this weekend, Saturday, July 28th, is the Detroit SUP Festival 2012. when I first caught wind of this event, I was thinking it might be held in Detroit, specifically on the Detroit River. turns out the event will be on Kent Lake in Kensington Metropark (I’ve sailed there a few times), so in a northwest suburb of Detroit. not exactly Detroit, but I guess close enough to call it the Detroit SUP Festival 2012.
early Saturday morning there will be a 3 mile recreational class short course race, followed by a 6 mile Elite class race. the 3 mile race says it is for all ages and abilities, but the racing is 13 years and up… not sure what that means.
the event is free for spectators and non-competitors, and there will be vendors on site, and I would imagine the opportunity for product demonstrations. if you’re interested in the sport of stand-up paddling, or are just a water sport loving person – you should stop by and check out the event. the event is being held at the Maple Beach area at Kensington (link to .pdf map), which is on the west side of the lake.
one of the events main sponsors is Detroit Surf Co, who makes a pretty sweet looking SUP board, all locally crafted in Michigan. not sure if they’ll have any of the limited supply of these new SUP boards, but I would hope so.