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Ready, Set, Paddle!

Lake Erie North Shore Standup Raising funds for Erie Coastal Stewardship EcoTrail

August 5, 2014

Lake Erie North Shore Standup is hosting its second annual paddleboard adventure in August to raise funds for Carolinian Canada’s Lake Erie Coastal Stewardship EcoTrail.  The event will take place on August 23 & 24 on Lake Erie in Niagara.  The race will take place on Saturday, if the weather cooperates, starting at Nickel Beach; registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Clinics, hikes and demos will be held on day Sunday.  Standup paddleboarding (SUP) combines the best of kayaking and surfing and is the world’s fastest growing sport. Paddlers are invited create fundraising profiles and goals. Consider sponsoring one of this year’s SUP’ers.

This year’s paddleboard adventure is part of a larger event series - Carolinian Canada’s 30/30 Vision Campaign. Participants are invited to drop by the Carolinian Canada booth at Crystal Beach park and learn more about the natural beauty of southern Ontario and the importance of Lake Erie’s coast. It’s also a great opportunity to pick up a passport to track event attendance in this exciting, nature-themed series. This year's event is generously sponsored by Ausmosis Board Craft, Boggio Family Pharmacies, Rip Rip Curl, VANS, Entomogen, Fort Erie Underwater Recovery Unit, and the Crystal Beach BIA.

Carolinian Canada has launched the 30/30 vision campaign, a year-long celebration of Carolinian Canada. The North Shore Standup event is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse aquatic and terrestrial habitats along Lake Erie’s north shore and support the development of a the 600+km Erie Coastal Stewardship EcoTrail spearheaded by Carolinian Canada with many partners.

The event is open to paddleboarders of any age or level including beginners who want to harness their inner surfer and learn to “walk on water”. Paddlers can try their skills at 5 km, 10 km or 20 km distances on race day and attend SUP clinics, guided nature hikes or beach restoration projects.  Prizes will be awarded to paddlers who raise funds for the EcoTrail. Rental boards are available.


Fore more information please contact:

Carolinian Canada Coalition:

Jen van Overbeeke, Outreach Assistant

519-433-7077 |  


Lake Erie North Shore Standup

Katherine Balpataky, Founder

519-222-1178 |


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