5th Annual Ballard Monday Evening SUP Race Series

Starting Line, May 12, 2014

MONDAY NIGHT SUP RACES IN BALLARD – Get you race on! Open to OC, prone and kayak.

Hosted by Salmon Bay PaddleSponsored by the Ballard Elks & KAVU.

2016 Dates – Mondays May 2 thru September 12

Join us for our weekly Monday evening SUP races on Shilshole Bay.  Runs June – September. Courses vary per each week and range from 1.5 – 3 miles. Racers are welcome to join us for post race hydration and a bite at the Ballard Elks Club after the race.


Beach to Buoy to Big Rock to Buoy to Beach, 2.38m

This is not a competitive race and open to anyone with good skills looking for a great workout, skill building experience and to meet other paddlers. The PNW race community is very supportive and a great bunch of folks!

Race Clinic: 6pm Weekly. $25pp. Elks members are free. RSVP Please. Rentals available.

Where? Ballard Elks Beach, Directions. OK to park in Elks lot for this event only. Join the Elks for $100yr. (Elks reg forms available at race) 

Triangle & Canal Course Routes

Triangle & Canal Course Routes 2.48m

**Due to Access Issues – Stay on Right (north) side of beach. ‘Elks side’ is right of stairway facing water. Keep voice volume low as well. 

Who Should Race?  Anyone who is comfortable paddling a SUP on flat water with some small to medium sized waves. Must know how to fall and get back on. We don’t cancel for wind or rain, make sure you can handle the conditions. Gear rentals available. Basic SUP lessons available before race day.

When? 6pm Registration in Elks lot. 7pm Start.

Race Clinic! Meet at 6pm in lot. $25 or free for Elks members. Learn your buoy turns, race strategy and other important skills.  Pay in person cash or cc. Free for Elks members. RSVP for the clinic.

Who Should Take the Race Clinic?  This is not a beginning paddling class. You should have solid skills standing and paddling.

How Much? $5 for race. Cash only or pre-paid annual race season fee in cash or online. All proceeds go to the Ballard Elks Club Scholarship Fund. Register in person.

Hungry? Join us for a bite and beer after at the Elks Lodge deck.

Routes? On Shilshole Bay. Varies per conditions. 1.5 to 3 miles. See route pics for samples. See maps.RobCasey.2016.Ballard.SUP.Race-3243

Required to Race: Leash and PFD for SUPs; PFD for OC & Kayak. Signed liability form.  Available in lot before race in parking lot. We rent PFDs & leashes.

What to Wear? We recommend dressing for immersion (water temp – 55F).  Many racers wear less due to overheating.  Wear what works for you.  Neoprene tops and/and bottoms are ideal for racing.

Need Board/Paddle  Rentals? We can provide board, paddle, PFD and wetsuit rentals, $25pp. Try our Imagine Surf Inflatable & Racing boards. Contact us for info, salmonbaypaddle@gmail.com  206.465.7167.

Wanna Learn to SUP?  We provide all levels of instruction for novices to pro racing skills.

Volunteers welcome. We need reliable timers.

Race Results posted on Salmon Bay Paddle Blog.


Questions? Contact us, salmonbaypaddle@gmail.com or 206.465.7167.



Tuesdays – Kayak Alki, 7pm (June & July)

WednesdaysUrban Surf, 7pm.

ThursdaysPerfect Wave in Kirkland on Lake Washington, 7pm.

September  – Round the Rock SUP Race


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