MICHIGAN CITY | Love to paddle hard and fast? The Sixth Annual “Ride the Wave Regatta” scheduled for Saturday, September 7th is a great way to test your skills and have a great time with fellow paddlers. The event is an official points race of the Indiana Division of the United States Canoe Association, and the last race in of the season in the Great Lakes Surfski Race Series.
The Regatta is organized by the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA). “This event will have something for everyone,” says Dan Plath, NWIPA President. “Paddling is a great way to get into nature – but it’s also great exercise. You use your whole body and you can work as hard or as gently as you want.”
For the first time, experienced competitors in sea kayaks and surf skis will compete in a straight downwind 19 mile race on Lake Michigan from Marquette Park in Gary to Michigan City’s Washington Park. Many of these participants are seasoned racers who will demonstrate the technique and skills that make this an Olympic sport. Last year, the race attracted several world class paddlers from a five state region as well as a competitor from New Zealand. “This year we expect the race to be even more attractive, with the combination of a one way race downwind race for the 19 mile marathon, and over $850 worth of prize money being offered to the top three finishers in this division” according to race Director and NWIPA VP Ken Stelter.
Spectators can watch the start of the race from the Marquette Park launch at 10:00 am, CST. In the afternoon, at 1:00, both a second 8 mile race will take place at Washington Park paddling to Beverly Shores and back. Awards will be made for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of the classes.
Participants can pre-register for the event – and avoid waiting in line – by going to www.nwipa.org. Race day registration is also OK: plan to check in at least thirty minutes before your event. For more information and to join the South Shore Convention and Visitor’s Authority as an event sponsor, contact Ken Stelter at firstname.lastname@example.org.