First Ever Canadian Championship: 2013 Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival


Sunday’s Event recognized as first Canadian Championship


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Kalamalka Lake, BC – Organizers of the Kalamalka Classic Standup Paddleboard Festival are stoked to announce the schedule for this year’s annual event.  Saturday’s events are even more spectator friendly with short courses and relays for the kids and adults of all skill levels.  Sunday’s Kalamalka Crossing, the 10-mile trek across the length of the lake, will be now recognized as the first ever Canadian Championship where everyone can compete to earn a Canadian ranking (or just do it for the fun).  Recognized as the largest festival of it’s kind in Canada, the ‘Kal Classic’ is staged on the colourful waters of Kalamalka Lake and is expected to attract more than 150 paddlers from across North America.Now in it’s 4th year, the event is designed to encourage local participation, whether it’s a fun short course, Team Relay, or even the Kalamalka Crossing – the marquee event that will now serve to crown the first Canadian Championship.  “When we developed the format for the Classic, it was to reach out to our community and provide some recreational competition and fun for everyone”, said Kevin O’Brien, the event’s Race Director. “We get to showcase our lake to out-of-towners and get a chance to enjoy a fun day at the beach without the travel – that’s pretty unique” he added.

Saturday’s events include the Eagle Dash, a short Recreational competition (all ages, any board) – Open to anyone who has a board and want to do a ‘social race’.  For the spectators, the competitive paddlers will showcase their skills on a buoy-riddled short course called WikiHolo (Fast ride in Hawaiian) where they have to do a short beach run to complete each lap.  The afternoon events are sponsored by Naish who are supplying a fleet of inflatable race boards for everyone to use for a pair of fun events.  The first event is a Sprint Derby where groups of competitors leave the beach and paddle around a short course. The 2nd event is the Team Relay – Teams of 4 or Teams of 2 (Adult and kid) will compete head-to-head with each other for prizes and good times. There is also a corporate team relay division so get your co-workers together and go for it.On Saturday afternoon, fans and competitors alike can slip into the Pacifico Beer Garden while enjoying a day at the beach and watch the action with a cool beverage in hand.  Beach Day!Sunday features the Kalamalka Crossing where paddlers start their journey in Oyama and blaze a watery trail across the full length of the lake. Do it for the exercise, for the challenge, or race it to beat the clock and a shot at the first-ever Canadian Championship Title. This year the Kalamalka Crossing will be recognized as the first Canadian Standup Paddleboard Championship, complete with special awards.

The event is presented by Naish Boards and Kalavida Surf Shop with additional support from VantageOne Credit Union, Quiksilver, Sanuk and Pacifico.

Proceeds from the event go to support SPrKL – The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake.  Their efforts help preserve the health of Vernon’s drinking water and create awareness for the local environment – Keep Kal Lake Blue!  Live updates will be available throughout the weekend on Standup followed by post-event coverage in various magazines and internet sites.

See full details and register at  See you on Beach!

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