ANNUAL SOUTH METRO PADDLE EXPERIENCE
This paddle “Experience”
will be full of paddle excitement. There
will be paddleboard demos by many paddleboard vendors, Stand Up Paddle (SUP)
fitness & training, paddle races for all ages and skill, food & drink,
and so much more. Come out and join us
for the South Metro’s first paddle event of its kind.
paddle craft invited to Participate! Paddlers of all levels are welcomed and encouraged
to join the Fun! Even a kid’s race!
event is open to Stand-Up Paddleboards, Prone/Traditional, Surfski (Single
& Double), Canoes, Kayaks, and other Paddle craft. Note: A limited supply
of stand up paddleboards are available for rent. First come, first serve.
Please contact Minnesota Mermaid @ 612-849-9996, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her at www.mnmermaid.com
to place your rental board reservation.
Boards rented are All Rounder style boards and no race boards available
For everyone’s safety we will require all race participants to wear a board leash, as
well as the mandatory personal flotation device (PFD).
5K Recreational Paddle Race: This
is a low-pressure recreational paddle that is perfect for the beginner
paddler to intermediate. There will be many bays to go in and out of. This
course will be on the most upper end of Lower Prior Lake. Racers will be escorted by our safety boats
and supported by the Lake Sheriff. Must be at least 13 years of age to enter. This is a timed event with podium
recognition and awards to the Top Three Male/Female overall and individual
class winners for Junior (13-17), 18-49, and Legends (50+).
10K Elite SUP Race: This race is for our experienced SUP paddlers. This course will cover the majority of Lower
Prior Lake. Besides buoy turns you will
have natural lake shore line to follow, and land marks to go around. Such as points and islands. You will be challenged by conditions created
by boat traffic (kept at a distance by our safety boats) and possible winds. This will be a scenic paddle as well, so make
sure to take in all the beauty that this lake has to offer. Must be at least 18 years of age to enter. This is a
timed event with podium recognition and awards to the Top Three
Male/Female overall, and individual class winners for 18-49 and
Paddleboard Demo’s: The
following paddleboard suppliers have confirmed they will be present with some
of their boards to demo for free and address your questions regarding their
product line represented. Please bring
ID with you and own PFD. We will list
others as they are confirmed.
Wai Nani Paddle &
Surf. Co. – SUP/ATX & Lahui Kai Race
Twin Cities Paddleboard –
Silver Creek Paddle Co. –
Black Oar - iSurf
Scuba Center - SIC
Michael’s Cycles – Fat Bikes/Beach Cruisers
SUP Techniques Seminar: We
are holding an SUP Techniques Seminar with two of Minnesota’s very best paddlers. Yes, these paddlers are local. They will share with you their knowledge and experience. This seminar is for those paddlers who are
not brand new, but you certainly don’t need to be a racer. We just ask that you have some familiarity
with SUP. You will be required to
provide your own board, but the MN Mermaid can assist with rentals if
needed. Training will consist of, but
not limited to stance, stroke mechanics, steering & turning your board,
different stoke techniques, etc. The
seminar will be 90 minutes long and registration will be limited. Please take advantage of this great
opportunity and do not wait.
SUP Yoga: Join BRX Fitness
Saturday morning for a FREE yoga class to help you stretch and relax prior to
your event. Boards will not be
provided. Anticipating all boards will
be rented out to race participants already.
SUP 101: This is a class
designed for beginners. The focus here
is to teach you the basics so that you can get out on the water and enjoy your
time paddling. Registration fee includes
everything you need for that day’s training.
You will be getting in and out of the water on your board, and we cannot
guarantee you will stay dry. Please
SUP Bootcamp: If you are
looking to get a good workout then join us for this class. This class will be hosted by BRX
Fitness. There will be sweating and
elevated heart rates. Perfect for a dip
to cool off. Boards are provided with
registration, but a $5 rebate will be given for those bringing their own
Social Paddle: Sunday afternoon
after the SUP Bootcamp join the MN Mermaid for a relaxing social paddle on
Upper Prior Lake and stop off at Charlies on Prior for some food & drink. This is the perfect opportunity to get
familiar with a totally different section of Prior Lake. Races will be held on Lower Prior and the
Social Paddle will be on Upper Prior.
Put in and take out will be at Watzl’s Point Beach. The MN Mermaid will be assisting with
shuttling boards to and from Lake Front Park parking, which is free.
Food & Drinks: More information to come. Food & Drinks will be provided.
5K & 10K
Race Registration Fee: $45 / $55 day of event
$FREE (BRX to host as a Sponsor)
SUP 101 w/
MN Mermaid - $25 (board included)
- $25 (BRX to host as a Sponsor)
Seminar $45 (Limited Registration). Bring your own boards to train on or please
coordinate a rental if needed beforehand.
ADDITIONAL EVENT DETAIL/CONSIDERATIONS
and cats are not allowed on the beach or in swim areas in the lake at Watzl's
Point Beach and Sand Point Beach.
Sand Point Beach is one of the most popular city parks in the summer. Located
at 14349 Crest Avenue NE, next to the most-used DNR boat access to Prior Lake,
Sand Point Beach is a great destination for swimmers, boaters and families. The
beach offers two picnic shelters, play equipment, three sand volleyball courts,
horseshoe pits, a fishing pier, restrooms, and boat slips. For more information about boat slips slots
at Sand Point Beach for the day, call the Recreation Department at (952)