Monday Night SUP Races in Ballard

Get you race on! Open to OC, prone and kayak.

Join us for our weekly Monday evening SUP races on Shilshole Bay. Runs May 7th – late September. Courses vary per each week per conditions 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. 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 Results posted on Salmon Bay Paddle Blog!

Hosted by Salmon Bay Paddle. Sponsored by the Ballard Elks & KAVU.

Volunteers welcome — we need reliable timers!


WHERE: Ballard Elks Beach, Directions. OK to park in Elks lot for this event only. Join the Elks for $115yr. (Elks reg forms available at race.)

**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.

ROUTES: On Shilshole Bay. Varies per conditions. 1.5 to 3 miles. See route pics for samples. See maps.

WHEN: 6pm Registration in Elks lot. 6:30 – 7pm start.

REQUIRED TO RACE: Leash and PFD for SUPs; PFD for OC & Kayak. Signed liability form. Available in lot before race in parking lot.

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.

Who Should Attend?

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.

This is not a beginning paddling class. You should have solid skills standing and paddling.

How Much to Race?

$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.

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

Other 2017 Seattle & Pacific NW Region Summer Races

Full NW Race List — Click Here

Wednesdays — Urban Surf

2017 Dates

Mondays May 7 through late September

Our Expert Instructors Put Your Safety and Enjoyment First

“I've gone SUP on my own a few times but felt I might be lacking in some basics. I got a lesson from Rob and it exceeded my expectations by a long shot.

Not only does he give all the strokes you may need in various situations, I also learned about equipment, safety, tides and currents, how to transport and hold my board. Little things that made a huge difference because I'm prepared in every area. Now I can just concentrate on having fun when I hit the water."

- Sean F

"I learned not only how to improve my paddling skills but also how to read the water better, how to train more efficiently and most importantly not to forget to look up and enjoy being on the water.

If you are in the market for a lesson I would highly recommend Rob."

- Troy Nebecker, Bellevue

"Rob’s personalized instruction greatly improved my skills and gave me the confidence to become fully immersed in stand up paddling.

There are plenty of SUP classes out there, most with very large groups and not a lot of one-on-one time. Rob’s classes are small and customized to suit your specific needs and perfect for those who really want to learn the ins and outs of the Pacific NW’s perfect sport."

- Paul Edmonson, Seattle

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