Key West Paddle Classic 2015

The 18th Annual Key West Paddle Classic  

April 30th - May 3, 2015

Join in a weekend of fun, clinics and racing!  The week of events will include a Paddle Technique Clinic, 12-Mile Circumnavigation of Key West, a short 4-mile open Race, Relay Races, Sprint Races, Kids SUP Clinic and Race plus more!  Paddle around the Island with all your friends and fellow SUP athletes!


12-mile Distance Race – With the Key West Paddle Classic just one week after the Carolina Cup, paddlers will have to stay at the top of their game as this 12-mile course will continue to challenge!
4-mile Open Race – this short course race still offers paddlers a challenge with its history of windy conditions (but by now most of us who race have learned that wind and races go hand and hand!)
Whichever race you choose, you can rest assure you will have a weekend of fun and excitement paired with the sport we all love so much, paddling!  As one of the Lazy Dog girls phrased this event “We have more fun at this Race than most people have all year!”

Higgs Beach  in Key a West hosts the race and is located at 1000 Atlantic Boulevard (about 1 mile from  Smather’s Beach – the original home of the paddle around the island ). This county beach has clean changing rooms and bathrooms, a full service restaurant, and parking!

We will have board caddies at our board drop off location if you would like to enjoy this service free of charge!

Please note race start times are subject to change.

For more information, please drop us a line at

Board rentals will be available but reserve early as they always sell out!


Need a place to stay? We have room blocks at the Best Western Key Ambassador but book soon because rooms go quick. From February 1st until April 1st special room rates of $179.99.  Room rate will increase thereafter to $199.99  Book now and Save!



9:30am Paddle Yoga with Tara at Lazy Dog

2-4pm Paddle Board Eco Tour



Join us at Lazy Dog for a casual "meet and greet" happy hour at Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 US 1, Key West. Meet the dogs and feel free to bring Fido on a leash! This event is open to the general public. Free board demos and drink specials! Free KONA BREWING CO. Beer!!!! 

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

12:00pm-3:00pm.          Johnny Puakea Stroke Clinic at Lazy Dog

Johnny Puakea, paddle coach to Danny Ching, will take you through the foundations of the SUP stroke, from the ground up. Utilizing a combination of dry-land and on-the-water work, Johnny will cover key paddling biomechanics to set you up for a successful and injury free paddling season, including a detailed analysis and correction of all aspects of your stroke. He will also offer tips and exercises to prevent overuse injury; correct fitting of equipment, swag bag. Enrollment includes a detailed video analysis and individual stroke prescription for you to take home. Make sure to bring a paddle, standup paddleboard, hydration, PFD, and appropriate clothing.  For equipment assistance, please contact Lazy Dog. 

                                      Cost is $125.  3 Hours. Max 15 people.


Racers can catch up, discuss race strategies, review course map! Invite your friends and family to this fun free event. Bocci courts and corn hole games!  Complimentary KONA beer!

** IMPORTANT NOTE: All racers required to pick up packets before the morning of the race. If you are unable to attend the happy hour at Lazy Dog or the registration party at Turtle Kraals, please contact us at to make other arrangements.


Turtle Kraals

8:30am 12-mile “Paddle Around the Island” Distance Race

Key West Paddle Board Classic

WPA Southeast Region National Points Race

8:45am 4-mile Open Race


Higgs Beach

7:00 am: Classic Expo Opens / Help Yourself Breakfast served on the beach

8:30 am  Racer’s Meeting (Rules & Course Review) and Hawaiian Pule Blessing directly following

8:30 am: 12-Mile Distance Race (ocean start), beach finish

8:45am: 4-Mile Open Race (ocean start), beach finish

3:30 pm: Wrap-up at the Beach

The Key West Paddle Classic is an all-inclusive, diverse event for all paddlers.


Race divisions:
  • Standup Paddleboard Race 14'
  • Standup Paddleboard 12'6
  • Standup Surfboard (12' and under)
  • Standup Paddleboard Unlimited
  • Standup Inflatable Unlimited
  • Prone Stock
  • Prone Unlimited
  • OC-1
  • OC-2
  • OC-6
  • SurfSki
  • Kayak, Single
  • Kayak, Double
  • Dory (2-person)

8:45am    4-MILE OPEN RACE, $60 

Race divisions:

Standup 14', 12'6 and SUP Surfboard (12' and under)

Since this is an ocean race we will watch the wind and tides before setting the course.  The course will be set as an "out and back" (buoy) course. Ocean start and a beach finish.


Located at Turtle Kraals & Half Shell Raw Bar Plaza in Lands End Village along the Historic Seaport.

Join us for live music and dancing! Awards celebration includes food, drink specials, prize drawings for all participants and awards presentation and special acknowledgement for our top finishers.

Complimentary admission for all racers. Awards dinner tickets will be in racers' goody bags.  Tickets for friends/family can be purchased In advance online at for just $15 or at the door for $18/person at the awards party. Book early and Save!

Includes dinner and two free KONA draft beers.

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015


Higgs Beach, Key West

8:00- 9:30am  Kids SUP CLINIC With Milla Navarro of South Florida (checkin at 8am in covered concrete pavilion)

For all levels!
Reserve your child's spot on the registration page. Please use your child's name for the entry. 

$30 Clinic includes free entry into the kids race.

9:45am  KIDS RACE

Fun double loop course.
15 and under, $10 (race only, no clinic)

10:30am-11:30am SPECIAL OLYMPICS RACE  A one-mile loop race.


12’6 and under boards only, men’s and women’s divisions. The sprint races will run in heats. Top two finishers in each heat will continue on to next heat.  We will sprint to a buoy, make a left hand turn and sprint back. The final race will be a challenge for the top 5 men and women athletes.

12:30 pm  STAND UP RELAY RACES, $10/person

The relay race is always the most fun and memorable. Teams will consist of four persons with at least one female per team. Only one board can be used per team, 12’6″race board recommended. The course will be eight laps, each team member will run through course twice.  This is an ocean circuit race.  There will be a beach start, a short loop course, competitors will beach their board, run through an obstacle course, then tag their teammate.

1:00pm  Wrap up on the beach and head over to Salute!!!! KWPC racers invited to enjoy a "special" Happy Hour/Live Music. 

Join us at Salute for Happy hour and lunch 1pm-3pm. Salute offers daily specials and live music. Salute is home of the HOMEMADE Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sammy! One of our local paddlers bakes these fresh daily! Ask Coach Mike Metzger :) 

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Serina Seahorn65AllAllAll
Linnea Edwards66AllAllAll
Michael Neri67AllAllAll
Scott Hart68AllAllAll
Pam Nelson69AllAllAll
Amanda Kirkman70AllAllAll
Kai Swanton72AllAllAll
Bj Ferdinand95AllAllAll
Dell Periot96AllAllAll
Mary Washam97AllAllAll
Dustin Emalio98AllAllAll
Maryann Jackowski193AllAllAll
Chris Cannavaro1SUP 14'40-49Guy
Brent Robitzsch2Surfski Single50-59Guy
Brian Hawes3Surfski Single50-59Guy
Chip Eichhorn4SUP 14'50-59Guy
Holly Amodio5SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Sue Cooper6SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Daniel Prosser7Prone Unlimited40-49Guy
Heather Brewer8SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Raphael Clemente, Raphael Clemente9OC-1 (2 Person)40-49Guy
Jamyl D'angelo10SUP 14'40-49Guy
Camille Blatz11SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Josette Lata13SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Terry Perkins14SUP 14'60+Guy
Bill Horn16SUP 14'50-59Guy
Dave Roberts18Surfski Single60+Guy
Michael Milner19SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Eddie Pulles20SUP Surfboard30-39Guy
Kent Hamilton21Prone Stock60+Guy
Joey Kolisch24SUP 14'50-59Guy
Christian Goerloff25SUP 14'40-49Guy
Daniel Pena27SUP Inflatable 12'6"30-39Guy
Catherine Uden28SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Bill Whiddon29SUP Surfboard60+Guy
Dave Johnson30OC-140-49Guy
Christopher Ray31SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Kristin Yunger32SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Emil Koch33SUP Surfboard30-39Guy
Dan Smith34SUP Surfboard30-39Guy
Karen Figueroa35Prone Stock50-59Girl
Darrell Shelton36Surfski Single60+Guy
Jeramie Vaine37SUP 14'30-39Guy
Chris Baker38SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Al Simmons39SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Sharn Mentz40SUP 14'40-49Guy
Kimberly Barnes41SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Ron Smith42OC-150-59Guy
Steffen Kory43SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Paul Griffin44SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Vincent Harrison45SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Nancy Curran46SUP 12'6"60+Girl
Courtney Turney47SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
John Mcintyre48Sea Kayak60+Guy
Colleen Mcintyre49SUP Surfboard60+Girl
David Dean52SUP 14'50-59Guy
Dave Hamlin53SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Wendi Christensen54SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Theresa Paturno55SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Julie Grimm56SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Sonny Perry57SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Jeremy Whitted59SUP 14'40-49Guy
Amy Gage60SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Darian Hildreth62SUP Unlimited40-49Guy
Mary Harlow63SUP Surfboard20-29Girl
Steve Barnes71Prone Stock30-39Guy
Tammy Brinkmann73SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Robert Hess74SUP 12'6"20-29Guy
Jasmine Stiles78Prone Stock40-49Girl
Terry Frogley79Prone Stock40-49Guy
John Sekas80SUP 14'50-59Guy
Casey Gaus82SUP 14'20-29Guy
Willy Mendez83SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Andy Tuttle84SUP 14'30-39Guy
Ed Pierce85SUP 14'60+Guy
Marius Venter86SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Evan O'sheehan87Prone UnlimitedU19Guy
Lisa Sheehan88SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Mark Ingemi90SUP 14'40-49Guy
Scott Geltman91SUP Surfboard20-29Guy
Robert Hubsch92SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Alan Navarro94SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Joey Huempfner99SUP 12'6"U19Guy
Lisa Cool100SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Kyla Shoemaker101SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Mike Kenna104SUP 14'40-49Guy
Justin Digiorgio105SUP 14'20-29Guy
Miriam Sutton106SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Alex Pelkey107SUP Inflatable 12'6"30-39Guy
David Rush108OC-150-59Guy
Porter Dale109SUP 12'6"20-29Guy
Bubba Ellis110SUP 14'60+Guy
Gary Stanyer111SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
April Zilg112SUP 12'6"20-29Girl
Fennel Blythe115SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Connor Rush117SUP 12'6"U19Guy
Cynthia Aguilar119Prone Stock30-39Girl
Sydney Sessoms121SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Jamie Twigg122SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Karl Eugster126SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Magdalena Cooper128SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Pete Buzzelli130SUP 14'50-59Guy
Ethan Luppert131SUP 12'6"20-29Guy
Lizi Ruiz132SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
John Meskauskas133SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Richard Rodriguez135SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Evey Hammond136SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Bethany Tietz137SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Zach Rounsaville138SUP 12'6"20-29Guy
Henry Hidy139SUP 14'50-59Guy
Ryan Pena140SUP Surfboard30-39Guy
Jeff Berry141SUP 14'40-49Guy
Corey Taylor142SUP 14'20-29Guy
Scott Baste144SUP Inflatable 14'50-59Guy
Nannette Prevost146SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Jamie Moger148SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Steven Bernstein149SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Frank Marino150SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Lynn Fanning152SUP 14'40-49Girl
Billy Swezey Jr154SUP 14'20-29Guy
Rev Thom155SUP 14'40-49Guy
Chase Paans156Prone Unlimited40-49Guy
Anya Yurchenko157SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Chip Bock158SUP 14'40-49Guy
David Leach159SUP 14'50-59Guy
Will Vacha160SUP Surfboard30-39Guy
Ron Perrott161SUP Unlimited50-59Guy
Garrett Fletcher162SUP 14'20-29Guy
Neil Uden163SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Grant Begley164Prone Unlimited30-39Guy
Fred Griffin165SUP Surfboard30-39Guy
Conrad Charles166SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Trip Saunders170SUP 14'30-39Guy
Liana Pyne171SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Travis Kindt173SUP 12'6"20-29Guy
Gary Wise174OC-150-59Guy
John Beausang175Prone Unlimited40-49Guy
Sierra Groth176SUP 12'6"20-29Girl
Urs Wunderli177Rowing Single60+Guy
Deirdre Robbins178SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Tiffany Cadzow180SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Tara Mccabe181SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Jamie Sorbelli182SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Robert Nielsen183SUP 12'6"20-29Guy
Briana Castillo184SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Sandy Rodriguez185SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Heather Whitehead187SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Cody White189SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Bill Kraft190SUP 14'40-49Guy
Laura Iossi191SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Alan Montgomery192SUP 14'60+Guy
Maryann Jackowski193SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Eric Enrique194SUP Inflatable 12'6"40-49Guy
Brad Ward195SUP 14'20-29Guy
Stephen Chase196SUP 14'30-39Guy
Rachel Ferguson Chase197SUP 12'6"20-29Girl
Connor Bonham198SUP 12'6"U19Guy
Robert Cadzow199SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Kieran Grant200SUP 14'20-29Guy
Joe Roberts201SUP 12'6"20-29Guy
Patricia Miller202SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Renee Makimaa203SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Burr Tupper204SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Francesca Morrow205SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Barrett Hoard206SUP 14'40-49Guy
Paul Gallagher207SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Isabelle Picard208SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Brian Hovnanian210SUP 14'50-59Guy
Joe Laundrie211SUP 14'20-29Guy
Lacie Flynn212SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Heather Gaines213SUP Surfboard50-59Girl
Albert Cichra215SUP Surfboard60+Guy
Alexandra Menk216SUP 14'40-49Girl
Nessa Brunton217SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Charlie Wilson218SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Justin Cook220SUP 14'20-29Guy
Rick Moore221SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Norbert Nebucz222SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Michael Faulkner223SUP 14'40-49Guy
Juan Deleon226SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Mini Crash228SUP 14'40-49Girl
Mab Mab229SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Clara Ward231Sea Kayak20-29Girl
John Minahan232SUP Surfboard20-29Guy
Jason Black233SUP Inflatable 12'6"40-49Guy
Marshall Dicarlo234SUP 14'30-39Guy
Mark Weinzierl235OC-150-59Guy
David Paglino237SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Richard Thompson12SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Shana Gaskill15SUP Surfboard50-59Girl
Lawrence Goldstein22SUP 14'50-59Guy
Brad Mitchell26SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Lesley Thompson50SUP Surfboard50-59Girl
Sean Thompson51SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Ryan Findley58SUP Surfboard30-39Guy
Ron Odom61SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Aleksandra Malinska64SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Linnea Edwards66SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Michael Neri67SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Scott Hart68SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Sally Warrick75SUP Surfboard60+Girl
Katherine Warrick76SUP Surfboard20-29Girl
Barbara Sage77SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Tamra Czerny81SUP Surfboard50-59Girl
Jd Motes93SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Bj Ferdinand95SUP 12'6"U19Guy
Dorothy Campbell102SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Eric Stern103SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Brad Hallock113SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Cristina Boeri114SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Peyton Thomas116SUP 14'U19Guy
Erik Thomas118SUP 14'40-49Guy
David Feliciano129SUP 12'6"20-29Guy
Rick Ormsby134SUP 14'60+Guy
Andrea Schliessman143SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Alex Cotleur145SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Kimberly Depasquale147SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Danyella Lustosa151SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Beth Kilroe153SUP Surfboard50-59Girl
Debra Borger169SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Mia Raffaele179SUP 12'6"U19Girl
Candice Rowe186SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Scott Soucy188SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Naomi Gutnik209SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Ryan Boettner219SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Jessica Cichra224SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Marc Rounsaville225SUP 14'50-59Guy
Christophe Frerson227SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Barry Josepher230SUP 14'50-59Guy
Jorge Moral236Surfski Single40-49Guy
Troy Ingemi89AllU10Guy
Bj Ferdinand95All15-18Guy
Dell Periot96All11-14Guy
Dustin Emalio98All15-18Guy
Theresa Paturno55AllU10Guy
Christopher Pokorny123All11-14Guy
Jack Pokorny124All15-18Guy
Caden Pokorny125AllU10Guy
Eric Enrique194AllU10Guy
Sharn Mentz40SUP 12'6"AllGuy
Magdalena Cooper128SUP 12'6"AllGirl
David Feliciano129SUP 12'6"AllGuy
Pete Buzzelli130SUP 12'6"AllGuy
Ethan Luppert131SUP 12'6"AllGuy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

12-Mile KWPC "Classic" Race:
Starting at Higgs Beach, near the White Street Pier and then Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Round the corner and paddle past famous Mallory Square. Through the harbor, head toward Fleming Key Bridge and enter the Gulf of Mexico, then turn right toward Cow Key Channel. A quick spin past the mangroves and you are headed out into the Atlantic and back to the finish line on Higgs Beach.

4-mile "Open" Race:

We will watch the winds and tides before setting either a loop course or an out and back ocean course.

Sprint race:

This race will run in heats. Top two finishers in each heat will continue on to next heat.  We will sprint to a buoy, make a left hand turn and sprint back. The final race will be a challenge for the top 5 men and women athletes.

Relay Race:
The relay race is always the most fun and memorable. Teams will consist of four persons with at least one female per team. Only one board can be used per team, we recommend teams use 12'6 race boards. The course will be eight laps, each team member will run through course twice.  This is an ocean circuit race.  There will be a beach start, a short loop course, competitors will beach their board, run through an obstacle course, then tag their teammate.

Kids Race:
Double loop course.
15 and under, $10 (race only, no clinic)


Apr 30 to May 3, 2015


Key West, FL