Skip to content Skip to footer

It seems like just yesterday the world was lamenting the loss of OABI, the preeminent paddle racing event in the Midwest.

It seems like just yesterday that Larry Cain blazed a record setting lap of the picturesque island that gleams like a jewel in the Detroit River.

It seems like just yesterday when the paddling world's eyes trained themselves on Detroit.

But the snow has fallen 4 times since.

The Midwest Paddle League has come into fruition, and has crowned three sets of champions.

Billions of gallons of water have flowed under the bridge just before the finish line.

On July 17th, 2022, it will all come back to us. A DNR permit capped 150 paddlers will once again line up and do a lap of belle isle. Once again, people will stand victorious at the accomplishment of circumnavigating Belle Isle, their pictures taken against the backdrop of a city gleaming with the possibility of rebirth.

Paddle racing on Belle Isle is back. It's not OABI. There will not be a band. There will not be a beer tent. But there will be a party, and it will be the start of something new, something sustainable, and something that is sure to become classic.

Registration for the Belle Isle Classic is now open! Registration will be LIMITED to 150 participants. Chances of the event SELLING OUT is HIGH. Recommend you register ASAP and get in EARLY or you may miss out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Classes for SUP, Surfski, Kayak, Canoe, OC, Prone, and Coastal and Open Water Scull.
See you on the water.


  • Adrian Angell
    Posted April 12, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Great to see! Looking forward to racing around Belle Isle again!

  • Adrian Angell
    Posted April 12, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Great to see! Looking forward to racing around Belle Isle again!

Leave a comment

Paddle Events

August 3, 2024 07:00

Ohio River Paddlefest Races

Bring your SUP, kayak, canoe, tandem, or prone and join Adventure Crew, The Explore Kentucky Initiative, Stand Up Paddle Cincinnati, at the Ohio River Paddlefest. Racers will be a part of the nation's largest paddling celebration, leading over 2,000 recreational paddlers down a closed course on the Ohio River, passing through downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Race entry includes all Ohio River Paddlefest perks, like free shuttles, and invitation to the Outdoors for All Expo on Friday, August 4. Paddlefest races are part of The Waterman Series and the Midwest Paddle League. All proceeds from Paddlefest, including the races, support Adventure Crew and their work with 27 schools and hundreds city teens, exposing them to regular outdoor recreation at no-cost to students. Paddlefest races will follow the classifications outlined below for paddlecraft with youth, mens, and womens divisions.
Circumnavigation- Tilghman Island
August 4, 2024 07:00

The Circumnavigation-Tilghman Island 2024

YEAR TWO!! Welcome and Welcome back if you paddled with us in 2023. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Island in 2024! This paddle event is open to…
August 17, 2024 07:00

Whiskey Island Paddlefest

2-mile, 6-mile, youth, or kids’ stand up paddleboard or kayak race during the 10th annual Whiskey Island Paddlefest

Recent Classifieds


2023 Starboard Sprint Zero 14’X23 w/bag & fin


SIC RS LV 14′ 21.5″


2023 Starboard Generation


2023 NSP Ninja Pro Carbon 14×22

Subscribe for Premium Content and Coaching

Join the Paddle Monster paid Plan Today!

Content and coaching for all levels. From paddle content, tips and community to full coaching, join Paddle Monster today!

Register for FREE to buy and sell classifieds, post events and receive the weekly newsletter.

Register Here