3rd Annual BALLARD Weekly SUP RACE

Starting Line, May 12, 2014


Sponsored by the Ballard Elks & KAVU.
Race Results posted by date on Salmon Bay Paddle Blog. 

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 – 3.5 miles. Racers are welcome to join us for post race hydration and a bite at the Ballard Elks Club after the race.  Also open to OC, prone and kayak.

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

**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. Paddle across boating channel yielding to boats to large concrete wall on Magnolia side for race starting line.

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

Starting line, first race 2013

When?   7:00 pm registration; 7:30 pm race start.  We collect money, sign release forms, and sign up in Elk’s parking lot. Ok to park here for race.

Worried How You’ll Do?  We have surf style to fancy racing boards show up, all levels from newbie racers to pro racers. Contact us about a custom race clinic to improve your skills.  Even 30 minutes of instruction can improve your performance a lot!

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.

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.

Starting Line, May 12, 2014

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.

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

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


WednesdaysUrban Surf, 7pm.

ThursdaysPerfect Wave in Kirkland on Lake Washington, 7pm.

SeptemberRound the Rock SUP Race


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