Just a reminder to register by tomorrow, aka Wednesday August 21st 2013, for your chance to win a free night at the Sparking Hill Resort near Vernon.
Click on this handy link to register right now. But wait, you don’t know what this Kalamalka Classic is all about? Well then, read on after this stylish banner…
2013 Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival
A Paddleboard race for everyone / Proceeds go to protect Kalamalka Lake
Kalamalka Lake, BC – Organizers of the Kalamalka Classic Standup Paddleboard Festival are stoked to announce the schedule for this year’s annual event. Saturday’s events are even more spectator friendly with short courses and relays for kids and adults of all skill levels. Sunday’s Kalamalka Crossing, the 10-mile trek across the length of the lake, will be now recognized as the first ever Canadian Championship where everyone can compete to earn a Canadian ranking (or just do it for the fun). Widely recognized as the largest festival of it’s kind in Canada, the ‘Kal Classic’ is staged on the colourful waters of Kalamalka Lake and is expected to draw over 100 paddlers from across North America.
Now in it’s 4th year, the event is designed to encourage local participation, whether it’s a fun short course, Team Relay, or even the Kalamalka Crossing – the marquee event that will now serve to crown the first Canadian Champions. “When we developed the format for the Classic, it was to reach out to our community and provide a recreational competition with the emphasis on fun for everyone”, said Kevin O’Brien, the event’s Race Director. “It’s a chance to connect with paddlers from around the country for a fun day at the beach without all the travel – and that’s pretty unique” he added.
Saturday’s events include the Eagle Dash, a short Recreational competition (all ages, any board) – Open to anyone who has a board and wants to do a ‘social race’. For the spectators, the competitive paddlers will showcase their skills on a buoy-riddled short course called WikiHolo (Fast ride in Hawaiian) where they have to do a short beach run to complete each lap. The kids get into the action with their own race dubbed ‘KeikiHolo’ – A short course in and around the Kal Dock with the emphasis on fun. The afternoon events are sponsored by Naish who will supply a fleet of inflatable race boards for everyone to use for a pair of fun events. One of the most popular events will be the Mixed Team Relay – Teams of 4 or Teams of 2 (Adult and kid) will form right on the beach and compete head-to-head with each other for prizes and good times. There is also a corporate team relay division so get your co-workers together and go for it.
On Saturday afternoon, fans and competitors alike can slip into the Pacifico Beer Garden while enjoying a day at the beach and watch the action with a cool beverage in hand. Beach Day!
Sunday features the 4th annual Kalamalka Crossing where paddlers start their journey in Oyama and blaze a watery trail across the full length of the lake. Do it for the exercise, for the challenge, or race it to beat the clock and a shot at the first-ever Canadian Championship Title. This year the Kalamalka Crossing will be recognized as the first Canadian Championship for Standup Paddleboarding, complete with special awards. The event is presented by Naish Boards and Kalavida Surf Shop with support from VantageOne Credit Union, Quiksilver, Sanuk, Quickblade Paddles and Pacifico.
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.
See full details and register at www.kalamalkaclassic.com. Sign up now!