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It’s time for one of the most exciting events of the year, The Englewood Beach Paddlefest! From November 10th through the 12th, paddleboard enthusiasts from all over meet right here in Englewood Florida for some fun in the Sun, races, and prizes. The event has been running since 2015, and this year is shaping up to be the most exciting Paddlefest yet.

Friday

The festivities start on Friday (11/10/17) with a huge party for all the registered racers, and their friends and families. There’ll be a pool party and shrimp boil at Hooked On SUP at Cape Haze Marina. The fun doesn’t stop with dinner either, as there’ll be a pool/hot tub party later that evening! The party is free with race registration, and extra tickets are available for $15 at the door (kids under 10 get in free). There will also be a raffle where a brand new Yolo Board and Quickblade Paddleboard will be given away. The real fun kicks off on Saturday though.

Saturday

November 11th is race day! Four races will take place over the course of the day, plus a great beach lunch and awards ceremony means there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re attending Paddlefest on the Saturday, make sure to keep an eye out for the:

  • Long Race: 6 Miles
This beach start race takes place in Gulf waters, and will go through a very challenging ocean pass. Boat traffic and natural currents make this race unpredictable and super fun to watch. This race is certainly not for the inexperienced paddler!
  • Open Course: 3 Miles

This race starts at the beach and takes place in Gulf waters as well. This race is a little easier on the competitor though, as it’s not as long or unpredictable as the Long Race.

  • Recreational Fun Race: 1.5 Miles

Like the name implies, this race is just for fun. Those that want to enjoy the magnificence of the beach and enjoy the water will be right at home during this race.

  • Paddle Hound Kids Race: ¼ Mile

This race is also in the Gulf, but a little closer to shore. The Paddle Hound is for kids 11 and younger. Don’t worry though, the young ones receive a pre-race “paddle clinic” and extra precautions are implemented to ensure safety.

Sunday

Sunday (11/12/17) will be full of food and laughs as it kicks off the Paddlefit Beach Challenge and the Thanksgiving Day lunch. Paddlefit will see competitive teams (complete in costume) facing off in hamster ball races, hippity hop races, and a salt water slip and slide. Plenty of fun is to be had during the last day of Paddlefest, culminating in a Thanksgiving lunch. Even though Thanksgiving is a few weeks out, the organizers of Paddlefest take advantage of having everyone together to give thanks and enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast. Who could say ‘no’ to another Thanksgiving meal?

The wannaB inn is a proud sponsor of the Englewood Paddlefest, and we can’t wait to welcome the event’s contestants into our resort. Every year we look forward to the paddleboard races, and they never seem to disappoint. Good luck to all the contestants! Here’s to some friendly competition this weekend! For more info on the event, click here.