SAN CLEMENTE, CA (June 24, 2011)Canoe & Kayak magazine recently announced the formation of new paddling races that will take place in Southwest Florida during the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival. Kayakers, outrigger and standup paddlers are encouraged to participate in the event on the Sanibel Causeway near Ft. Myers Beach.

Surf skiers, kayakers, standup paddlers and outrigger canoes
will compete in Southwest Florida Nov 5 and 6.

The ‘Calusa Classic’ will be a10-mile race that will use the Sound Rowers classification for all paddle craft. The race will have categories of Sea Kayaks, Fast Sea Kayaks and Surf Skis. Outriggers will also have winners in the OC-6, OC-2 and OC-1 divisions. Racers will be broken into 2 groups: Open (18-45) and Masters Division (46+).

The following day there will be a 4-mile race for standup paddlers. The ‘Calusa Dash’ was created as a standup competition that could include kayakers looking for a shorter course. Kayaks over 18 feet will not be allowed entrance.

“1,500 paddlers already travel from all over North America to attend the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival. We found this to be the perfect spectator location to bring in some of the world’s fastest racers,” said Canoe & Kayak Publisher Jim Marsh.

Brian Houston, a kayak instructor, rep, naturalist and SW Florida resident, will serve as Race Director. He’s been a mainstay in the Florida kayak scene for over 20 years and was the race founder and director for the nine years of the old “Captiva Kayak Classic” race. “Getting Brian involved was the key to putting together the race”, said Marsh. “He’s got the connections, the know-how and the attitude to turn this into one of the world’s great kayak races. And that’s our goal.”

Houston said “I’m excited to work with Canoe & Kayak magazine and Lee County Parks and Recreation in creating a new race; the Calusa Classic and Calusa Dash will be a celebration of paddle sport and will include not only kayaks and surf skis but outrigger canoes and SUP’s.”

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