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.


  • 3 p.m. Social Paddle with the Pirates Paddle Club on Dunedin Causeway. Meet just past the Tiki Hut on the left!
  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Welcome Captains'/Anglers' Party at Hurricane Eddies on Dunedin Causeway


  • 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
  • 10 a.m. Essential Skills of Kayaking 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.

Iryna Abramova46OC6OpenMixed
Alain Ruel55OC6OpenMixed
Tony Walz4SUP 12'6"50-59Guy
Darren Crozier5Fast Sea Kayak50-59Guy
Patti Revello10SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Andy Black12Surfski Single50-59Guy
Matthew Goolsby13SUP 14'18-49Guy
Donna Catron24SUP 12'6"60+Girl
Pam Boteler25Surfski Single18-49Girl
Mike Taber27SUP 14'18-49Guy
Joyce Saltsman29OC-150-59Girl
Frank Torres30SUP 14'50-59Guy
Georgia Bloomer-rancourt34SUP 12'6"9-11Girl
Judith Rhines42OC-150-59Girl
Diane Lukens44SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Andy Gerber45Prone Stock60+Guy
Saralane Harrer49SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Joye Quire, Donald Quire50Sea Kayak Double60+Mixed
Dave Roberts1Surfski Single60+Guy
Mike Allen2Surfski Single50-59Guy
Tim Milligan3Surfski Single60+Guy
Darren Crozier5Fast Sea Kayak50-59Guy
Chelsea Jurczenko9SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Sean Turner14Surfski Lifeguard Spec18-49Guy
Bruce Raymond, Ann 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
Lynne Franks-meinert, Laura Mcginnis22OC-218-49Girl
Karen Figueroa23Prone Stock50-59Girl
Anita Allen26Surfski Single60+Girl
Karen Schindler, Robert Saltsman28OC-218-49Mixed
Barrett Hoard, Jennifer Hoard31OC-218-49Mixed
Robert Lang32Surfski Single60+Guy
Rachel Hughes, Mike Hughes33Surfski Double18-49Mixed
Jonathan Rivera35OC-118-49Guy
Eric Mims37Surfski Lifeguard Spec18-49Guy
Nate Humberston38Surfski Single18-49Guy
Yves Cartier39Surfski Single60+Guy
Hildren Francis43OC-150-59Girl
Flavio Costa47Surfski Single18-49Guy
Murray Hunkin48Surfski Single50-59Guy
George Knight52Surfski Single60+Guy
Ross Elder53OC-160+Guy
Cindy Gibson54SUP 12'6"50-59Girl
Sara Jordan56SUP 14'18-49Girl
Wayne Stroope57Surfski Single50-59Guy
Sue Stroope58Surfski Single50-59Girl
Alain Ruel55OC6OpenGirl

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