A day of stand up paddle races, clinics and beach party fun.
Thanks to everyone who came out for an awesome day at North Ave Beach!
Racers, you can view official results at the paddleguru website here.
(Navigate to the results tab and select your race)
From seasoned SUP race pros to start up paddlers looking for a good challenge, we have a race for you. Every race has a cash purse for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners which is split up by gender and board class. Registration is open until the day of the event. Pre-registration closes on Thur, July 18th. All pre-registered racers will take home an SUP prize pack including a limited edition Skyline SUP rash guard.
Race 1: Recreational Class
Distance: 3 Mile
Time: 12:15 pm launch - 1:45 pm last finish
Craft: single class 12’6” and under
Purse: $1000 total (see reg page for detail)
Entry: $50 pre 7-18 - $65 post 7-18
The perfect race to get into SUP racing. This 3-mile race starts at the beach, circles around for 3 laps then ends back at the beach with a running finish. Open to all skill levels and requires an SUP 12'6" and under. WPA members qualify for points.Register for This Race
Race 2: WPA Elite Class
Distance: 6 Mile
Time: 2:15 pm launch - 4 pm last finish
Craft: 12'6" and 14'0"
Purse: $2000 total (see reg page for detail)
Entry: $50 pre 7-18 - $65 post 7-18
In this challenging test of speed and endurance, racers will navigate 6 miles in 6 laps around the 1 mile course. This race will qualify for WPA regional points for the Great Lakes region. Advanced paddlers only. Three race classes: 12'6", 14' and unlimited SUPs.Register for This Race
Race 3: Team Relay Challenge
Distance: 1.5 Mile
Time: 4:15 pm launch - 6 pm last finish
Craft: single class - open
Purse: Gear Prizes
Entry: $30 pre 7-18 - $45 post 7-18
Teams of three take to the water in this 1.5 mile team relay. Racers will start from land, complete a half mile lap around the triangle course, then relay back and repeat. Three team members battle to the finish in 1.5 miles total. Entry is per team of three.Register for This Race
In addition to the races, a series of free clinics will be taking place. You'll find a wide range of knowledge sharing sessions for all rider types from beginner sessions to advanced race technique sessions. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot early to participate.
SUP Race Techniques
45 mins -- 11am
Starboard SUP racer, Matt Lennert, will guide you in this challenging clinic to become a SUP racing pro in no time. This SUP race technique class will cover intermediate to advanced turning, paddle and endurance techniques. Sign up to learn techniques, then race in the 12:15pm Recreational race!Register for This Clinic
Intro to SUP
45 mins -- 12pm
The team at Kayak Chicago covers everything you need to get started with Stand Up Paddle boarding. This beginner class includes an overview on the gear you'll need, finding the correct size board and paddle and getting out on the water. Board, leash and PFD will be provided for all participants.Register for This Clinic
Intro SUP Pilates
45 mins -- 1pm
Stay limber and fit like never before by practicing pilates on open water. This entry level course with Chicago SUP instructor, Eme Cole, will introduce you to basic pilates and how you can take your exercise outside on to the open water. Board, leash and PFD will be provided for all participants.Register for This Clinic
Chicago SUP's SUPFit
45 mins -- 2pm
Voted "Best of 2012" by Chicago Magazine. David Hardin of DHfit, combines a unique blend of Boot Camp and cross-fit style exercises with a program specifically tailored for paddle boarding, David aims to help participants reach their fitness goals in a fun and unique way.Register for This Clinic
Intro SUP Yoga
45 mins -- 3pm
The paddle board makes for a perfect yoga mat, it's wide, stable and challenging – yet suitable for all levels. Try out our intro to SUP Yoga with certified yoga instructor, Mary Lou Cerami and find a unique and fun way to get in shape. Beginners welcome.Register for This Clinic
Looking to register to find out where you placed in the 3-mile or 6-mile races? Use this button to view results on paddleguru.com's website then click the 'results' tab and select your race.View Race Results at paddleguru.com
All proceeds of the 2013 Skyline SUP Series will go to benefit the Alliance for the Great Lakes. The Alliance is a Chicago based charity that strives to keep our lakes clean. Since 1970, their mission is to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes is the oldest independent Great Lakes organization in North America. They have received Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Join us in giving back to a great foundation that helps support our sport with their action.
On beach raffle tickets will be available at the beach on the day of the event. 3 tickets for $5 with no limit on how many you want to buy. The winners will be announced during the winner's circle celebration that will begin at 6pm. Winners must be present to claim prize.
The event will take place at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, IL. The beach is located in Lincoln Park at 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive (North Ave. & Lake Michigan). Main parking is available in the North Ave Beach lot just east of Lake Shore Drive.
You can find parking rates at the City of Chicago's website. Alternate parking is available in a lot at Stockholm and La Salle Drive, west of the softball fields just west of Lake Shore Drive.