Key West Paddle Classic 2018

Key West Paddle Classic

April 26th-29th, 2018

Join us in a weekend of fun, clinics and racing!  
The week of events will include Paddle Technique Clinics, an unforgettable 12-mile distance race, a back country boat excursion, super fun parties and more! 

Take the challenge on circumnavigating the Island of Key West! Paddle the distance individually in one of our various divisions or team up with your buds for the 3-person Stand-Up Relay Race! 

Stay for Sunday Funday and take a cruise out to one of our secluded island sand bars to hang out, relax and enjoy a festive cookout!
 **5-Hour Time Limit to Complete the Race!**


Traditional (Prone) Stock
Traditional (Prone) Unlimited
Stand-Up Unlimited
Stand-Up 12'6
Stand-Up 14'
Stand-Up Surf
Kayak, Single
Kayak, Double
Rowing, Single
Rowing, Double
Rowing, Team
Relay (mens, womens, mixed)


Awards recognition this year will strictly require three or more competitors per division.  The start list will be open for you to monitor and switch divisions  as needed. Event participation has always been open to all man-powered vessels however we will only podium divisions that meet this three or more competitor requirement.



We take your safety serious and will be following rules as recommended by the USCG, LAZY DOG & the WPA! 

  2. PFDS & LEASHES - Required.  
  3. DRAFTING - Drafting is permitted, however you can only draft the same board size and same gender. 
  4. SUP KNEE PADDLING  - There is a 5 stroke minimum rule that applies to all Stand Up racers. (Please only use knee paddling if you must do so for safety/exhaustion. It very important to the Key West Paddle Classic that you finish the race safely.)  
  5. NOTE: HYDRATION PACKS (Camelbak) RECOMMENDED - Personal water supply is paddlers responsibiilty.  Safety boats will be equipped with water in case of emergency.                     

Event Info/ Equipment Rental:
Lazy Dog has Surf Style Boards Only.  To reserve a surf style board please contact us at the shack 305-295-9898.  Board Rentals are $30.  

If you are in need of a race board or looking to rent out a race board, please feel free to post on our Key West Paddle Classic and Lazy Dog Facebook pages for prospects! 

Hotel Information:

Best Western Key Ambassador:

The Best Western Key Ambassador has discounted room rates for racers $199 (reg. $279-309) Please ask for the Lazy Dog Key West Paddle Classic rates/room block when making your reservation. 305-296-3500.

Contact: Alexis Averrette 


Key West Hospitality Inns offering 10% off all room types for event participants!  Contact: Heather Whitehead

Attention Vendors: 

Vendors are invited to exhibit and retail products at all Key West Paddle Classic events listed on schedule.  Each vendor site allocation is for a 10x10 tent space. Other specifications will require pre-approval.  Costs are $100 for a single day/event and $200 for multiple days/events.  Vendors can register here at Paddleguru.  We will be hosting Happy Hour at Lazy Dog and all event parties at Salute! On the Beach, Higgs Beach, Key West. For more information, please contact

Fri. 4/27 Vendor Set Up for Registration/Kick Off Party is 3:00pm-5:00pm

Fri. 4/27 Vendor Expo 5:00pm-8:00pm

Sat. 4/28 Vendor Exhibit Set Up for Main Event/Race is 5:30am-7:00am

Sat. 4/28 Vendor Expo 7:00am-4:30pm



Thursday at Lazy Dog

9:00am Paddle Yoga with Tara at Lazy Dog  

Float your Yoga practice, liberate your body, mind & spirit as our guide takes you through a series of  yoga asanas aboard Sup. Namaste! Call to reserve your spot 305-295-9898      
2:00pm Eco Tour with Lazy Dog Guides 

Enjoy an "easy pace" on a peaceful Eco-Tour through the backcountry through winding tidal creeks & lush mangrove tunnels on SUP or Kayak....remember that we are pet-friendly! We would love to have your furry companion accompany you!     

5:00-7:00pm Kona Brewing Co.Happy Hour at Lazy Dog

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 Kona Beer!!!!

Friday - Clinic Day & Kick Off Party!

Clinic Schedule

8:30am-9:30am  PaddleFit

10:00am -12:00pm Eco Tour at Lazy Dog 

10:30-12:30pm at Lazy Dog  Open Water Skills & Tactics Clinic with Terrene Black

12:00-2:00pm at Lazy Dog  All levels SUP Racing & Technique Clinic with Seychelle 

1:00pm-3:00pm at Lazy Dog Quickblade Paddle Performance Stroke Clinic with founder "Mad Scientist" Jim Terrell 

3:00-4:30pm at Lazy Dog The 5 Fundamentals of Paddle Technique with Larry Cain, Olympic Gold Medalist, Paddle Monster Coach 

4:00-5:00pm at Higgs Beach Paddle & Transition like a Tahitian: Faster Starts, Turns, Overtaking from the Draft, & Strong Finishes with 425Pro Team Rider, Enzo Bennett & Jerry Mihimana. 

Please bring a board, paddle, PFD, & hydration!

* See Full Clinic Bios and Information Below *

Kick Off Party

5:00-8:00pm NEW: Registration & Kick Off Party at Salute! On the Beach  FREE KONA Beer!  Last chance to register or make edits. Stay for dinner under the stars!

Saturday - Race Day


7:15am Classic Vendor Expo Opens

7:30am Date & Thyme Breakfast served on the beach

8:15am  Racer’s Meeting (Rules & Course Review)

8:30am Hawaiian Pule Blessing directly following 

9:00am  12-Mile Distance Race Start

9:30am Special Olympics Demo Race 
(weather permitting)

This year we are staying on the BEACH!
AFTER PARTY & AWARDS immediately following Race at Salute! On the Beach

2:00pm Lunch 
3:00pm Awards
*Raffles* Following

Same great party, great food, free drinks and one spectacular RAFFLE!
TITO's "Lazy" Mules & Kona Brewing Co. Beer!


*8:00am KIDS CLINIC Check-In at Lazy Dog Tent

*8:15-9:15am Kids' SUP Clinic with Dylan Geiger  $20 Ages 17 and under. 
*9:30am  KIDS RACE Immediately Following Clinic (FREE) Please register for this FREE event!
10:00am Awards
*12:00-6:00pm Sunday FUNDay Boat Excursion & Sand Bar Party! (See information below)



*TERRENE BLACK*  Australia   ECS Team Rider

Top 5 women Pacific Paddle Games,  2013 Moloka'i to OahuOpen Water Skills & Tactics Training Clinic will focus on water drills including Safety, Equipment, Hazards, Weather, Downwind Skills, & Cross Training

*SEYCHELLE*  Florida   SIC Team Rider

Paddle Monster Instructor, 24 Hour Guinness World Record - Greatest Distance, SUP 2016 "Fastest on Earth" Female, 2 time NYC Sea Paddle Champ,2 time City Tour - Grand Champion, 2 time Chattajack Female Champion, 2016 "Fastest in Florida" series winner. 

Seychelle will discuss proper training and recovery for paddlers. Discuss Racing tactics and strategies Practice Starts, Drafting,  & Finishing strong!  Q & A - (nutrition, strength training, distance paddling, sprints, buoy turns, etc.) "Come prepared to ask for what you want to learn so I can tailor the clinic according to you!" 

*JIM TERRELL*  California

Owner and founder of Quickblade Paddles, 4 Time Olympic Canoeist and former National Champion in numerous paddling events. He's been teaching and coaching paddlers since he was 12 years old working at his family’s canoe rental business in Cincinnati Ohio.  Clinic focus: Jim will share his paddling philosophies with emphasis on the 4 phases of a good paddling stroke, How to improve with paddling groups, How to use training devices such as the NEW Quickblade Smart Paddle to enhance your learning, & lastly How to ride wake with the proper etiquette to be a more efficient distance paddler yourself while helping your fellow paddler too.

*LARRY CAIN* - Canada   Starboard Team Rider

The 5 Fundamentals of Paddle Technique!

Olympic Gold Medalist, Paddle Monster Coach This clinic is an introduction to the 5 fundamentals of effective paddling technique used by the best professional racers. What you'll find is that everyone attempts to do the fundamentals things in technique, but execute them in a highly personalized way the makes the most sense for their unique anthro-pomettric measurements (body type) and fitness strengths and weaknesses. Larry will explain each of the fundamentals - the what, why and how of each - and share drills with participants that will help them learn to execute each fundamental better and in the process improve their technique and ability to move their board effectively. He'll take a look at each paddler and suggest which drills they should focus on in priority order moving forward.

*ENZO BENNETT*   Tahiti   425Pro Team Rider 

Learn the Tahitian Paddle Stroke Technique! Tahitian paddlers are among the fastest and most graceful paddlers on the water.  Enzo will share first hand how to adjust your paddling to improve speed,endurance, and active recovery time! Learn the secrets to Tahitian technique including great race starts, buoy turns, transition through different conditions as found in Key West Paddle Classic. Learn how to effortlessly explode past other paddlers and maintain strong energy until the finish! 



Kids Clinic: Dylan is 15 years old and has been paddling for 6 to 7 years. He is a rider for 404 Basecamp, Quickblade addles, and the Florida Junior Sup Competition Team. Dylan is PaddleFit certified and has learned from some of the best paddlers in the world. His primary goal in the sport of paddling is to encourage other kids to paddle and promote the sport. Dylan hopes to also contribute by promoting and teaching his students how to keep their hometown and visited waterways clean and safe.


Age groups will be broken down as follows: Ages 5 and under,Ages 6-8, Ages 9-11, Ages 12-14, Ages 15-17
(Check-in for Clinic is at 8am at Lazy Dog tent)
For all levels! Reserve your child's spot on the registration page. Please create a paddle guru account in your child's name for clinic/race entry. 
$30 Clinic includes free entry into the kids race.
Ages 17 and under
Fun double loop course.
Please call Lazy Dog to reserve paddle boards, paddles, & life vests
(305) 295-9898 
Wrap up on the beach by 10:30am!  Just in time to join us at Hurricane Hole for a boating trip to a secluded sand bar! 

Departs at 12 Noon from Lazy Dog (
Hurricane Hole Marina)
Sunday FUNday! Motor Boatin' SANDBAR PARTY & PICNIC Check in at Hurricane Hole Marina on Stock Island 11:30am Boats leave Lazy Dog promptly at 12 Noon! (Picnic style snacks, grill items, bottled water, soft drinks & beer provided) Boat returns to dock 5-6p
Venture out with us on a journey through the backcountry to the legendary sand bar of Snipes Point just off of Key West.  Enjoy a scenic boat ride, picnic lunch, & paddling in this amazing island oasis. 

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Curtis Reynolds2SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Alex Cotleur3SUP Surfboard40-49Girl
Josette Lata4SUP 14'40-49Girl
David Eliasen6SUP 14'50-59Guy
Daniel Pena7SUP 12'6"Open 20-39Guy
Al Simmons8SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Gary Rothe9SUP 14'50-59Guy
Brad Mitchell10SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Konae Nowell13SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Catherine Uden17SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Greg Kerns21SUP 14'40-49Guy
Peter Allen22SUP 14'Open 20-39Guy
Ramsey Small23SUP 14'40-49Guy
Kelly Hilton-green24SUP 14'40-49Guy
Terry Smith25SUP 14'40-49Guy
Paul Griffin27SUP 14'40-49Guy
Daniel Lukens28SUP 14'50-59Guy
Steve Alden29SUP 14'50-59Guy
Peter Geary31SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Coulette Lioce33SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Luca Lioce34SUP Unlimited40-49Guy
William Mussenden35SUP 14'40-49Guy
Joshua Kohn36SUP 14'40-49Guy
Karen Bowie38SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Thomas Horton40SUP 14'40-49Guy
Paul Smolchek41SUP 14'40-49Guy
Brian Pandiscio42SUP 14'50-59Guy
Davide Cina47SUP 14'20-29Guy
Ross Smith48SUP 12'6"30-39Guy
Julie Allen49SUP 14'30-39Girl
Pamela Keyes50SUP 14'30-39Girl
Jennifer Whiteley53SUP 12'6"40-49Girl
Tracee Van Brunt54SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Stephen Chase57SUP 14'40-49Guy
Chris Maceachern60SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Ed Gribben Jr62SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Conrad Charles64SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
David Dean66SUP 14'60+Guy
Cindy Gibson68SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Brett Mcmasters69SUP 14'30-39Guy
Mario Kroeff70SUP 14'40-49Guy
Milena Kaszubska73SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Stephen Artusi78SUP 14'40-49Guy
Sam English79SUP 14'20-29Guy
Steven Bernstein80SUP 14'40-49Guy
John Sekas83SUP 14'50-59Guy
Richard Hatch85SUP 14'50-59Guy
Darrell Horton Ii86SUP 14'40-49Guy
Maddie Miller87SUP 12'6"U19Girl
Steve Miller88SUP 14'40-49Guy
Scott Baste91SUP 14'50-59Guy
Ed Pierce93SUP 14'60+Guy
Kayla Maher94SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Kyla Shoemaker96SUP 12'6"30-39Girl
Dawn Rothenhoefer97SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Bill Horn98SUP 14'50-59Guy
Rob Cotleur99SUP Surfboard50-59Guy
Andy Malave100SUP 14'40-49Guy
Henry Hidy101SUP 14'50-59Guy
Joshua Lanphear103SUP 14'20-29Guy
Rob Banasiak105SUP 14'40-49Guy
Randy Scott106SUP 12'6"40-49Guy
Nancy Curran108SUP 12'6"60+Girl
Stephanie Shideler111SUP 14'40-49Girl
Ryan Pena113SUP Surfboard40-49Guy
Holly Amodio, Sue Cooper, Heather Gaines52SUP Relay (3 Person)AllGirl
Kourtney Auger, Mary Sheehy, Farrah Lemanski56SUP Relay (3 Person)AllGirl
Brenda Huebscher, Kristina Shearin, Sara Hetzell65SUP Relay (3 Person)AllGirl
Lowe Matheson, Kristina Gerbracht, Bj Ferdinand76SUP Relay (3 Person)AllMixed
Travis Suit, Liz Mirson, Eli Miller110SUP Relay (3 Person)AllMixed
Bill Whiddon, Karen Kennedy, Gabriel Decaran114SUP Relay (3 Person)AllMixed
Anderson Gribben61All9-12Guy
Anderson Gribben61All9-12Guy
Daniel Prosser11Prone Unlimited50-59Guy
Karen Figueroa12Prone Stock50-59Girl
Matt Anderson20Prone StockOpen 20-39Guy
Chris Cannavaro30Prone Unlimited40-49Guy
Marc Robitzkat37Prone Unlimited40-49Guy
Rob Miller46Prone Unlimited50-59Guy
Dustin Bumgardner102Prone Unlimited30-39Guy
Bubba Ellis104Prone Unlimited60+Guy
Jason Malick1Surfski SingleAllGuy
Dave Roberts5Surfski SingleAllGuy
Robert Margolf14Sea KayakAllGuy
Steve Bauer15Sea KayakAllGuy
David Rush19Sea KayakAllGuy
Andi Newby26Sea KayakAllGirl
Joe Lipka32OC-1AllGuy
Eric Zacharias45Sea KayakAllGuy
Murray Hunkin55Surfski SingleAllGuy
Ross Elder63OC-1AllGuy
Chris Moore67Sea KayakAllGuy
Lisa Hertz Malick81Surfski SingleAllGirl
Bill Miller90Surfski SingleAllGuy
Chris Vincent92Surfski SingleAllGuy
Jamie Twigg95OC-1AllGuy
Robert Norman112OC-1AllGuy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

12-Mile KWPC "Classic" Race

The Key West Paddle Classic 12-mile course 
Starts at Higgs Beach, just right of the White Street Pier with a hopeful down-winder to Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park, rounds the corner, passes famous street performing landmark, Mallory Square, then continues through the harbor where paddlers will head toward the KW Special Forces base and under the Fleming Key Bridge, enter into the Gulf of Mexico, paddle past Dredgers Key (Sigsbee,) then turn right toward Cow Key Channel....a quick spin through the the lush mangrove alley between Key West and Stock Island, finally the course heads back out out into the Atlantic ocean toward the finish line at Higgs Beach.

One Board Class 14' and under
3 person relay 12-mile Distance Race.  There are 3 divisions to the relay, All male, All female and Mixed. 
*Each Team Member must register individually to complete team registration. You will each be asked to list your other team members.  Price is per person, not per team. 
*About the course:
1st Leg:
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 just over 3 miles) and will conclude at Simonton Beach (a small sandy beach with a little pier just beyond the turn off toward the USCG base. Keep to the far right as you pass Sunset Dock also keeping water front hotels on your immediate right.)     
2nd Leg:
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.  
3rd Leg:
In the last leg, paddlers will battle it out from Lazy Dog, located in Hurricane Hole Marina, down Cow Key Channel and into the ocean to finish at Higgs Beach for a distance of 4.1 miles!  Paddlers will keep to the right upon exiting channel, paddle along coastline toward the White St.Pier and finish at Higgs Beach!
Teams must use the same race board for all legs.  Paddlers can use their own paddle and pfd.  Paddlers to supply their own drop off/pick up transportation to and from the transfer zones.  Once the last person is through, and only then will the Lazy Dog van be able to take paddlers back to the finish.  
Kids Clinic/Race
Kids Race is FREE 
Kids Clinic $20
Race Course: Double loop course. Ages 15 and under


Apr 28, 2018


Key West, FL