Welcome to the Midwest Standup Paddle Festival 2012! Join us this year for:
This weekend-long event is unique to the Midwest and is a sure bet for fun. Whether you're a rec racer, a seasoned pro, or a SUP newcomer, there will be something for you!
The Festival site location at Bishops Bay Country Club (which is open to the public for this event) is located on beautiful Lake Mendota and has stunning views of the Wisconsin State Capitol building.
Plan your weekend around the Festival: we have events Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday!
• A portion of net profit from the Festival will be donated to the UW Health American Family Children's Hospital and the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison,Wisconsin.
• Learn to paddleboard, improve your skills, have fun!
• Test 2012 gear from Starboard, Surftech, Hobie, Tahoe SUP, Amundson, Naish, NSP, Bic, Werner, Quickblade & more
• Manufacturers reps will be on hand from major SUP brands and industry leading designers including Ernie Brassard from Tahoe SUP, Jim Terrell from Quickblade Paddles, Danny Mongno from Werner Paddles, Dan Gavere from Starboard and more.
• 6-mile, WPA-sanctioned race at 8:30 a.m. & 2-mile recreational race at 10:00 a.m.
• Raffle of SUP gear, prizes for top race winners, goody bags for all!
**PLEASE NOTE AND READ CAREFULLY: There will be no refunds given due to inclement weather. Parking at Bishops Bay Country Club is at a minimum. Please arrive early for the best parking selection. If you're racing, you can drop off your board at the dock with one of our volunteers and then return to park your vehicle. Please observe any "Do Not Park Here" signs. Thank you for your cooperation.
RACE REGISTRATION ENDS AT 6 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 13TH. ON-SITE REGISTRATION FOR ALL OTHER ASPECTS OF THE MIDWEST STANDUP PADDLE FESTIVAL 2012 IS AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE EVENT, JULY 14TH, BEGINNING AT 7:00A.M. AND ENDING AT 8:00A.M.
***RACE PACKET PICK-UP--PLEASE READ (NEW!): Packets will be available for pick up on SATURDAY, JULY 14TH ONLY. We are streamlining the check-in process and assigning bib numbers the day-of our event. Please arrive at Bishops Bay Country Club as close to 7:00 a.m. as possible to help facilitate the check-in process. Registration runs from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.
Skipper's meeting will be shortly after 8:00 a.m. The Elite race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the Open at 8:35 a.m.
If you are racing in the 2-mile REC RACE, you may register AFTER all the 6-mile registrants have been checked-in. Thank you for your patience.
****Interested in Renting a Board? Call us at Paddleboard Specialists! Board rental is available for the Open Class and rec races and for Specialty Clinics. Our number is 1-877-473-1199. We have limited quantities, but you can rent one of our displacement-hull boards for racing at $25 per board. We also have a selection of boards for your use for Friday's Specialty Clinics for $25 per board. We have a very limited quantity of inflatable boards for Sunday's whitewater clinic. Please inquire.
*****Need to Store Your Board on Friday Night? You can store your board at Paddleboard Specialists beginning on Friday, July 13 at 4:00 p.m. Bring your board to 5495 Catfish Court, Westport, WI 53597. Drop your board off between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and you can pick it up in the morning at 7 a.m. Call 1.877.473.1199 if you have any questions.
FRIDAY, July 13th PRE-EVENT SCHEDULE
Location: Bishops Bay Country Club
3500 Bishops Bay Drive, Middleton, WI 53562; (608) 232-4201
5:00 p.m.: SPECIALTY CLINIC (cost: $75; includes Welcome Dinner; for board rental, please inquire at email@example.com)
Fine Tuning Your Stroke for Maximum Performance with Jim Terrell of Quickblade Paddles--SOLD OUT!
A stellar opportunity to hone skills with SUP pro, 4-time Olympian and Mad Scientist of Quickblade paddles Jim Terrell. Get up close and personal with Jim as he details the fine tuning of stroke efficiency. Through on-land demos and then on-water observation/evaluation, you'll get individualized feedback to improve your skills substantially. (This ticket is for Friday only. Dinner IS included with this purchase. Does not include "base ticket" for Festival.) Location: Bishops Bay Country Club
7:00 p.m.: Dinner Reception at Bishops Bay Country Club
SATURDAY, July 14th FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Location: Bishops Bay Country Club
3500 Bishops Bay Drive, Middleton, WI 53562; (608) 232-4201
7:00 a.m.: All Registration Opens
8:00 a.m.: Race Registration Ends; **Rec Racers for the 10:00 a.m. race may register after all 6-mile racers have checked-in.
8:30 a.m.: 6-mile Race (Elite Start)
8:35 a.m.: 6-mile Race (Open Start)
10:00 a.m.: 2-mile Recreational Race
10:45 a.m.: Learn to SUP Clinic
Hosted by Trey Knight of the American Canoe Association (a member-based, national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public). Trey is an ACA-certified Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor; Level 3 River SUP Instructor and Adaptive Paddling Instructor. When not at work Trey is most often found on a SUP in a river, ocean wave or getting in a glide on flatwater.
11:00 a.m.: Learn to SUP Clinic
Hosted by Tim Truman of Boardworks/Futures Fins/Ohana/M&M. Tim is a SUP rep with a passion for all things outdoors and is a Level II WPA paddleboard instructor. He has 27 years experience as a Class V whitewater guide in Colorado and West Virginia, and holds claim to having finished the La Ruta Maya--a 175-mile canoe race held in Belize. Tim's passion for SUP and teaching is infectious!
11:00 a.m.: Gear Demos Begin (end at 2:30 p.m.)
11:00 a.m.: Beyond the Basics: Developing Paddle Dexterity with Jimmy Blakeney of BIC
In this clinic, ACA SUP instructor trainer and former U.S. National Champion whitewater kayaker Jimmy Blakeney will help you improve and refine some of themore nuanced paddle skills related to SUP. From the forward stroke to draws and bracing, this clinic will help take your paddle dexterity to new levels. (Best for novice to advanced paddlers versus first-timers.)
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: On-site Catered Lunch (included in event fee; kids $10 extra)
12:00 p.m.: Race Awards Presentation: trophies & awards from Maui Jim, H2O Audio and more!
12:30 p.m.: Learn to SUP Clinic
Hosted by Erik Thompson of Amundson Paddleboards, Ed Gerbino from NSP and Mark Robinson from Bic Sport. Between these three reps 100's of people have had a great time learning SUP. These guys live and breathe SUP and will take you from your first tentative strokes to comfort and ease in this lesson.
12:45p.m.: Understanding the Body Mechanics of SUP with Mona Melms of Studio Melt
Hosted by Mona Melms RN MS PT, co-owner/founding director of Melt, llc & SUP enthusiast. Dedicating five minutes to your own movement machinery before and after your day of paddling will provide you with noticeable benefits in your paddling performance. Mona will demonstrate how a SUP warm-up routine activates the nerves and muscles involved in paddling and prepares them to go to work as a well-functioning team of body parts. A post-SUP routine aims at balancing the effects of repetitive paddling movement to maximize peak performance.
1:00 p.m.: Learn to SUP Clinic
Hosted by Trey Knight of the American Canoe Association (a member-based, national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public). Trey is an ACA-certified Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor; Level 3 River SUP Instructor and Adaptive Paddling Instructor. When not at work Trey is most often found on a SUP in a river, ocean wave or just getting in a glide on some flatwater.
1:15 p.m.: Selecting the Perfect Paddle Clinic with Danny Mongno
Calm water, wild water…cruising or racing, the sure fire way to guarantee more fun while paddling is to use less energy. To get started on this quest, you need the proper fitting SUP paddle and need to perform your strokes more efficiently. Join Werner Paddle's Danny Mongno as he helps you on this path. Starting with the paddle, he will assess your needs and assure your blade shapes matches your paddling style and you have the perfect fit options and length. From there let's quickly dissect the forward stroke and see how we can get the most out of it. Attendees should walk away with confidence in their paddle selection and exercises to work on at home.
1:30 p.m.: TRX Rip Trainer with Kari Woodall of Woodall Training
TRX Rip Training utilizes a lever bar and resistance cord to provide a unique mix of core stability, mobility and coordination challenges. Perfect for anyone from fitness enthusiasts to elite athletes, the Rip Trainer enhances fluidity and range of motion and decreases the risk of injury. Join Kari Woodall—whose athletic and coaching experience include five U.S. National Swimming Team selections and eleven years as an NCAA Division I Swimming Coach—for a Rip workout that combines high-speed striking movements and slower speed strength and stability exercises. Since retiring from NCAA coaching, Kari launched Woodall Training, LLC. She focuses on athletic-based personal training in and out of the water.
2:00 p.m.: The Elite Paddle Stroke Clinic with Danny Mongno and Jim Terrell
Join a committee of some of our Elite racers as they break down the Forward Stroke and help you get more out of your fitness paddles and race results. Each racer/instructor will take a single segment of the stroke and help you understand it both mentally and physically in this interactive on land seminar. Bring an open mind and get ready to have some fun.
2:30pm.: Gear Demos End
2:30 p.m.: SUP Yoga Clinic with Suki Warda of Harbor Athletic & Dragonfly Yoga
What's Downward Dog like on a paddleboard? Try it with our Intro to SUP Yoga! Find out why yoga on a paddleboard is becoming so popular, and learn the benefits of challenging your core while stabilizing yourself on a SUP. Suki Warda, 200RYT, Pilates instructor and SUP lover, will lead you through a basic yet challenging series of poses while introducing breathing and balancing techniques.
2:30pm.: SUP Q&A with Jim Terrell owner of Quickblade Paddles, Danny Mongno from Werner Paddles, Gary Stone, owner of Paddleboard Specialists and Dan Gavere from Starboard Paddleboards. This 30-minute session is an open session to ask any questions you have.
3:00 p.m.: Sponsor Prize/Raffle Presentation
3:30 p.m.: Event Close
SUNDAY, July 15th FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
9:00 a.m.: SPECIALTY CLINIC (cost: $100; does not include entrance to festival; for board rental, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Whitewater SUP Clinic with Dan Gavere at Prairie Du Sac Dam
This will be a special introductory to moving water and Class 1-3 whitewater with world-class SUP and kayaker Dan Gavere--known as one of the World's first and most talented whitewater SUP paddlers. Dan will cover: equipment, safety, stroke techniques and concepts form whitewater SUP paddling, paddling techniques used in rivers and moving currents, stance techniques, river running techniques, stationary wave surfing techniques, basic eddy turn technique, and bracing and whitewater specific stroke techniques.
Our block rate reservation has expired, but we recommend these options for accommodations during the Festival:
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
9 East Wilson St.
Madison, WI 53703
(Closest to Event site)
2266 Deming Way
Middleton, WI 53562
A few NEW changes: Our Specialty Clinics are almost sold out--sign up now!
Also, be sure to register for the pre-race Welcome Dinner by Tuesday, July 11th for guaranteed seating. Cost: $15. The time has changed to 7:00 p.m.
If you are planning on bringing your kids to the Midwest Fest, and you would like them to partake in our catered lunch, it is $10. (The event is FREE for kids 15 and under, but there is an extra fee for kids' lunch.)
Our original Specialty Clinic lineup included Nikki Gregg, who is no longer able to join us this year. Our apologies for any inconvenience. To view a current lineup of our Festival clinics and activities, be sure to visit our main Event Brite listing for the Midwest Standup Paddle Festival!
WE ARE SORRY, BUT THE JIM TERRELL SPECIALTY CLINIC ON FRIDAY, JULY 13TH IS SOLD OUT!
THERE ARE STILL A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR DAN GAVERE'S SUNDAY WHITEWATER SUP CLINIC.
Yes! The Jim Terrell Specialty Clinic is SOLD OUT! But, rest assured, if you already signed up for the clinic and received confirmation from Event Brite, you are indeed registered. Thank you!
A few of you have asked, so we're responding...ALL SUP lessons at the Midwest Standup Paddle Fest (including SUP yoga) include boards on which to participate. This is part of your entrance fee.
The only board rentals we are offering are for any of the Races (if you do not own a board, rent one of ours and try a race!) OR if you need a board for the Friday Night Specialty Clinic or Sunday Specialty Clinic. Please call Paddleboard Specialists at 877.473.1199 if you need to rent a board for racing or specialty clinics (fee extra).
ATTENTION RACERS! We have changed our Race Packet procedure! Race Packet Pick-Up and check-in will only be ON-SITE at the Bishops Bay Country Club in Middleton, WI (our event site) the MORNING of the event, beginning at 7 a.m.
Please arrive early to help facilitate the check-in process. Your race packet materials and BIB number will be assigned Saturday morning.
If you are interested in renting a RACE BOARD for Saturday, or a board to be used for the Friday Night or Sunday Morning Speciality Clinics, please call Gary at 877.473.1199.
If you are storing your board at Paddleboard Specialists overnight, please drop-off your board between 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13th. You will be able to pick your board up in the morning on Saturday at Paddbleboard Specialists between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
The address for Paddleboard Specialists is 5495 Catfish Court, Westport, WI, 53597
The address for Bishops Bay Country Club is 3500 Bishops Bay Drive, Middleton, WI 53562
Paddleboard Specialists is approximately 5 miles from the Festival event site.
CHECK BACK FOR RACE COURSE RULES AND UPDATES!
For those of you attending our Friday Night Welcome Dinner on July 13--you are in for a special, last-minute treat! We will be screening Tahoe SUP's "KLAMATH river" film, part of their E X P L O R E project. Thanks to Tahoe for sponsoring this exclusive event.
Find out more here: http://www.tahoesup.com/explore_project/kalamath-river/
Here's the movie lead-in:
"Winding through the temperate rain forests of Northern California and the coastal Redwoods, the Lower Klamath River offers a passageway to an ancient ecosystem. A place where the harmony of nature is on full display at every turn and the importance and meaning of the water can be seen in the eyes of the Native Americans who have lived there for over 7000 years.