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.

ALL paddle craft invited to Participate! Paddlers of all levels are welcomed and encouraged to join the Fun!  Even a kid’s race!

Our 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, or visit her at to place your rental board reservation.  Boards rented are All Rounder style boards and no race boards available to rent. 

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 enterThis 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 Legends (50+).


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 – Pau Hana

Silver Creek Paddle Co. – Red Paddle

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 dress appropriately.     


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 boards.   


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

  • SUP Yoga $FREE (BRX to host as a Sponsor) 

  • SUP 101 w/ MN Mermaid - $25 (board included)  

  • SUP Bootcamp - $25  (BRX to host as a Sponsor)

  • Paddle Seminar $45 (Limited Registration).  Bring your own boards to train on or please coordinate a rental if needed beforehand. 


Dogs 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) 447-9820.


Friday June 24th, 2016


6:00-7:30 PM - SUP Techniques Seminar hosted by two of Minnesota’s best Standup Paddleboard racers.  This event will be held at Sand Point Beach.  You are welcome to stay and enjoy the sunset.


Saturday June 25th, 2016


07:00-08:00 AM – Check-in / Late Registration

07:15 -08:15 AM – SUP Yoga

08:15 AM – Race Meeting (All Racers)

08:30 AM – 10 K Distance Race Line-up (ONLY)

08:40 AM – 10 K Distance Race Start

08:45 AM – 5K Short Race Line-up

08:55 AM – 5K Short Race Start

09:30 AM – Prepare for 5K Race Finishers (40 min – 80 min duration) 


10:00 AM – Prepare for 10K Race Finishers (70 min – 100 min duration) 


11:00 AM – Awards & Recognition


11:15 AM – Raffle & Giveaways


12:00 PM – Event Wrap-Up


Sunday June 26th, 2016

08:00-09:00 AM - SUP 101 and Bootcamp will be held at Watzl’s Beach.  The morning will kick off with SUP 101 for beginners hosted by the MN Mermaid Paddleboard Rentals. 

9:00-10:00 AM - SUP Bootcamp class hosted by BRX Fitness.  Those beginners taking the SUP 101 class are welcome to stay.  Boards will be provided if needed as part of the registration.  A $5 refund will be provided on-site for those who bring their own board & paddle.

10:00-2:00 PM - After Bootcamp everyone is welcome to join in for a social paddle down to Charlie’s On Prior for food & drinks.  We will take the long way so that you work up a hunger and thirst.

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Charlotte Krautkremer3SUP Non-RaceboardAdult (18-49)Girl
Corey Krautkremer4SUP Non-RaceboardAdult (18-49)Girl
Emily Krautkremer5SUP Non-RaceboardJunior (13-17)Girl
Evonne Remhof6SUP 12'6"Adult (18-49)Girl
Christine Mueller10SUP 12'6"Adult (18-49)Girl
Gloria Sloan12SUP 12'6"Adult (18-49)Girl
Marna Anderson18SUP 14'Legends (50+)Girl
Dan Smith24SUP Non-RaceboardAdult (18-49)Guy
Valerie Selle25SUP Non-RaceboardAdult (18-49)Girl
Kirsti Youngs27SUP Non-RaceboardAdult (18-49)Girl
Katie Pieper28SUP Non-RaceboardLegends (50+)Girl
Erin Stelzer30SUP Non-RaceboardAdult (18-49)Girl
Ike Wrobel31SUP 12'6"Adult (18-49)Guy
Holly Pieper33SUP Non-RaceboardAdult (18-49)Girl
Sarah Breuer35SUP Non-RaceboardAdult (18-49)Girl
Andrea Seurer36SUP Non-RaceboardAdult (18-49)Girl
Kellie Mccann37SUP Non-RaceboardLegends (50+)Girl
Kaley Swanson41KayakAdult (18-49)Girl
Lauren Peckham42SUP Non-RaceboardJunior (13-17)Girl
Steven Orwig1SUP 14'Adult (18-49)Guy
Anya Yurchenko9SUP 12'6"Adult (18-49)Girl
Patti Bohaty11SUP 12'6"Adult (18-49)Girl
Kris Diller13SUP 14'Legends (50+)Girl
Mike Westendorf15SUP 14'Adult (18-49)Guy
Darrel Uithoven16SUP 12'6"Legends (50+)Guy
Santiago Morgan17SUP 14'Legends (50+)Guy
Nick Boudreau19SUP 14'Adult (18-49)Guy
Robbie Brink20SUP 14'Adult (18-49)Guy
Patrick Johnson21SUP 14'Adult (18-49)Guy
Kate Bargabus22SUP 12'6"Adult (18-49)Girl
Mike Brumbaugh23SUP 14'Legends (50+)Guy
Mark Thone26SUP 14'Legends (50+)Guy
Joe Yasis29SUP 14'Legends (50+)Guy
Craig Stolen38SUP 14'Adult (18-49)Guy
Kathleen Sapp39SUP 12'6"Legends (50+)Girl
Jared Munch40SUP 14'Adult (18-49)Guy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

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Sand Point Beach

14349 Crest Avenue Northeast

Prior Lake, MN

SAND POINT PARKING: Parking is limited and fees apply Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from May to September. Parking is also allowed (FREE) on the east side of Crest Ave. from the park entrance to Cedarwood Tr. The parking fee is $5 per car.   Do Not park of the grass and no vehicles without trailers allowed in the boat landing parking lot.

Lake Front Park

5000 Kop Parkway

Prior Lake, MN

WATZL'S POINT BEACH PARKING: Parking is free at Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway.


Jun 24 to Jun 26, 2016


Prior Lake, MN