3rd Annual BALLARD Weekly SUP RACE

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.

Last 2015 Race + PARTY: August 31st

**Join us for our 2015 Halloween Race at the Ballard Elks.

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 – 2 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. $20. Elks members are free. RSVP

Where? Ballard Elks Beach, Directions. OK to park in Elks lot for this event only. Join the Elks for $100.

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 if facing

Route #3 – Ballard to West Point and back, 2.5 miles.

water.  Please don’t linger on beach, due to beach size. Beach start or paddle across boating channel yielding to boats to large concrete wall on Magnolia side for race starting line.

WhoAnyone who is comfortable paddling a SUP on flat water with some small waves. All levels of paddlers participate. We don’t cancel for wind or rain, make sure you can handle the conditions. Gear rentals available.

When? 7pm Registration in Elks lot. 7:30pm Start.

Race Clinic! Meet at 6pm in lot. $20 or free for Elks members. Learn your pivot turns, race strategy and other important skills.  Pay in person cash or cc.

Starting line, first race 2013

Worried How You’ll Do?  Rent stable surf style to fast racing boards.  All levels from novice racers to pro racers. Contact us about a custom race clinic to improve your skills.  Even 10 minutes of expert instruction can improve your performancet!

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

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

Route? On Shilshole Bay. Varies per conditions. 1.5 to 3.5 miles. See route pics for samples. See maps.

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

Alternative Put-Ins: Commodore Park (Magnolia by Locks) and Golden Gardens Park.

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.

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 12th – Round the Rock SUP Race


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