Shark Bite Challenge 2017

Take a bite out of all this event has to offer! From paddle races, to clinics, to fun parties – the Shark Bite will be sure to show you a great time!

This year, we celebrate 14 wonderful years of the Shark Bite Challenge. Please join us for some of the new events we've added! Check out the other pages on this site to see what all the fuss is about. The Shark Bite Challenge is a WPA Region 5 Sanctioned Points Event.

The Shark Bite Challenge is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Island Parks, a citizen support organization (and non-profit), that supports the efforts of Caladesi and Honeymoon Island State Parks. 100% of the profits of the Shark Bite Challenge & Paddlefest go right back into keeping these state parks beautiful. Nestled at the northern most point of Florida’s most populated county, these parks represent what Florida used to be, and we are here to keep it healthy, untouched, and here for all to enjoy. In 2015, the Shark Bite Challenge hosted over 350 paddlers of all kinds that participated in races, clinics, trips, lessons, and special events. We look forward to adding more participants to the 2017 event!!

Please note that Honeymoon State Park Gates open at 8 a.m.


  • 9 a.m. Morning Social Paddle on the Dunedin Causeway
  • 10 a.m. Back to Basics Surfski Clinic with Oscar Chalupsky
  • 10 a.m. The 5 Fundamentals of Effective Paddling Technique presented by Paddle Monster and Larry Cain
  • 1 p.m. Surfski Equipment, Paddling and Downwind Skills Clinic with Teneale Hatton
  • 1 p.m. Paddle Smarter, Not Harder OC6 Clinic with Johnny Puakea
  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Welcome Captains'/Anglers' Party in the back patio of the Blur Nightclub in Downtown Dunedin


  • 6 a.m. - Fishing Tournament Angler Check in
  • 8 a.m. Race Check-in Opens at Honeymoon Island State Park – No Race Day Registration
  • 9:30 a.m  4 mile Race & Waterman's Challenge Begin
  • 11 a.m. Shark Bite Challenge 8-Mile Races (approximate schedule)
  • Awards ceremony on site
  • 3 p.m. Fishing Tournament Angler Lines Out
  • 3:30 Fishing Tournament Mandatory Weigh in, Lunch, Awards, Raffle
  • 4 p.m. -  Race Party at Dunedin Brewery! Food and Beer! 


  • 8 a.m. Registration Opens for all events. 
  • 9 a.m. FREE Intro & Basics of Surfski Clinic with Team EPIC
  • 9 a.m. Paddle Smarter, Not Harder OC1 Clinic with Johnny Puakea
  • 11 a.m. Back to Basics Surfski Clinic with Oscar Chalupsky
  • 9 a.m. Outrigger Canoe (OC6) Races begin
  • 1:30 p.m. Outrigger Race Awards and Lunch

PFD’s and Leashes are REQUIRED for all on-the-water events.

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Darren Crozier1Fast Sea Kayak50-59Guy
Ted Burnell2Surfski Single50-59Guy
Stephen Black8Surfski Single18-49Guy
Campbell Carter14SUP 12'6"9-11Guy
Kathy Adamo26Surfski Single18-49Girl
Jason Hjelseth28SUP 14'18-49Guy
Kayla Boys33SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Pam Boteler35Surfski Single18-49Girl
Daron Boys37SUP 14'18-49Guy
Chris Tarrant38SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Ray Worrell49OC-150-59Guy
Charlotte Early50OC-150-59Girl
Cortney Balicki52Kayak Sit on Top (1)18-49Girl
Tracey Muffs53Kayak Sit on Top (1)50-59Girl
Peter Potter54Fast Sea Kayak60+Guy
Tony Walz57SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Kayleigh Brittian75SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Matthew Brittian76SUP Under 12'6"18-49Guy
Amber Brittian77SUP Under 12'6"15-17Girl
Ryan Nesselroade82SUP 12'6"AllAll
Kevin Glatfelter83SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Virginia Ramirez89SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Frances Mcaskill90SUP Under 12'6"50-59Girl
Geri Nuevo91SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Sophia Hallenbeck96SUP 12'6"12-14Girl
Michael Riney101Kayak Sit on Top (1)50-59Guy
Elia Silverman103OC-150-59Girl
Don Tichenor105OC-150-59Guy
John Sammel106SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Bob Brodhead108SUP Unlimited60+Guy
Jerome Napp109SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Steve Peters111Prone Stock18-49Guy
Donna Catron113SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Tim Scholz120SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Eric Enrique128SUP Under 12'6"18-49Guy
Peter Garian131SUP 14'18-49Guy
Vincent Bechet, Haley Bechet132Surfski Double18-49Mixed
Ron Hiell133SUP Unlimited50-59Guy
Daffodil Hallenbeck140SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Jamie Penland144SUP 14'18-49Guy
Saralane Harrer145SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Damien Lin147SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Jan Ward155Surfski Single50-59Girl
Jim Ellis157SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Kim Koelbel164SUP Under 12'6"50-59Girl
Jacob Krebs166SUP 12'6"15-17Guy
Kirk Mason172SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Allison Kypros177SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Julie Mitchell178OC-118-49Girl
Guy Fortney179SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Jennifer Tennant180SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Lesz Banham184SUP 14'18-49Guy
Tucker Goetz192Surfski Single15-17Guy
Joshua Meighan193SUP Under 12'6"12-14Guy
Jo Meighan194SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Darren Crozier1Fast Sea Kayak50-59Guy
Jason Hjelseth, Ted Burnell2OC-218-49Guy
Helen Percival3Surfski Single18-49Girl
William Schaet4Surfski Single50-59Guy
Geoff Pearson5Surfski Single50-59Guy
Tim Milligan6Surfski Single60+Guy
Matthew Murphy7Fast Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Sonja Hoyte9OC-150-59Girl
Janet Veitch10OC-150-59Girl
Robert Lang11Surfski Single60+Guy
Eric Mims12Surfski Single18-49Guy
Jason Malick13Surfski Single18-49Guy
Colleen Deroy15OC-150-59Girl
Chris Hipgrave16Surfski Single18-49Guy
Doug Lindsay17Surfski Single50-59Guy
Randy Taylor18Surfski Single18-49Guy
Dave Murray19Surfski Single60+Guy
Flavio Costa20Surfski Single18-49Guy
Mark Mckenzie21Surfski Single18-49Guy
Javier Mayor23Surfski Single18-49Guy
Sue Stroope24Fast Sea Kayak50-59Girl
Wayne Stroope25Fast Sea Kayak50-59Guy
Adam Davis27Surfski Single18-49Guy
Genevieve Copeland29OC-150-59Girl
Mike Hughes30Surfski Single18-49Guy
Shawn Dinn31Surfski Single18-49Guy
Owen Smith32Surfski Single18-49Guy
Jan Lupinski34Surfski Single50-59Guy
Pam Boteler, Scott Miller35OC-218-49Mixed
Patricia Owen36Surfski Single60+Girl
Matt Flick39SUP 14'18-49Guy
Ralph Dismukes40Fast Sea Kayak50-59Guy
Kata Dismukes41Surfski Single18-49Girl
Jeff Winterkorn42OC-118-49Guy
David Starr43OC-118-49Guy
Tom Kerr, Doug Mccarthy44Surfski Double18-49Guy
Felix Perez45Surfski Single18-49Guy
Pam Boteler, Scott Miller47OC-250-59Mixed
Steven Bannow48Surfski Single60+Guy
George Knight51Surfski Single60+Guy
John Beausang56OC-118-49Guy
Rachel Ferguson58SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Teneale Hatton59Surfski Single18-49Girl
Yves Cartier60Surfski Single60+Guy
Stephen Chase61SUP 14'18-49Guy
Sunny Jackson63OC-118-49Girl
Jonathan Rivera64OC-118-49Guy
Pat Grause65OC-160+Guy
Jennifer Peters66OC-160+Girl
James Bain67OC-118-49Guy
Paolo Ameglio68OC-118-49Guy
Kes Eversmann, Kwansene Kenner69OC-218-49Girl
Dionne Reed70OC-118-49Girl
Sharon Grause71Fast Sea Kayak60+Girl
Daniel Honig72SUP 12'6"60+Guy
Barrett Phifer73Surfski Single18-49Guy
Jesse Lishchuk74Surfski Single18-49Guy
Matthew Lynskey78Surfski Single18-49Guy
Leigh Emerson Smith79Prone Unlimited60+Girl
Hildren Francis84OC-150-59Girl
Alta Joy Broughton85SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Nate Humberston86Surfski Single18-49Guy
Hau Pham87OC-118-49Guy
Susanne Boone88OC-150-59Girl
Waylon Willis92Surfski Single18-49Guy
Joel Truitt93OC-118-49Guy
Tom Derrah94OC-150-59Guy
Hoang Pham95OC-118-49Guy
Pete Methot, Billy Lempesis97OC-250-59Guy
Daniel Blignaut98Surfski Single50-59Guy
Timmy Shields99Surfski Single18-49Guy
Gander Tawaststjerna102SUP 14'50-59Guy
Sharon Adamski107OC-118-49Girl
Craig Mentz110Surfski Single18-49Guy
Anne Maddox114Surfski Single50-59Girl
David Nollsch115OC-150-59Guy
Gerald Stoltenberg117Surfski Single18-49Guy
Karl Eugster118SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Alan Poulton119Surfski Single18-49Guy
Jenna Blackburn121SUP 12'6"15-17Girl
David Robertshaw123Surfski Single50-59Guy
Julia Cramer124OC-118-49Girl
Marc Dipiero125OC-160+Guy
Robert Lue126OC-118-49Guy
Chris Whethers127OC-118-49Guy
Bill Stewart130OC-150-59Guy
Judy Berce134Surfski Single50-59Girl
Christianne Maigre135OC-118-49Girl
Derek Schrotter137SUP 14'18-49Guy
Julia Nicholls138SUP 12'6"60+Girl
Wesley Echols139Surfski Single50-59Guy
Christian Cook, Dave Murray141OC-218-49Guy
Jennifer Hoard, Barrett Hoard142OC-218-49Mixed
John Murillo143OC-150-59Guy
John Darby148SUP 14'60+Guy
Bruce Gipson149Surfski Single60+Guy
Karen Figueroa151Prone Stock50-59Girl
Steve Mckenzie152SUP 14'60+Guy
Warren Heil153SUP 14'18-49Guy
Cindy Gibson154SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Maximus Cook, Zac Scull159OC-212-14Guy
David Moore160Surfski Single50-59Guy
Kristen Shearouse162OC-118-49Girl
David Slemp163SUP 14'50-59Guy
Reilly Cortland, Burch Baskett165OC-218-49Guy
Shannon Walaker167OC-118-49Girl
Peter Quigley168SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jason Casuga169SUP 14'18-49Guy
John Sekas170SUP 14'50-59Guy
Deven Anthony171OC-160+Guy
Jon Macqueen173OC-160+Guy
David Dean174SUP 14'50-59Guy
Harrison Deisroth175OC-118-49Guy
Kelly Truitt183OC-118-49Girl
Jean Raas, Bob Mercado185OC-218-49Guy
Alex Menkos, John Murillo186OC-250-59Guy
Catherine Urban, Chitthavong Noythanongsay187OC-218-49Mixed
Denise Garay188OC-118-49Girl
Tucker Goetz192Surfski Single15-17Guy
Anita Allen22All50+Girl
Wendell Martin46All50+Guy
Murray Hunkin81All50+Guy
Greg Greene122All50+Guy
Lisa Hertz Malick129All18-49Girl
Mark Weinzierl136All50+Guy
Bobby Johnson158All18-49Guy
Ben Krebs161All18-49Guy
Henry Hidy182All50+Guy
Wayne Henriquez191All50+Guy
Jaime Muehl62OC6OpenGirl
Sunny Jackson63OC6OpenGirl
Kwansene Kenner69OC6OpenGirl
Tiffany Van Every80OC6OpenGirl
Hau Pham87OC6OpenGuy
Kwansene Kenner100OC6OpenMixed
Michele Early104OC6OpenGirl
Alice Tran112OC6OpenGuy
Bob Shustack181OC6OpenMixed
Sue Stroope24AllAllAll
Wayne Stroope25AllAllAll
Sharon Adamski107AllAllAll
Bob Brodhead108AllAllAll
Anne Maddox114AllAllAll
Judy Berce134AllAllAll
Peter Quigley168AllAllAll

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Here's a map of parking, registration, boat launch area, oc6 storage, etc. There will be signs directing you to the area inside the park on the day of the race. We realize that the beach has eroded since last year, so all races will be launching from a sandy spot and will have a water start and finish this year.  

Race maps will be posted closer to race date. Note that race courses will change depending on winds and weather. 

The Shark Bite Challenge is held at Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698


Apr 7 to Apr 9, 2017


Dunedin, FL