Congratulations to Jim Dandy and Gidget for their 1st place finishes in the Buffalo paddle-fest on Saturday. This event was held at Woodlawn beach at the Buffalo end of Lake Erie. Windmills to the right and the rocky shoreline to the left made for a very scenic setting.
Windy conditions forced course changes and had many competitors doubting whether or not to even race. (Jim Dandy was surfing the break to get loose while waiting for the pre race meeting)
The shore break created some carnage as many paddlers had to deal with the swell created by a good south breeze.
Jim easily finished the 1 mile race with a time just over 20 minutes.
( he was entered in the 3mile race but there was much confusion due the course changes, but hey a win is a win!) He even surfed to the finish line.
Gidget entered the 6 mile event, 3 miles into a strong head wind and 3 miles back for a time of just under 1 hr. 10min. 3 minutes faster than the runner up.
The post race festivities included food, drink and many sup’s to try out.
Jim rode a couple of whaleback boards and an Uli inflatable or two, the inflatables were un -remarkable and the whalebacks looked better than they performed.
After the event Gidget was asked by a few of the other women competitors if she fell, or if she stayed on her feet the whole race, due to the difficult conditions. Some one even commented after the surf session that Gidget was a rock star paddler, to which she answered, “No, I am a Reef Warrior”
Welcome to the 3rd Annual Buffalo Paddle Festival Buffalo’s largest paddle sports race! The Buffalo Paddle Festival takes place on August 19 – 20, 2016 at beautiful Woodlawn Beach State Park in Hamburg, NY. The Buffalo Paddle Festival is a 2-day community expo celebrating Health and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, and promoting Environmental Stewardship all while showcasing the unique Waterscapes of Buffalo NY and its surrounding area.
This year we have partnered with Woodlawn Beach State Park to introduce visitors to one of Buffalo’s nearby waterfront treasures. Join us Friday August 19, 2016 for Beach Camping at Woodlawn Beach State Park and enjoy a fun night in prep for a full day of paddle activities! Race Day, Saturday August 20, 2016, will include SUP and Kayak Demos, a variety of Fitness Classes, a Pig Roast and Craft Brew After Party, finishing with Live Bands and a Bonfire on the Beach! Proceeds from the event will benefit Kids Escaping Drugs and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper!
The 1st annual Buffalo Paddle Festival will be held at Gallagher Beach on July 12, 2014 there will be canoe, kayak, and stand up paddleboard demos, lessons, a sup yoga class, competitive and fun races.
Proceeds from the event will help WNY Adaptive Water Sportsa great cause which helps individals with special needs enjoy the watersports we take for granted.