Madison, Wis.: A bigger, better, bolder 2012 Midwest Standup Paddle Festival will hit the shores of Lake Mendota at Bishops Bay Country Club, Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15, featuring lessons, demos, paddleboard yoga and clinics for all ability levels, plus a World Paddle Association-sanctioned race, recreational race and more.
Riding the waves of excitement from last year’s event—which drew a major crowd and world-class paddleboard racers like Chuck Patterson, Karen Wrenn and Jim Terrell—the 2012 Midwest Standup Paddle Festival offers a weekend dedicated to introducing newcomers to the fast-growing sport of standup paddleboarding (SUP) while providing a spectacular venue for racers to test their skills.
“The fest offers a wealth of clinics from beginner to advanced led by top board designers and paddlers in the industry,” says Gary Stone, owner of event sponsor Paddleboard Specialists, an online and mail-order SUP retailer with a retail showroom in Madison, Wis. “Plus, you’ll find the largest selection of paddleboards within 2000 miles to demo and super fun races for either participation or simply watching and cheering.”
“There’s no other event like this one in the Midwest,” adds Stone. “Last year, our roster of elite racers was impressive, but what makes this festival different is that there’s something for everyone: the SUP newcomer, the seasoned athlete, the pro, even kids. It’s going to be a blast.”
In keeping with last year’s philanthropic bend, a portion of revenues from the 2012 Midwest Standup Paddle Festival will be donated to Madison, Wisconsin’s UW Health American Family Children’s Hospital and Henry Vilas Zoo.
This event is open to the public, and all are invited to come join in the fun. Interested spectators, participants and racers can visit www.paddleboardspecialists.com for further details, and beginning April 1, 2012, can register at www.midwestpaddlefestival.eventbrite.com. Ticket prices vary, but basic entry to the festival begins at $45 for adults, $35 for kids 11-14 years, and kids under 10 are free. Basic entry includes catered lunch, t-shirt and goody bag. Race entry is $55 and includes admission to the festival.
MIDWEST STAND UP PADDLE FESTIVAL TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR JULY 13-15, 2012
Friday, July 13th
5:00 p.m.: Clinics at Bishops Bay Country Club with Nikki Gregg, Karen Wrenn and Chuck Patterson
7:30 p.m.: Dinner Reception at Bishops Bay Country Club
Saturday, July 14th
7:30 a.m.: Registration Opens
8:30 a.m.: 6-mile Race
9:45 a.m.: 2-mile Recreational Race
10:45 a.m.: Learn to SUP Clinic
11:00 a.m.: Learn to SUP Clinic
11:00 a.m.: Touring and race paddleboard design with board shaper Joe Bark
11:00 a.m.: SUP Q & A with Nikki Gregg
11:00 a.m.: Gear Demos Begin (end at 2 p.m.)
11:00 a.m.: Brand Presentations Begin
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: On-site Catered Lunch (included in event fee)
12:00 p.m.: Race Awards Presentation
12:30 p.m.: How to Choose a Stand Up Paddle Clinic with Danny Mongno
12:30 p.m.: Learn to SUP Clinic
12:30 p.m.: SUP Yoga Clinic with Suki Warda of Harbor Athletic & Blackbird Family Yoga
1:00 p.m.: Your First SUP Race From Preparation Through Race Strategy with Dan Gavere
1:00 p.m.: Learn to SUP Clinic
1:00 p.m.: The Science of Your Paddle Stroke Clinic with Jim Terrell
1:00 p.m.: SUP Q & A with Nikki Gregg
1:30 p.m.: Learn to SUP Clinic
2:00 p.m.: Understanding the Body Mechanics of SUP with Mona Melms of Studio Melt
2:30 p.m.: Sponsor Prize Presentation
3:00 p.m.: Event Close
Sunday, July 15th
9:00 a.m.: Whitewater SUP Clinic with Dan Gavere at Prairie Du Sac Dam
9:00 a.m.: Nikki Gregg SUP Fitness Clinic
For further information about this event or to schedule an interview with Gary Stone, please call 877.473.1199 or e-mail
A video from last year’s event can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/26528777.
Paddleboard Specialists is located at 5495 Catfish Court, Wesport, Wis., 53597.
Tel: 608.849. 0616. Web: www.paddleboardspecialists.com.