Shark Bite Challenge 2018

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.

Tony Walz4SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Darren Crozier5Fast Sea Kayak50-59Guy
Pam Boteler6Surfski Single18-49Girl
Patti Revello10SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Andy Black12Surfski Single50-59Guy
Matthew Goolsby13SUP 14'18-49Guy
Danny Mcdonald21Surfski Single50-59Guy
Dave Roberts1Surfski Single60+Guy
Mike Allen2Surfski Single50-59Guy
Tim Milligan3Surfski Single60+Guy
Darren Crozier5Fast Sea Kayak50-59Guy
Pam Boteler, Scott Miller6OC-218-49Mixed
Chelsea Jurczenko9SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Sean Turner14Surfski Lifeguard Spec18-49Guy
Ann Raymond, Bruce Raymond15OC-260+Mixed
Jack Crawford17Surfski Single50-59Guy
Dionne Reed18OC-118-49Girl
Scott Miller, Pam Boteler19OC-250-59Mixed
Ray Worrell20OC-150-59Guy
Danny Mcdonald21Surfski Single50-59Guy

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 13 to Apr 15, 2018


Dunedin, FL