The Race Around Palm Island

Join us for the Race Around Palm Island.  This year we are going around the island! We will have a 13 mile race, a 3-mile race and a 1.5 mile fun paddle. All paddle craft welcome.

Palm Island Resort is an elite vacation hide-a-way on the Gulf Coast of Florida between Sarasota and Ft. Myers. The Resort offers 100 privately owned villas in "Old Florida" style architecture. Palm Island Resort has achieved a reputation of being at the pinnacle of Southwest Florida's family of coastal island communities.

Elite Race:
Approximately 13 miles around Palm Island. You will paddle intercoastal waters, Gulf waters and through a challenging pass.

Open Race:
Approximately 3-miles on Palm Island intercoastal waters. It is perfect for beginning and intermediate paddlers who want to race.

Fun Paddle:

A 1.5 mile fun paddle for those who want to experience the beauty of Palm Island the excitement of paddle racing, without the stress.

Special pricing for racers at the Palm Island Resort. Come make a weekend of it. This is destination paddling at its finest.


Special Lodging Rates:

For Racers and Guests

Book one night and receive ½ off the second night!

Deluxe-- 1 BR Villa – $135.00* (800 Sq. feet) -- 2 person Maximum

Deluxe-- 2 BR Villa – $180.00* (1400 sq. feet) -- 4 person Maximum

Deluxe-- 3-BR Villa – $260.00* (1750 – 2000 sq. feet) -- 8 person Maximum



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Friday Night-
The Palm Island Resort's Rum Bay restaurant will be featuring a "Racer's Special" dinner menu for everyone staying at the resort.
After dinner, join John "Sharkman" Willis for some NightSUP action.

7:00am Ferry starts running
7-9 Ferry over or paddle over from Hooked on SUP
8-9am Check-in at Palm Island Resort
9:30 Captains Meeting
9:45 Start
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Awards
7:30pm The Hip Abduction

If you are staying at the resort the Palm Island Marina will have a complimentary breakfast setup for you at registration.  

If you are coming in the morning, you have two options-
1. Come to Hooked on SUP and they will feed you and either give you and your board a boat ride over or you can paddle from their marina; or 
2. Put your car on the ferry ($25/car)
Everyone who came last year will tell you the logistics are super easy, just give yourself a little extra time.

All racers and guests are invited to the Palm Island Resort for the post- race award party and barbecue.


Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Bruce Denson2SUP Unlimited18-49Guy
Marc Essig3Prone Stock18-49Guy
Jim Higgins7SUP 14'50+Guy
Jennifer Peters8SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Heidi Miller9SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Chad Siple12Prone Stock18-49Guy
John Sekas14SUP 14'50+Guy
Kevin Bupp24OC-118-49Guy
Kaleb Cook, Christian Cook25OC-218-49Guy
Heath Marston26SUP 14'18-49Guy
Karen Mayer30SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Jean Raas31OC-118-49Guy
Mj Janczewski34OC-118-49Girl
Rick Talbert41OC-150+Guy
Rob Mirlenbrink43SUP Unlimited18-49Guy
David Rush53SUP 14'50+Guy
Marc Kron57SUP 14'50+Guy
Claudia Klenke61SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Cheryl Rigano63SUP 14'18-49Girl
Kyle Linogon67SUP 14'18-49Guy
Carmine Pici68SUP 14'50+Guy
Elizabeth Morse69SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Laura Iossi76SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Jason Geiger81SUP 14'18-49Guy
Meg Bosi83SUP Unlimited18-49Girl
Dave Jalving84SUP 14'18-49Guy
Matt Kearney87SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Jason Meehan89SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Mia Truckenbrod4Prone Stock18-49Girl
Trisha Atchison10SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Pete Zittere11SUP 14'18-49Guy
Barbara Mccurdy13SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Matthew Defilippis15Prone Stock18-49Guy
John Hansen16SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jeff Gaston17SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Anastacia Roberts20Prone Stock18-49Girl
Grace Mcdaniel21SUP SurfboardU17Girl
Erin Sekas22SUP 12'6"50+Girl
John Wheeler27SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Sergio Barros32SUP 14'50+Guy
Jennifer Yan33SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Edward Rudzki35SUP 14'50+Guy
Alanna Turpin36SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Heather Hill39SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Nicole Thomas40SUP Unlimited18-49Girl
Anne Maddox42SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Ashley Marston44SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Will Marston45SUP 12'6"U17Guy
Hailey Marston46SUP SurfboardU17Girl
Gracie Marston47SUP SurfboardU17Girl
Jessica Melger48SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Laura Talbert49SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Lina Bowers50SUP SurfboardU17Girl
Lucy Allan55SUP SurfboardU17Girl
Bill Blain58SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Emily Ghosh62SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Penny Brown70SUP 14'18-49Girl
Matt Smith73SUP 14'18-49Guy
Bob Brodhead77SUP Unlimited50+Guy
Ellen Morris78SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Ron Migedt80SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Lisa Cool82SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Daniel Cole85SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Matt Logan86Prone Stock18-49Guy
Amanda Volence88SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Albert Cichra90SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Debbie Grobmyer5SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Amy Loy19SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Juliana Ferraz23SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Sandy Clark51Prone Stock50+Girl
Jane Bambace56SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Gemma Fong59SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Paul Bowman60SUP Surfboard18-49Guy
Stephie Davis74SUP 12'6"18-49Girl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

The Elite distance race will be around Palm Island which will be approximately 13 miles. We will leave from the restaurant docks, go south through the intercoastal, out through the pass and back down the gulf side. This will be an awesome paddle.


The Open race will be 3 miles. Perfect for beginning paddlers and short distance sprinters.

The Fun paddle will be a 1.5 mile paddle along the open course route.


This is beautiful Florida coastline. Don Pedro State Park is one of our greatest treasures and this is a great way to see it.

7092 Placida Rd, Placida, FL, United States ‎


From Tampa/North:

Take I-75 South to Exit 191 toward North Port/Englewood. Merge right onto River Road and continue for 12 miles. Turn left onto Pine Street which will become Placida Road. approximatly 7 miles turn right onto Panama Boulevard and proceed to the Palm Island Transit Car Ferry Landing. Please enter the ferry waiting zone on the right sholuder and wait for boarding instructions from the Mate. Once across the intracoastal waterway, proceed 1 mile to Palm Island Resort for check-in.

From Fort Myers/South:

Take I-75 North to Exit 170 Kings Highway/Arcadia/Port Charlotte and turn left onto Kings Highway. Take the first right onto Veterans Boulevard which will become SR-776. Remain on SR-776 for approximately 15 miles and turn left onto Gasparilla Road/CR77 and continue for 12 miles. Turn left onto Panama Boulevard and continue to the Palm Island Transit Car Ferry Landing. Please enter the ferry waiting zone on the right shoulder and wait for boarding instructions from the Mate. Once across the intracoastal waterway proceed 1 mile to Palm Island Resort for check-in.


Sep 28, 2013


Placida, FL