Photo Credit: OnIt Pro calendar600#1e73be JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember 13 January: Return to the Pier 2018 - Santa Barbara, CA 13 January: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series SR4 - San Rafael, CA 14 January: Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race Winter Series #3 2018 - Alameda, CA 14 January: Third Annual Paddle4Ray - Dana Point, CA 17 - 21 January: La Ventana Classic - Baja, Mexico 20 January: 2018 Painkiller Cup (BVI) - SUP Team Race - British Virgin Islands 20 January: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series RWC#1 2018 - Redwood City, CA 20 January: GlaGla Race - Plage de Talloires, France 25 - 28 January: Lazy Dog SUPFest & "Bone Island" 6-Miler Race - Key West, FL 27 January: 2018 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge - San Diego, CA 28-31 January: Kalama Kamp with Jim Terrell - Coco Beach, FL 31 January - 3 February: Kalama Kamp with Jim Terrell - Coco Beach, FL 31 January - 3 February: Kalama Kamp with Jim Terrell - Coco Beach, FL 3 February: Polar Paddle 2018 - South End Surf N Paddle and ALO - Beach Haven, NJ 3 February: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series SR5 - San Rafael, CA 4 February: Danny Ching Paddle Clinic - Shelter Island, San Diego, CA 10 February: NAC Hal Rosoff Classic 2018 - Newport Beach, CA 10 February: Makai Cup - Ulladulla, Australia 10 February: Red Bull Privateers - Cape Romano, FL 11 February: Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race Winter Series #4 2018 - Alameda, Ca 17 February: East Coast Paddleboard Championship - Hollywood, FL 17 February: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series RWC#3 - Redwood City, FL 24 February - 3 March: Infinity SUP Skills Camp - Costa Rica 24 February: Lanakila Classic - Seaside Lagoon - Redondo Beach, CA 24-25 February: Sydney Harbor Challenge - Sydney, Australia 25 February: Bridge to Beach - Sydney, Australia 1-31 March: Danny Ching's Virtual 1 mile time trial and 5k race - Anywhere in the world 3 March: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series SR6 - San Rafael, CA 4 March: The Cold Hands Paddle 2018 - San Pedro, CA 10-11 March: 11th Annual Koa Nui Championship - Honolulu, HI 10 March: Wrightsville Beach Biathlon 2018 - Wrightsville Beach, NC 11 March: Imua Keiki o Ke Kai - Hawaiian Canoe Club, KaHului Harbor | Maui, HI 11 March: Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race Winter Series #5 2018 - Alameda, CA 11 March: Cocoa Beach One Lagoon Charity Paddle - Coco Beach, FL 17 March: Dana Ocean Challenge 2018 - Dana Point, CA 17 March: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series RWC#4 - Redwood City, CA 17 March: Manatee Run Race - Fort Meyers, FL 18 March: 8th Annual Adler Paddler 2018 - Long Beach, FL 23-25 March: Santa Cruz Paddlefest - Steamer Lane| Santa Cruz, CA 24 March: Flying Fish Spring Paddle Challenge - Stuart, FL 6-8 April: Wild Buffalo Race Presented by Puakea Designs - Two Harbors, Catalina, CA 7 April: PC Paddle Classic 2018 - Panama City, FL 7 April: Calusa Palooza 2018 - Estero, FL 7 April: Kayak Trader Oyster City Challenge 2018 - Apalachicola, FL 7 April: Silver Blade International Regatta 2018 - San Diego, CA 13 April: Suncoast Paddle Poker Run and Drag Race Spring 2018 - Treasure Island, FL 13-15: Shark Bite Challenge 2018 - Dunedin, FL 14 April: Spring Splash 2018 - Orangevale, CA 14 April: Beaufort River Quest 2018 - Beaufort, SC 14 April: Kumu'ohu Challenge 2018 - Washington DC 15 April: Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race Winter Series #6 2018 - Alameda, CA 19-22 April: Carolina Cup - Wrightsville Beach, NC 27-29 April: Spring Clean SUP Yoga Retreat - Hurricane, UT 28 April: Key West Paddle Classic 2018 - Key West, FL 28 April: Malibu Downwinder - Malibu, CA 28 April: 2018 San Diego Shaka Fest - San Diego, CA 28-29: Olukai Ho'olaule'a - Maliko Run | Maui, HI 28-29: Kern River Festival - Riverside Park | Kernville, CA 5 May: Standup for the Cure - Newport Beach, CA 5 May: Paddle Imua - Maliko Run | Maui, Hawaii 5 May: Kaiwi Solo | Molokai World Championship OC-1 Race - Molokai to Oahu, HI 9-12 May: Vendée Va'a - France 12 May: Back of Beyond - Moab, UT 12 May: SUP Swap Meet - West Coast Paddlesports - San Diego, CA 19 May: Pirate Paddle - Point Pleasant, NJ 2-3: Tarn Water Race - Gorges du Tarn, France 16: 17th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race and Jay's 40th Birthday - Santa Cruz, CA 1 July: South Bay Dozen - Torrance, CA 7 July: Standup for the Cure - Muskegon, MI 7-8 July: APP World Tour Stop #1 - London, UK 14 July: Maui to Molokai - Maui to Molokai, HI 16-21 July: Gorge Downwind Champs - Hood River, OR 22 July: Poi Bowl Race - Maliko Run | Maui, HI 28-29 July: Lake Ontario Crossing - Lake Ontario, US & Canada 25 August: Standup for the Cure - Seattle, WA 8 September: Paddle for a Cure - Little Stoney Point in Cold Spring, NY 15-23 September: APP World Tour Stop #2 - New York City, NY 15 September: Pailolo Challenge - Maui to Molokai, HI 6-7 October: Pacific Paddle Games - Dana Point, CA 7 October: Molokai Hoe - Molokai to Oahu, HI 15 October - 2 November: APP World Tour Stop #3 - San Francisco, CA 8-9 December: APP World Tour Stop #4 - Paris, France 11-20 December: APP World Tour Stop #5 - Gran Canaria, Spain Race Calendar The SUP Examiner calendar includes paddling events from SUP and beyond held across North America and select events from around the world. Listings on the SUP Examiner calendar are free and always will be. Let us highlight your event to promote the sport of paddling! Races and events are a great way to meet new paddlers, travel to fun locations, try out different boards, and maybe even demo a new paddle craft! Not every race is super competitive and even the ones which are typically have an event for recreational paddlers who just want to get out on the water and complete a course. Paddling races are conducted on every body of water from the oceans to lakes and rivers. Unlike running which tends to revolve around 3k, 5k and 10k lengths, there are no established distances for standup paddleboard races. That said, in the United States, a distance of around 4-5 miles is a fairly typical distance for an average race. Many races will hold a short course of approximately 1 mile for new paddlers in conjunction with their main event. Races longer than 5 miles are often referred to as a distance race and are only recommended for experienced paddlers. Outrigger canoe races take on a variety of forms from the popular OC-1 and OC-2 canoes commonly seen racing alongside SUPs to the mighty six man canoes (OC-6) used in offshore races around the world. There are even 9-man races, consisting of six paddlers in a canoe accompanied by an escort boat carrying three additional paddlers and a change coach. Per the instructions of the change coach, the escort boat will drop paddlers off in the water and a quick water change is made to swap out 1-3 paddlers at a time. This format is typically reserved for long distance paddling races. Is your favorite event listed? If not, let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also publish a weekly news column listing events from our paddling calendar. No event is too great or small. Paddling is for everyone! Listings are free and always will be!