A USCG approved PFD is required to be worn by all racers during the competitions, inflatable and belt style PFD’s are allowed
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RESIDENCE INN by Marriott
Book your hotel for the races at the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival’s signature hotel, the Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers-Sanibel.
CALUSA CLASSIC, Nov 5.
Fastest Kayaker wins $500
Fastest Woman wins $500
Fastest OC-6 Mixed Team wins $500
It’s time for the world’s next great kayak race! The Sanibel Causeway near Ft. Myers Beach, Florida will host this 10-mile race that will be based on the Sound Rowers Classification rules. The three divisions of kayak craft are Sea Kayak (SK), Fast Sea Kayak (FSK) and High Performance Kayak (HPK) which includes surf skis and specific kayak models. Outrigger classes are OC-1, OC-2 and OC-6. Racers will be broken into 3 groups: Open (18-45), Masters (46-64), and Veterans (65+). Fees are $70 per racer or $200 per OC-6 team. Get yourself down to this beautiful area, enjoy the Festival, enjoy the sun and go for the gold.
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CALUSA DASH, Nov. 6
Fastest SUP in 12’6″ category wins $500
Standup Paddlers get ready! The Dash is a 4-mile course designed for SUP that also includes kayakers looking for a shorter course. No kayaks over 18 feet will be allowed to enter. Florida's premiere standup race is here. One of the world's premiere destinations is calling your name. Step up to the Dash and surf your way to victory under the warm Florida sun. Fees are $45 per racer. Sign up here
Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival Presented by Canoe & Kayak magazine
Now in it’s 6th year, the Festival celebrates the Great Calusa Blueway, a 190 mile paddling trail. Come and down and enjoy racing, movies, on water instruction, symposia, a kayak fishing tournament and social events that brings paddlers together in sunny Florida. Expand your paddling season and come enjoy crystal clear waters, amazing wildlife, awesome weather and white sand beaches while northerners pack it in for the year.