Key West Paddle Classic 2016

The 19th Annual Key West Paddle Classic  April 28th - May 1, 2016

Join us in a weekend of fun, clinics and racing!  The week of events will include Paddle Technique Clinics, our distance race 12-Mile Circumnavigation of Key West, our short 4-mile open Race, Relay Races, Sprint Races, Kids SUP Clinic and Race, Parties & more!  Come Paddle around the Island with all your friends! 
If you can paddle can race it!



(Click Course Tab for event description)

For more information and/or equipment rental inquiries please drop us a line:

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


Need a place to stay? We have room blocks for Lazy Dog Key West Paddle Classic at Best Western Key Ambassador. Please Call 305-296-3500 to reserve.

We have additional room blocks at Sheraton Suites (305) 292-9800 offering 10% off all room types for event participants!



9:30 am Paddle Yoga Bliss with Tara at Lazy Dog                          

2:00 pm Paddle Board Eco Tour  with Lazy Dog Guides                                           

4:00 pm FREE HOVIE SUP Board Demo presented by Zeke's Paddle & Surf     Stop by and meet Travis and try out a Hovie Race Board!

5:00 pm  LAZY DOG & KONA BREWING CO. HAPPY/YAPPY HOUR & LIVE MUSIC BY JOHN PUAKEA  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 Beer!!!!

5:30-7:30pm at Lazy Dog  PADDLE TECHNIQUE & STROKE CLINIC: Power Speed Stamina!          

with Lahui Kai Board Co.'s

Kelly Margetts  - among the fastest paddlers in the world!

Kelly, ranking #8 in the world has lots to offer!

This Race Preparation clinic will cover all fundamentals of SUP race technique, breaking the stroke down to create full body connection and muscle activation through each phase of the paddle stroke allowing you to be more efficient, give you more power and maintain for longer.  Kelly will also cover Training and Training Programs with Racing Tips & Strategies!


8:30am-9:30am  PADDLEFIT with Heather Gaines at Lazy Dog!

12:00PM - 2:00pm SUPATX/LAHUI KAI DEMO DAY at Lazy Dog!



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 as well as the famous Turtle Kraals turtle races!   Complimentary KONA beer!

Preorder your healthy race breakfast from Date & Thyme formerly Help Yourself ( same great folks, same great food!)

** 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, packets will be available after the race at the registration tent.  


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

                    2:00pm SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUN DEMO/RACE 

                    One-mile loop race.

                    6:00pm-10:00pm  Awards Celebration at                      Turtle Kraals Restaurant & Bar *Dinner served 6:30pm

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016

8:00am-9:30am Kids' SUP Clinic with Milla Navarro of South Florida 

This is for kids ages 6-16.  Age groups will be broken down as appropriate

(check-in 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)


SurfSUP (12' 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.

*CASH Prizes

12:15pm  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, SurfSUP boards only. 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. Costumes and team themes encouraged!

*CASH Prizes

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 1:30pm-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! 



Higgs Beach


7:15 am: Classic Expo Opens / Date & Thyme Breakfast served on the beach

8:00 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)
  • Relay (mens, womens, mixed)
- As always, if there are three or more competitors in a division not listed here that wish to participate please contact us and such division will be added. 

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.

DINNER - Served 6:30pm

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 fresh fish taco dinner and two free KONA draft beers.

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Christian Goerloff7SUP 14'40-49Guy
Jennifer Whiteley8SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Josette Lata10SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Joe Edwards11SUP Inflatable 12'6"60+Guy
Jose Antonio12SUP 14'50-59Guy
Chris Echezabal13Prone Unlimited40-49Guy
Joseph Mcmaster14SUP 14'50-59Guy
Dave Roberts15Surfski Single60+Guy
Gillian Carter16SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Greg Kerns18SUP 14'40-49Guy
Pat Grause19OC-160+Guy
Daniel Prosser20Prone Unlimited40-49Guy
Ian Hannigan21SUP Surfboard30-39Guy
Garrett Fletcher22SUP 14'20-29Guy
Chris Lockwood23SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Donna Bradley24SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Giovanni Picione25SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Ron Jones26SUP 14'40-49Guy
Brent Robitzsch27Surfski Single50-59Guy
Al Simmons28SUP Inflatable 12'6"60+Guy
Bill Horn30SUP 14'50-59Guy
Mark Devall32SUP 14'40-49Guy
Brad Mitchell33SUP 14'40-49Guy
Christopher Ray35SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Eric Zacharias36Kayak60+Guy
Kristin Yunger37SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
John Harrington38Surfski Single50-59Guy
Brent Brown39SUP 14'40-49Guy
Camille Blatz40SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Darrell Shelton41Surfski Single60+Guy
Larry Cain42SUP 14'50-59Guy
Kelly Margetts43SUP 14'40-49Guy
Stephen Chase44SUP 14'30-39Guy
Rachel Ferguson Chase45SUP 12'6"20-29Girl
Sam English46SUP 14'20-29Guy
Karen Figueroa47Prone Stock50-59Girl
Wendi Christensen50SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Steve Bowden51SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Ron Newby53SUP 14'50-59Guy
Caitlin Miller54SUP 14'20-29Girl
Graham Parker56Prone Stock30-39Guy
Paul Griffin57SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Brint Adams59Kayak60+Guy
Sonny Perry60SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Darren Crozier61Surfski Single40-49Guy
Murray Hunkin64SUP 14'40-49Guy
David Rush65OC-150-59Guy
Abbey Sangmeister66Prone Unlimited30-39Girl
Chris Lightbound69SUP 14'60+Guy
Kimberly Barnes70SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Robert Hess71SUP 14'20-29Guy
Melissa Mills72Kayak30-39Girl
Alan Radoulovitch73Kayak40-49Guy
Dave Hamlin74SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Gary Stanyer76SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Ben Yetman77SUP Inflatable 12'6"30-39Guy
Daniel Honig78SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Eric Stanton79Surfski Single50-59Guy
Pj Maughon82OC-150-59Girl
David Dean83SUP 14'50-59Guy
Jim Terrell84SUP 14'50-59Guy
Mark Coleman85SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Bubba Ellis86Prone Stock60+Guy
Nannette Prevost87SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Ryan Pena88SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Milla Navarro89SUP 12'6"U19Girl
Conrad Charles90SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Gander Tawaststjerna91SUP 14'50-59Guy
Catherine Uden93SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Neil Uden94SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Tracey Finlay95SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Joey Kolisch96SUP 14'60+Guy
Chris Maceachern97SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Robert Hubsch99SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Vincent Harrison101SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Alex Cotleur102SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Laura Giudici103SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Nancy Curran104SUP 12'6"60+Girl
Alexandra Menk106SUP 14'40-49Girl
Kimberly Depasquale107SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Mark Sumner108SUP 14'30-39Guy
Richard Rodriguez109SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Nancy Stills111Kayak60+Girl
James Douglass112SUP 14'30-39Guy
Dan Smith114SUP 14'50-59Guy
Devin Turetzkin116SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Dawn Rothenhoefer117SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Dorothy Campbell119SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Vinnicius Martins122SUP 14'20-29Guy
Will Compton123SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Mike Kenna133SUP 14'40-49Guy
Stephen Artusi139SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Matt Kearney140SUP 14'20-29Guy
Steve Miller141SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Maddie Miller142SUP 12'6"U19Girl
Alex Pelkey143SUP Inflatable 12'6"30-39Guy
Corey Curtis146SUP 14'30-39Guy
Jake Portwood148SUP 12'6"20-29Guy
Theresa Paturno150SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Clinton Johnson152SUP 14'30-39Guy
Kassandra Burnette156SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Victoria Burgess157SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Jamie Twigg158SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Cristina Hickey159SUP Surfboard20-29Girl
Bill Whiddon160Prone Stock60+Guy
Steve Bauer161Kayak50-59Guy
Gareth Sheppard162SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Nessa Brunton163SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Karl Eugster164SUP Inflatable 12'6"50-59Guy
Dave Merkli165SUP Unlimited30-39Guy
Rev Thom166SUP 14'40-49Guy
Chris Baker167SUP 14'50-59Guy
David Meadors168SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Naomi Gutnik169SUP 14'40-49Girl
Rudy Baker173SUP 14'U19Guy
Taylar Sabin174SUP Surfboard20-29Girl
Jorge Navarro175SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Kieran Grant177SUP 14'20-29Guy
Jake Graham178SUP 14'20-29Guy
Marius Venter179SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Joey Huempfner181SUP 12'6"U19Guy
Ron Perrott182SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Travis Kindt183SUP 12'6"20-29Guy
Chip Bock184SUP Unlimited40-49Guy
Colleen Dunne185SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
John Shepard186SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Gina Siegers187Prone Unlimited30-39Girl
Christopher Nunez188SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Ed Gribben Jr190SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Bethany Tietz192SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Henry Hidy194SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Heather Whitehead195SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Laura Iossi197SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Camilo Marmol199SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Darian Hildreth200SUP Unlimited40-49Guy
April Zilg201SUP 12'6"20-29Girl
Josh Ashley202Surfski Single30-39Guy
Jamie Moger203SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Teale Beckenbach204Surfski Single20-29Girl
Mark Weinzierl205OC-150-59Guy
Sierra Groth206SUP 12'6"20-29Girl
John Meskauskas207SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Billy Swezey Jr208SUP 14'20-29Guy
Amy Gage209SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Brian Hovnanian211SUP 14'50-59Guy
Robin Moran214SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Tammy Brinkmann215SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Ej Johnson218SUP 14'50-59Guy
Sydney Sessoms220SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Jan Lupinski221Surfski Single40-49Guy
Jenny Robinson222SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Drew Miller223SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Gregory Lynch224SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Sey Chelle225SUP 12'6"20-29Girl
John Beausang227Prone Unlimited40-49Guy
Mini Crash230SUP 14'40-49Girl
Zach Rounsaville231SUP 14'20-29Guy
Mab Mab232SUP 14'50-59Girl
Kurt Simpson233SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Elisabeth Weinstein234SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Gary Strom235SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Janice Nott238SUP Surfboard50-59Girl
Belar Diaz239SUP 14'30-39Guy
Connor Bonham240SUP 14'20-29Guy
Jeff Berry241SUP 14'40-49Guy
Adam Pollock242SUP Unlimited40-49Guy
Sharla Sharkey244SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Maryann Jackowski247SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Glenn Davis249SUP 14'50-59Guy
Jerilyn Edginton17SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Shana Gaskill29SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
John Wheeler31SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Lowe Matheson48SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Candice Rowe49SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Mike Molinari52SUP 14'30-39Guy
Laurel Jackson55SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Saralane Harrer58SUP 14'50-59Girl
Bobbi Law62SUP Surfboard60+Girl
Jillian Cacchiotti63SUP Surfboard20-29Girl
Sally Warrick67SUP 12'6"60+Girl
Katherine Warrick68SUP 12'6"20-29Girl
Mark Ingemi75SUP 14'40-49Guy
Michael Wright80SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Jennifer Tennant81SUP 14'40-49Girl
Joshua Kohn92SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Karl Markowski98SUP Surfboard30-39Guy
Debbie Pearl100SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Erik Thomas113SUP 14'40-49Guy
Rick Raymond120SUP 14'50-59Guy
Ray Todich137SUP Surfboard30-39Guy
Giacomo Bossa144SUP 14'20-29Guy
Paul Petersen147SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Attianese Stefano151SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Stephen Hall170SUP 14'30-39Guy
Trisha Atchison171SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Pete Zittere172SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Jon Graham180SUP 14'60+Guy
Peyton Thomas193SUP 14'U19Guy
Asia Rojas196SUP 12'6"U19Girl
Francesca Morrow210SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Samantha Coronato216SUP Surfboard30-39Girl
Lesley Kite217SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Jd Motes219SUP 14'60+Guy
Ryan Boettner228SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Rick Ormsby229SUP 14'60+Guy
Amanda Volence236SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Tommy Dillon237SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Traci Day243SUP Surfboard50-59Girl
Maja Pettersson246SUP 12'6"20-29Girl
Mattie Anderson248SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Norma Jean Nolan250SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Serina Seahorn124AllAllAll
Pam Nelson125AllAllAll
Kai Swanton126AllAllAll
Amanda Kirkman127AllAllAll
Linnea Edwards128AllAllAll
Jennifer Averette129AllAllAll
William Rainer130AllAllAll
Michael Neri131AllAllAll
Bj Ferdinand132AllAllAll
Heyden Fenney134AllAllAll
Christian Harnish136AllAllAll
Cyrus Stowers212AllAllAll
Caleb Stowers213AllAllAll
Sue Cooper, Holly Robinson, Heather Gaines2SUP 12'6" (3 person)AllGirl
Allison Delashmit, Kimberly Wallen, Karen Moore105SUP 12'6" (3 person)AllGirl
Barbara Sage, Renee Makimaa, Sandy Rodriguez118SUP 12'6" (3 person)AllGirl
Bj Ferdinand, Michael Neri, Liana Pyne149SUP 12'6" (3 person)AllMixed
Patti Johnson, Beth Kilroe, Colleen Mcintyre153SUP 12'6" (3 person)AllGirl
Jamie Sorbelli, Tara Mccabe, Briana Castillo176SUP 12'6" (3 person)AllGirl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.


12-Mile KWPC "Classic" 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! 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.

 SUP 12'6 Only
This year we added a 3 person relay to the 12 mile Distance Race.  There are 3 divisions to the relay, All male, All female and Mixed. 
*About the course:
The first leg is Higgs Beach to Simonton Beach, this section will begin with ocean start and paddle through Key West harbor (total distance of this leg is 3 miles) and will conclude at Simonton Beach (a small sandy beach just beyond the turn off toward the USCG base.  Then the transfer to the next leg will occur.  Leg 2 will paddle from Simonton Beach through the remainder of the harbor, toward the USCG base and under the, sometimes treacherous, Fleming Key Bridge, this leg will continue along the gulf side (usually into a headwind) to Lazy Dog for a distance of 4.9 miles.  In the last leg, paddlers will battle it out from Lazy Dog down the Cow Key Channel and into the ocean for their finish at Higgs Beach for a distance of 4.1 miles! 

*Rules: Teams must use the same 12’6 race board for all legs.  Paddlers can use their own paddle and pfd.  We will supply transportation to and from the transfer zones by shuttle van.  Once the last person is through, the vans will take paddlers back to the finish or paddlers can arrange a friend and your own transportation car.

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

Such a Spectator friendly race as takes place right off the beach!


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. Costumes and team themes encouraged!

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

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!” Race starts at Higgs Beach located at 1000 Atlantic Boulevard,  Key West (about 1 mile from Smathers 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 in favor of racers. We will choose best time based on tidal predictions and current weather. Keep watching our Key West Paddle Classic Facebook page for updates!


Apr 30 to May 1, 2016


Key West, FL