Another Easy Rider SUP Cup is in the books, making it a full decade worth of Stand Up Paddle racing in Edmonton. Saturday dawned sunny and a bit chilly for registration at the Edmonton Queen Riverboat parking lot. The City’s ever changing road paving schedule made it a little eventful to get to the sign in area – but eventually all the Race and Tour paddlers were checked in and the paddlers and their boards were loaded into their respective shuttles. The Racers headed up to Terwillegar Park and make the short trek to the water, while the Tour paddlers left 30 minutes later and were shuttled to Laurier Park. The Race began shortly after 9:30 AM with 36 racers heading out. Once the first half of the racers passed by Laurier Park – the 64 Tour paddlers joined in the river run back down to Rafters Landing and the Edmonton Queen Riverboat. And then the wind came! Shortly after Laurier Park, all paddlers faced a very strong head wind. Thank goodness it was down current. But – once the paddlers rounded the bend in the river at the north end of Hawrelak Park it turned into a downwind / down current run all the way past the High Level bridge. From there it was a short paddle to the finish. Once all paddlers were back safe and sound we proceeded with the BBQ and Awards at Rafters Landing. Sunday was SUP Polo Day – and while it was a little chilly, at least there was no wind. With the Starboard Polo court all set up, paddlers were shuttled out to the playing field on the 18’6″ x 60″ Starboard Starship where they mounted their Starboard SUP Polo boards and paddles. Each team played 2 games – and while at times it “seemed” really serious, ALL players had the most FUN of the entire weekend. There were lots of battles, some blood, and lots of laughter. Thank you to everyone that came out and paddled / that volunteered to help run the event / and to all the sponsors that donated the massive amount of draw prizes – please support them, as they support the sport. Photos and video of the event coming soon. See you on August 18 & 19, 2018 for the start of the next decade with year number 11.
NOTICE – – ALL paddlers (both RACE & TOUR) will be shuttled to the STARTS of their events. The Finish is the same at the Edmonton Queen River Boat – but the Awards and BBQ will be in the park by the River Boat. Below is a listing of “check in” and “shuttle times”. If you are doing the RACE distance – and NOT using the shuttle service you MUST still come to Rafters Landing at 8:00 AM to register and get your race number. No RACE number = No time. River RACE Paddlers Check-in is at 8:00 AM at the Rafters Landing / Edmonton Queen River Boat Parking lot. Shuttle to RACE Start leaves at 8:30 AM (only for Pre registered competitors) ALL Paddlers MUST have a LEASH, WHISTLE and PFD – NO EXCEPTIONS!!! River TOUR Paddlers Check-in is at 8:30 AM at the Rafters Landing / Edmonton Queen River Boat Parking lot. Shuttle to TOUR Start leaves at 9:00 AM (only for Pre registered competitors) ALL Paddlers MUST have a LEASH, WHISTLE and PFD – NO EXCEPTIONS!!! ALL Paddlers will finish at Rafters Landing (Edmonton Queen River Boat) BBQ / Race awards and partial Draw Prizes will be at the park by the River Boat Below is a Map of the River Course – showing hazards and other important information. Hard copies are available in the store. ** PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SHALLOW SECTIONS IN THE RIVER – BE AWARE! **
Starboard presents the – 10th Annual Easy Rider SUP Cup August 19 & 20, 2017 Saturday, August 19 Stand Up Paddleboard Race & Tour on the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. Race will be approximately 16 km. Touring class will be approximately 8 km. BBQ / Race Trophies and partial Draw Prizes will be handed out at the end of the Race. FREE Shuttle service provided to Pre-Registered Race and Tour paddlers. Sunday, August 20 SUP Polo AND SUP Fishing Derby Both events at Hermitage Park Lake SUP Polo will consist of Teams of 3 people. SUP Fishing Derby will be held at the same time as the Polo Matches. *Alberta Fishing licenses are required Awards and partial Draw Prizes will follow at end SUP Polo and the SUP Fishing Derby Each event is $30. Tons of draw prizes. All ability levels. Must have your own Board / Paddle / Leash / Whistle and PFD – for the Race and Tour. Fishing Derby will require PFD’s and a Leash (as well as own board and paddle). Boards and paddles will be provided for the SUP Polo. REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR SHUTTLE SERVICE IS AUGUST 13, 2017 After August 13 – you will be on your own for getting to the race and tour start, and back from the finish. Pre Registration is now available in store at The Easy Rider.