By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Stand-Up paddleboard enthusiasts and beginners alike can take part in a race in the Indian River Lagoon this weekend, all for a great cause.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, Paddling Paradise will host the Stand-Up Paddleboard 'N' Go at Ballard Park in Melbourne, from 5 to 8 p.m. The race is the third of four events in the summer series.
Registration fees at $25 per event, and partial proceeds will benefit the Cancer Care Centers Foundation of Brevard.
Those interested can register online at www.supngo.com or at the event, beginning at 2 p.m.
"We enjoy paddling and racing in a recreational setting, and the Indian River Lagoon is a perfect place for it," said Dan Smith, president of Paddling Paradise. "We think Stand-Up Paddling is a very enjoyable sport and can be done by the whole family."
Divisions for Saturday's event include the Male and Female One Mile, Male and Female Three Mile, along with the Quarter Mile BIC six-man heat race. Mr. Smith added that the Male and Female one and three mile races will also include 12-foot-by-6-inch and 14-foot recreational boards.
First-through third-place in each category and division will be recognized at the conclusion of the event.
"We chose to give partial proceeds to the Cancer Care Centers Foundation because they are very local and have helped out some of our friends in the past," Mr. Smith said when asked why Paddling Paradise decided to support the Brevard-based organization. "They are a wonderful organization.
Even in its inaugural year, Mr. Smith has received a great deal of praise for the Stand-Up Paddleboard 'N' Go summer series.
"We've been told it is one of the best SUP races that most people have been to," he said. "It's great outdoor fun, on the water, that the whole family can get into."
With Stand-Up Paddleboarding exploding with popularity world-wide, Mr. Smith said that the Brevard community is lucky to be living in a "paddling paradise."
"We feel that this area will be a great destination for people to come out and enjoy what we have to offer," he said. "We also hope that, as many more people get on the water, we can become more educated about the Indian River Lagoon and how we affect it."
Paddling Paradise will host the Stand-Up Paddleboard 'N' Go summer series event on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Ballard Park in Melbourne, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Registration is $25 per event and partial proceeds benefit the Cancer Care Centers Foundation.
Paddling Paradise is located at 729 North Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne.
Ballard Park is located at 924 Thomas Barbour Drive, Melbourne.
For more information or to register online, visit www.supngo.com. Registration will also be available at Paddling Paradise or on race day.