Teams of three per kayak, including two paddlers and a gunner. The gunner will be using a super soaker to slow down competitors on a 150-yard course around a buoy. Heats of three or four boats will compete in each qualifying heat, with the winning team advancing to the final. Kayaks, paddles, life jackets (PFD’s) and water soakers are provided. Dress to get wet!
Teams of two per stand up paddleboard, a paddler and a gunner. The gunner will be using a super soaker to slow down competitors on a 150-yard course around a buoy. Heats of three or four SUP boards will compete in each qualifying heat, with the winning team advancing to the final. SUP boards, paddles, life jackets (PFD’s) and water soakers are provided. Dress to get wet!
Fun paddle exploring Mission Bay with short and long courses available. All levels including beginners and never-evers are welcome. Bring your own kayak or stand up paddleboard. Not to worry if you don’t have one: Rentals are available from Aqua Adventures and will be waiting for you at the event if booked in advance.
Why Do We Paddle?
Paddle sports are a fun therapeutic activity that contributes to the healing process of many injured service members and veterans who must overcome life-altering injuries such as; Post-Traumatic Stress, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, sight impairment and other disabling wounds.
Wounded service members endure many months of surgeries, physical and readjustment therapy, prosthetic fittings, and other life changes. Against this backdrop, those who are able will welcome a chance to pick up a new challenge and get out of the daily routine of their treatments. Our service members are attracted to whitewater and adventure kayaking because it offers an exciting way to improve their health, strength, comradery and a connection with nature.
Focusing on a soldier’s strength turns disability into ability, turns dysfunction into freedom, dependence into independence and restores the quality of life.