Some of the island’s best paddlers will take to the water this weekend for the East End Stand-Up Paddleboard Classic.
The event features an elite race over six miles on Saturday followed by a barbecue and bonfire.
Sunday starts with a sunrise paddle followed by a junior one-mile race and a fun mile race and relay. The day will also feature paddleboard yoga and introductions to the sport for newcomers.
Saturday’s race carries a $700 first prize and $100 second prize in both the male and female categories.
The event costs $25 in advance and $35 on the day with proceeds going from the Keep Calm and Paddle On organization to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and for special needs charities in the Cayman Islands.
Jasmin Muratagic of Keep Calm and Paddle On, said there is now a growing series of paddleboard events around the island.
“It is the fastest growing sport on the island over the past few years,” he said.
The weekend event is organized by White Sand Watersports and the Wyndham Reef Resort in association with KCPO.
“We are trying to get as many people out there as possible to have some fun and raise some money for two really good charities,” added Mr. Muratagic.
Alan Correia, operations manager for White Sand Watersports, said the business had hosted one of the first paddleboard races six years ago, in the early days of the sport.
“That was really before stand-up paddleboarding took off in Cayman. It is getting so much bigger, we thought, let’s bring it back.”
He hopes the event will become an annual one and part of a series with different races around the island.
Event registration starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with the six-mile race starting at 3 p.m. Sunday starts with the sunrise paddle at 7 a.m. Board transportation is available to the Wyndham Resort, and there will be some boards for hire. For more information, call 916-7263 or 936-7263.