There’s a new location but it’s the same great event when 9th annual Big Bear Paddlefest returns July 9 with races, demos, vendor expo and beach party.
Canoes, kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) are welcome at Paddlefest, now held at Rotary Park (next to Marina Resort) with events starting at 8 a.m. Sponsors include North Shore Trading Co., Bear Mountain Solar Energy, Stand Up Paddleboards from Hobie, Absolute Outdoor, Aztek Paddles, Keen Footwear, Desolation Outdoors, Smith, Clif Bar, North Shore Landing, Open Air Big Bear, Events Resource Office and World Paddle Association among others.
Races include sprints and relay races plus 5K and 10K immediately in front of the venue on a multiple turn course, offering excellent views for spectating. The 20K race still goes counterclockwise around the lake. Fastest man and woman on SUP or kayak in the 20K split $500 in prize money and there’s great prizes for other categories.
The free kids fun paddle for ages 12 and under is at 11 a.m.. There’s fun paddling activities like SUP yoga and clinics.
Race fees range from $40-$60 depending on distance and include lake permit, mandatory quagga inspection, limited edition tech tee and swag-stuffed goodie bag. Spectating is free (and the beach party after 1 p.m. awards ceremony has food, music and games.
Big Bear Paddlefest is presented by North Shore Trading Company; call (909) 866-3414 or www.bigbearpaddlefest.com.