Go Paddle Race Profile: The Chucktown Showdown
September 17, 2016
Brittlebank Park, Charleston, South Carolina
Can you describe the different races and courses?
The nine mile Harbor course is the elite race that takes paddlers through the historic Charleston harbor with views of the Battery, Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, USS Yorktown and the Ravenel bridge.
The four mile Battery course is a sprint race along the western side of the Charleston peninsula with views of the Antebellum homes leading up to the Battery.
The one mile kids course is a spectator-friendly course visible from Brittlebank park with lots of challenging buoy turns for paddlers 12 years and younger
What kind of paddling settings and conditions will racers face?
The Harbor course will involve a combination flatwater along the Ashley river and then it open up into the Charleston Harbor where conditions can vary from flatwater to ocean chop conditions. The Battery course and the kids course generally have flatwater conditions.
What makes your event great? What will paddlers love about coming to your event?
Paddlers love the venue and the courses. The rich history of Charleston make the views from race course very exciting. After the race we have a ‘Biergarten under the pines’ along with food trucks and music. We also host the Shem Creek Shuffle Pub Crawl the evening of the race.
Will there be any clinics and what are the details?
There will be two clinics offered by professional paddleboarder, Jeramie Vaine, on Friday September 16th:
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Paddle Technique Clinic
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Sunset SUP Yoga Clinic
Both clinics are available as options when you register online at paddleguru.com
Where can people get paddle gear like PFDs and Hydration packs?
Prior to race day we recommend visiting our title sponsor, Carolina Paddleboard Company . You can order online or call them at (910) 679-4473 and they can bring it down with them for race day.
Are there paddleboard rentals available and if yes, where? Contact info?
For board rental we also recommend calling our title sponsor, Carolina Paddleboard Company at (910) 679-4473 to make arrangements and they can bring the board down with them for race day.
Where can people buy groceries?
Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407
Where can people stay? Do you have a hotel you can recommend and contact info?
Our host hotel is the Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown – Ashley River; 250 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403, (843) 722-4000
What great local restaurants can you recommend?
Hominy Grill, Rutledge Cab Co., 167 Raw, Edmunds Oast, Darling Oyster, McCrady’s, and the Grocery, just to name a few local favorites
Where is the best coffee in town?
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer
Does your event benefit a charity and if so, can you tell us about them?
All proceeds from the race benefit the Special Olympics of South Carolina SUP Program.