2012 Kalamalka Classic Standup Paddleboard Festival
Kalamalka Lake, BC –The organizers behind the 2012 Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival are stoked to announce the complete event schedule and list of sponsors for their 3rd annual Standup Paddleboard Festival. The fast-growing event is staged June 19-24 on the colourful waters of Kalamalka Lake and expected to attract more than 150 paddlers from across North America and serve up more than $4,000 in prize money and awards.
Staged on one of Canada’s most pristine and scenic lakes, The ‘Kal Classic’ serves up a mix of races and events for all ages in both recreational and competitive classes, including several just for kids. It’s a great chance to try out a race or two and test out some great new gear from the various sponsors. The recreational classes are open to everyone who wants to get their feet wet without any pressure for performance. And for those competitive types, they have the honour of competing for the title of King and Queen of Kalamalka – An exciting 3-event race format that promises to showcase the versitality of the sport. On Saturday evening, athletes, friends and family can enjoy a casual evening with dinner, slide show and music with Vernon’s own Andrew Allan – right across from the beach next to Kalavida’s original shop.
We’re excited to have support from within the industry with Co-Sponsorship support from Quiksilver, Naish and Starboard along with a host of vendors who will be active in the SUP Demo Zone throughout the weekend – If you’re interested in the sport, you can visit the Demo Zone and demo boards throughout the weekend. To compliment the industry group, we are proud to announce partnerships with VantageOne Credit Union and Nature’s Fare Markets who are both committed to developing strong and healthy communities. VantageOne is supporting the many volunteers who keep the event running smoothly and Nature’s Fare has teamed up with Kalavida to help promote the sport and healthy pursuits.
It’s a full blown festival with 6 days of events and activities for everyone. Festivities kick off on Tuesday, June 19th with a SUP with your PUP social which promises to be very entertaining. On Wednesday it’s Wahine night featuring Nikki Gregg , Thursday is Norm Hann’s Skills clinic and the Surf n’ SUP movie night at the Vernon Town Cinema, and then the highly anticipated SUP and SIP paddle to Bishops Wild Bird Sanctuary runs Friday evening..
Proceeds from the event go to support SPrKL – The Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake. Their efforts help preserve the health of Vernon’s drinking water and create awareness for the local environment – Keep Kal Lake Blue! Live updates will be available throughout the weekend on OKSUP.com, Paddlesurf.ca followed by post-event coverage in various magazines and internet sites.
See full details and register at www.kalamalkaclassic.com. See you on Beach!
About the Organizer
The folks at Kalavida Surf Shop are the primary organizers for the event and their commitment to promoting the sport through this event, and various others, have helped develop one of the strongest SUP communities in the country – right here in the Okanagan. As the event grows, so does their network of volunteers so make sure to recognize the many people who help put on Canada’s largest (and funnest) SUP festival. Paddle on!
About Lakeshore Paddleboard Company
Lakeshore Paddleboard Company, a Reno / Tahoe, Nevada based company, designs and manufactures stand-up paddleboards specifically for the flat-water touring market with a focus on stability, comfort, recreation and style. Our main goal is to offer a premium brand which truly represents a “lifestyle”; a lifestyle consisting of health, adventure, fun, and freedom.
5 responses to “2012 Kalamalka Classic Standup Paddleboard Festival”
Get ready Canada is growing fast with the SUP market!
This is a place is awesome. Kevin has brought back great customer service. My wife and I drove up from Oliver BC to take our first look at SUP boards and Kevin opened up his business for us and even let me test ride a board . Kevin was very helpful and we never felt pressured at all. What a great experience.
We are waiting for a few boards to come in so we can get the best board both of us. If you ever in BC stop by Kalavida Surf Shop
Good to hear the positive vibe from BC, Kevin is a class act and a great Ambassador for the sport of SUP. I can’t wait when we are able to come visit…
I went to this event and it was so much fun! I didn’t win any of the prizes or competitions but it was still fun. I only went with one other person this year but next year I’m going to go back with the whole family. Also, I’m going to get everyone to join the Kal Classic!
Thank you, we love the feedback!