MEC’s Big Chop Thursday Night Paddle Series

There’s a new Thursday night race series in town for SUP, and it’s the Big Chop Summer Paddle Series.

The Mountain Equiqment Co-op Big Chop Summer Paddle Series is a 10 race series happening on Thursday evenings in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The race is open to OC 1 & 2, Kayaks, Paddleboards, and Canoes. The 2011 series starts on Thursday, May 5th, at 7pm.

Imagine. It’s a Thursday evening and you just got off work. It was a stressful day and you need a release. You head to the beach as the sun is setting. 100 boats are lined up off of the shore of Vanier Park. Kayakers vs canoers vs outriggers are all set to battle the 7-10km course. Think Cannonball Run on water. The gun goes off, the race starts, the paddles churn the water, and the bow of the boats stir up the wake. Sweating, heart beating, adrenaline flowing. You finish. You smile. New friends, cold drinks, and tasty food awaits you. What a night. The long workday is now the last thing on your mind. That’s what the Big Chop Summer Paddle Series is all about..

Get ready for the Big Chop Summer Paddle Series!

Check out BigChop.ca for more information.

Here’s the full season schedule:

RACE #1 – Thursday, May 5th
Opening night. 7km Big Chop & 3.5km Little Chop.
View the Course Map – West Side Loop
RACE #2 – Thursday, May 19th
8km race & 4km Litte Chop
View the Course Map – Back Side Loop
RACE #3 – Thursday, June 2nd
8km race & 4km Litte Chop
View the Course Map – Surfer’s Route
RACE #4 – Thursday, June 16th
8km race & 4km Litte Chop
View the Course Map – West Side Loop
RACE #5 – Thursday, June 30th
9km race & 4km Litte Chop
View the Course Map – Back Side Loop
RACE #6 – Thursday, July 14th
8km race & 4km Litte Chop
View the Course Map – Surfer’s Route
RACE #7 – Thursday, July 28th
7km race & 3.5km Litte Chop
View the Course Map – West Side Loop
RACE #8 – Thursday, August 11th
9km race & 4km Litte Chop
View the Course Map – Back Side Loop
RACE #9 – Thursday, August 25th
8km race & 4km Litte Chop
View the Course Map – Surfer’s Route
RACE #10 – Thursday, September 8th
Series Championship! 6.5km race & 3.5km “Litte Chop”
Course Map
After-party and awards at the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.. Time 8:15 – 11pm (see Race Info page for more details).
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