at Kalavida Surf Shop are the primary organizers for the event and their commitment to promoting the sport through this event, and various others, have helped develop one of the strongest SUP communities in the country – right here in the Okanagan.  As the event grows, so does their network of volunteers so make sure to recognize the many people who help put on Canada’s largest (and funnest) SUP festival.  Paddle on!

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