OABI Detroit

OABI BEACH FEST – Saturday August 9th


OABI is the first-ever paddle event and festival of its kind to take place in Detroit.  No experience needed, OABI features the “paddlerama exhibition” featuring a series of onsite classes, demonstrations, contests, and sprint competitions as well as a featuring a seven-mile race around the island for experienced paddlers & racers presented by Outdoor Action Company.  OABI will also feature live music, craft beer, food trucks, local vendors and much more. Event attendees will have the opportunity to check out and try an array of new stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and crew throughout the festival grounds.

Green Veil Outdoor is pleased to present, in partnership with Grand Circus MediaAshoreDetroit Surf Co, andDetroit River Sports,  OABI BEACH FEST, taking place on the shores of Belle Isle Beach, Detroit on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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PADDLERAMA | OABI RACE presented by Outdoor Action Company


The OABI is the ultimate test of stamina as paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, crew sculls and shells race around the 7-mile Detroit treasure, Belle Isle.  Once an underground event that began in 2011 as a challenge among the SUP community to test who had the biggest gains over the summer paddle season, OABI has now morphed into a showcase of the regions best paddlers.  No official points, no technology, just ready, set, go!  The race starts and finishes at Belle Isle Beach with the first one to circumnavigate the isle and grab the paddle/trophy keeps it for the year.


Ever wanted to try out a SUP or kayak?  Perhaps you want to learn more and strengthen your paddle stroke, or learn from some of the areas best competitive paddlers on how to increase your paddle fitness?  Paddlerama is the paddle exhibition that is open to the general public and encourages everyone no matter their paddle experience to get out on the water and paddle!

No board or boat?  No problem!  Free SUP’s and kayaks provided for Paddlerama participants courtesy of Great Lakes Surf and Detroit River Sports.


Intro to SUP - presented by SUP EDU, LLC

Mary Radtke (reigning 3 time Elite Women’s WPA Midwest SUP Points Champion) and Ron St. John (Winner of the 2013 Maui to Molokai SUP race, Runner up of the 2013 Men’s Elite Midwest SUP points championship)

With Mary and Ron you’ll learn everything you need to know to SUP the correct way.  After this class you’ll be able to paddle and talk SUP just like the pro’s both on and off the water.

Kid’s paddle class  presented by Great Lakes Surf

Introduction for paddlers 8 – 14 years old

SUP Yoga - presented by Urban Surf

SUP Yoga is the fastest growing sector to the worlds fastest growing sport because its a fun and challenging workout.  Yoga techniques and poses will be demonstrated in this on water class giving you a chance to try it out for yourself.

Intro to Paddlefit - presented by Great Lakes Surf

PaddleFit combines on-land workouts with stand up paddling training and techniques. Our goal is to provide you with a system that helps you achieve your fitness goals, improve your technique and guide you on your path to a healthy lifestyle.

SUP Paddlefit Competition - presented by Detroit City SUP

- Adding some competition to the individual Paddlefit workout

SUP Joust presented by Green Veil Outdoor

- Welcoming the warriors to compete for survival. Race toward your competitor and knock off your opponent to win!

More to come!



Intro to Kayak presented by Detroit River Sports

 A beginner class teaching equipment and proper technique

Advanced Kayak presented by Detroit River Sports

A class for experienced paddlers to teach advanced paddle strokes and self rescue

Kayak Games presented by the OABI team

On water activities including relay races, sprints, and other competitive fun.

Kayak Belle Isle Tour guided by Detroit River Sports

Guided tour includes waterways inside the Belle Isle.

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Jeffrey Hynes1SUP 14'18-49Guy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Coming Soon!

Belle Isle State Park Beach

East Jefferson and East Grand Blvd
Detroit MI 48207


Aug 9, 2014


Belle Isle, Detroit, MI