Professional and recreational Standup Paddleboard athletes from around the region and the world will take to the waters of the Columbia River for the SUP Salmon Classic Paddleboard Race, Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Captain William Clark Park, Cottonwood Beach, in Washougal.
The races, sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA), will begin at 9 a.m. and include a 8-mile Long Course for professional level racers, a 4-mile Short Course for recreational boarders and a 2-mile youth and novice course just for fun. The races are gender equal and will include $2000 for both the winning man and woman competitors. Awards will be given to the top three winners in each class.
The competition will coincide with the fall Chinook salmon run, where upwards to 40,000 salmon daily will be making their way up river, deep below the water’s surface. The Salmon Classic is embracing the traditions and cultural importance of local salmon and will have a pre-race blessing and entertainment provided by the Chinook Indian Nation.
Registration is open online through August 29 is $75 for Long Course racers and $50 for Short Course Racers at www.supsalmonclassic.com
. Those wishing to register on the day-of-race need to be there between 7 and 8:30 a.m. The same day fee is $85 for Long Course and $60 for Short Course Racers. Kids are $15.