If you live in an apartment in Mooresville, NC you may own a stand-up paddle boat because of the proximity to Lake Norman. Well this weekend, stand-up paddle boarders from across the region are expected at the inaugural Stand Up for the Catawba races on Lake Norman.
The races and associated events are scheduled for May 9-10, and the Port City Club on Harborside Road will be serving as the event headquarters.
My Aloha Paddle and Surf, which has locations in Mooresville and Cornelius, is the host, with proceeds from the event going to the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and the Charlotte chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
“After three years of promoting paddleboarding and introducing so many of our residents to the sport, it’s so exciting to host a WPA race here on Lake Norman,” event director Rob Bennett, the owner of My Aloha Paddle and Surf, said in a release.
The stand-up paddleboard races are being sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, with the pre-race meeting for all competitors at 8 a.m. May 10. Races will be held in the WPA’s elite and recreational divisions.
A kick-off party will be held 6-9 p.m. May 9 at the Port City Club, with proceeds going to the Surfrider Foundation. After the May 10 races, an awards ceremony will be held, followed by a luau featuring the Island Hula Girls.