The Erie Series
The Erie Series is a series of festival-style, paddle sports races, held at various locations along the shores of beautiful Lake Erie and her tributaries, throughout the 2019 paddling season. Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf, in conjunction with our many race partners and sponsors, will be hosting six of these events between the months of June to September.
ALL ARE WELCOME! We invite paddlers of all crafts – SUPs, kayaks, surfskis, canoes, OCs, and prone - the causal paddlers and the competitive paddlers, athletes from other sports (runners, cyclists, climbers), water lovers, adventurers, and outdoor enthusiasts, who might not own a paddle craft, but would want to give it a try on a rented paddle board or kayak, and of course, area locals.
These events are designed to be family-friendly, and inclusive to paddlers of all skill levels and all watercraft. Typically, we will offer 3 different races – a recreational race on a short course (2-4 miles), an elite race on a longer course (6-10 miles), and youth races. The race categories are determined by board/ boat size, gender and age. We will track all race results in a series points system and will award winners at the end of the season.
All races directed by Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf will take place on weekends, followed by music/ entertainment/ bands, food and drink, awards, boat and board demos, paddle clinics, yoga, slack line, try-it activities, outdoor retailers, games, raffles, and prizes.
Our main objectives are to bring together the adventure and paddle sports community for a fun day of friendly competition; to attract new paddlers who might not otherwise be exposed to or have access to paddle craft; to shine a positive light on Lake Erie and surrounding waterways; to promote a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle; and to highlight the importance of clean water conservation.
Below is the 2019 schedule of events and details
June 1, 2019 - Bringing Back the Black
Location: Black River Launch at Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle, Lorain, Ohio
The focus of this race is to celebrate the restorative efforts and ecological come back of the Lower Black River.
3-mile recreation fun race: Water start at Grumpy’s, paddle 1.5 miles south to the heron rookery, 180º buoy turn, back to Grumpy’s for a water finish. Awards for top three finishers in all classes.
7-mile elite distance race: Water start at Grumpy’s, paddle 3.5 miles to French Creek, 180º buoy turn, back to Grumpy’s for water finish. Awards for top three finishers in all classes.
Grom (youth) races: Short course along the Grumpy’s waterfront, with one 180º bouy turn. Awards for top three finishers in age and class.
June 22, 2019 - Blazing Paddles Standup Paddle, Canoe & Kayak Race
Presented by Share the River
Location: Merwin’s Wharf, 1785 Merwin Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
Blazing Paddles is a standup paddleboard race, canoe & kayak celebration held on the Cuyahoga River, a historic body of water that's risen like a phoenix from its ecological low-point in 1969. You'll be on a curvy, 5.7-mile urban course that flows past a unique mix of riverfront sites where iconic pyramids of sand and stone stand in contrast to paved paths and green-spaces. The scenic course with sweeping views of downtown Cleveland will take you under 10 bridges spanning the river before you reach the turnaround point - THE location of the 1952 Cuyahoga River fire, the infamous image that's often used as a visual stand-in for the much smaller June 22, 1969 fire.
June 23, 2019 - SUPXross (SUP only)
Presented by ProWatercross
Location: Dobbins Landing, Erie, PA
WHAT IS SUPXROSS?
Simply put, it is Stand Up Paddleboard racing on a closed course... Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) racing is typically done on a long course, most commonly occurring on rivers or along the shoreline of lakes and ocean waters. SUPcross uses the same closed course race track that is use in watercross (aka jet ski racing).
SupXross offers the most dynamic setting found on flat water…period! It bridges the extensive gap between standard “straight-line” SUP races, and the more extreme elements of whitewater SUP racing; by eliminating any unforeseen hazards, and establishing a safe, contained environment within a closed course race track, this allows paddlers (of all abilities) the “SUP-racing ride of their life”!
SupXross will push these athletes to their limits as they take sharp left and right turns, testing their agility and stamina. The closed course features a buoy-marked track that is designed to keep the competition tight and fans close to the action. Speed, technique and determination will all come into play throughout each race, with as many as 20 paddlers negotiating a series of pivot turns and straightaways in this qualifying style of racing that include heats, semi-finals and finals. The vision for having single-lap heats, is to keep the pace as high as it could get in any sports arena. With a short-enough distance to keep the pace at peak level, yet just long enough to allow for contested lead-changes and sudden shifts in momentum, “SupXross” possesses those pivotal moments that will live on in the history of sports forever!
July 27, 2019 - Ohio State Canoe, Kayak & Paddleboard Championships
Location: Grand River Landing, 800 N St Clair St, Fairport Harbor, OH
This is an up/down river race with buoy turns. Mostly flat deep water, some slow moving shallows. There are plenty of viewing opportunities for spectators. Race officials reserve the right to alter the course if deemed necessary. The race starts and ends at the same location. 5 & 10-mile races.
August 17, 2019 - Lorain Light Paddle Battle and Sunset Beach Fest
Location: Lakeview Park, 1800 W Erie Ave, Lorain, OH
We could not be more stoked about this race and you should be too, because it is going to be a blast! Sun, sand castles, racing, food and drink, adult beverages, live music, demos, paddle clinics, yoga, slack lining, and tons of try-it activities, all set on beautiful Lakeview Park beach. Plenty of fun activities for the whole family!
2-mile race: Water start, paddle one mile of open Lake Erie to the amazing Lorain lighthouse, 180º buoy turn, and back for a beach finish.
8-mile elite distance race: Beach start, paddle 1 mile out to the Lorain Lighthouse, 180º buoy turn, back toward the beach, 90º bouy turn, head west for 3 miles to Beaver Creek, 180º bouy turn, head east 3 miles back for a beach finish. (Alternate course if the lake is too choppy: Beach start, paddle 1 mile out, around the Lorain Lighthouse, through the harbor, head south up the Black River for 3 mile, 180º bouy turn at 611 bridge, head back north for 3 miles, around the lighthouse, and back for a beach finish.)
Grom (youth) races: Short course just off the beach with water start, a bouy turn, and beach finish.
August 24, 2019 - Kelleys Island Paddle Plunder
Location: Kelleys Island State Park Beach, 920 Division St, Kelleys Island, OH
Teams of 4 paddlers (SUP/ kayak/ canoe) have 2.5 hours to navigate around Kelleys Island to retrieve treasure from hidden treasure chests. The team to collect all the treasure and cross the finish line in the shortest amount of time wins.
Awards ceremony, food, drinks and after party at Dockers Waterfront Bar and Restaurant