A Note Regarding the 2016 OBX Paddle Palooza and American Windsurfing Tour Hatteras Event:
As many of you know, Wind-NC has spearheaded both of these great events for quite a few years. In 2015, Wind-NC’s owner Andy had some health issues that set him, his family, and the shop back quite a bit. We still sponsored the events because we had already committed to doing so, but it wasn’t easy and it ended up setting us back even further. We have determined that 2016 needs to be a year of rebuilding for us, and as such we have temporarily stepped down from leading the charge on these two events. It was a challenging decision to make, because we truly love hosting the events and think that they add great value to our community.
We have reached out to other potential sponsors to see if anyone else is willing to take charge. So far there are no takers, but we will do our best to keep everyone informed if there are any changes. We would also like to point out that if we have a truly epic Spring (business wise), we will be happy to return as title sponsors and will attempt to reinstate the events ASAP.
Thank you for your understanding and for your participation in these events in the past. Please let us know if you have any suggestions as to how we can improve the events in the future.
Sorry for the lack of communication and information concerning this year’s event.
Long story short: Event organizer Andy had some health issues this Spring which set the organization schedule WAAAAAY behind… So, there will be a few changes for the 2015 race:
First and foremost, proceeds will still benefit the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad!
Second: Paddle Palooza is NOT a sanctioned WPA race this year. Our sincere apologies to anyone who was planning to attend to get their points. We’ll still race for fun with similar divisions and course layout to prior years. General organization will be a bit more relaxed… Prizes will be limited in scale compared to previous year’s bounty… Registration fees will be minimized as well.
Speaking of registration- this year, your registration fees will only cover the race and two raffle tickets. T-Shirts will be available for sale at just $12. Saturday’s dinner will be “Bring your own Grillable”- we’ll have a few BBQs set up, and some salads and sides, but the main course is up to you. Here is the fee schedule:
12’2″ and under Surf SUP 2 Mile Race: $10
12’6″ SUP 2 Mile JUNIOR’S Race: $10 (ages 13-16)
12’6″ SUP 4 Mile Race: $15
14′ SUP 6 Mile Race: $20
Unlimited and Prone 6 Mile Race: $20
Saturday, May 30th, 2015:
- 9AM- On Site Registration Starts
- SUP Races- Skipper’s Meeting at 10 am, first possible start at 10:30 am!
- Ocean Expression Session- Catch some waves in the Atlantic Ocean! Location depends on the conditions of the day.
- Free Windsurf Lessons: 1-4 pm
- Bring your own Grillables BBQ Dinner- 7 pm
- Raffle after dinner
Sunday, May 31st, 2015:
- SUP Yoga- 9 am- Stretch out those sore muscles from the previous day’s racing, with instructor Amy Klauser! Meet at the Pavilion, Free! ***Not Yet Confirmed for 2015***
- Ocean Expression Session- Catch some waves in the Atlantic Ocean! Location depends on the conditions of the day. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.
That’s it! Thanks for your understanding. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
Following the successes of the 2011-2014 OBX Paddle Palooza, we’ve picked dates for 2015! Mark your calendars for May 30 – 31, 2015 for the fifth running of this annual event!
This is a 3 day Festival of Fun, so gather up the entire family and come try out Stand Up Paddleboarding, join in some fun races, and don’t forget your appetite for the Pig Pickin’ on Saturday night!
Wholesome, Healthy Fun!
Camping and Family Oriented Activities