PADDLE OUT POVERTY

Event Schedule

9:00am                              On-Site Registration at Lighthouse Point Park

9:00am                              Paddleboard & Kayak Rentals – $20/hour

9:30am                              Briefing for all Events

9:30am-12:30pm             Advanced & Beginning Paddleboard Lessons

9:45am                            45-Minute Motorized & Paddling Eco-Tours

10:00am                            4 ½-Mile Races

10:15am                            1-Mile RELAY Races

10:30am-12:30pm           Hot Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches Served – $5

11:00am                            45-Minute Motorized & Paddling Eco-Tours

11:15am                             2 ½-Mile Races

11:30am                             1-Mile Fun Paddle to Disappearing Island!

12:30pm                            Awards Ceremony

Event Details

These races and recreational events will all be on the Intracoastal Waterway, NOT the Ocean.

4 1/2 Mile Kayak & Paddleboard Races
Navigate the winds and tides one stroke faster than the athlete next to you as you start POP with a bang. You’ll circumnavigate Rattlesnake Island, following the bouys back to the Start/Finish line in POP’s toughest challenge. Go for the glory!

1 Mile Fun Paddle to Disappearing Island!
Enjoy complimentary brownies, drinks, and games on gorgeous Disappearing Island before your leisurely paddle back to claim your medal! This is perfect for new paddlers or veterans looking to relax and soak in the scenery.

45 Minute Eco-Tours
We have a paddling eco-tour and a motorized eco-tour for you to choose from. Whether you’re powering your own vessel or relaxing on a pontoon boat, experts on the tidal estuary will teach you about the inlet’s amazing flora and fauna as you see it first-hand!

2 1/2 Mile Kayak & Paddleboard Races
This race around Disappearing Island has the added challenge of a very shallow section which may require improvisation! There will be male and female winners in five classes for both kayakers and paddleboarders. All finishers receive a custom POP medal.

Paddleboarding Lessons
Receive either advanced or beginning paddleboarding lessons from a professional instructor. These half hour sessions will be tailored to your needs, level of expertise, and particular paddleboard. They can be focused on recreational or racing techniques.

1-Mile Relay Races (NEW FOR 2017!)
The crowd will be all over this race since it goes around the small peninsula which hosts POP. The sprinters will paddle around the peninsula, then run the last fifty yards to the finish line. This race can be done by 2 or 4 paddlers and is free this first year. It's gonna rock!

Important Information

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017 – rain or shine.

Venue: Lighthouse Point Park: 5000 S Atlantic Ave, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127.

Entry Fee: $30 per event, $10 per vehicle park entry fee (free if walking or biking)

Equipment Rentals: Paddlers can rent kayaks and paddle boards from us for $20/hour on event day, including paddle and life vest.

Water Conditions: While more placid than the ocean, winds and currents do affect the Intracoastal Waterway.

Lunch: Hot Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches for $5!

Drinks: Cold Gatorade, water, lemonade and sweet tea will be available all day.

Rules:

  • All paddlers must have a personal flotation device on board their vessel.
  • Minimum age is 10, with children under 18 accompanied by an adult.
  • Beware of sharp underwater oyster bars and mangrove stumps.
  • Keep a wary eye for motorboat traffic.
  • Stay 20 yards away from the jetty.
  • Assist fellow paddlers in need and call our EMT and 911 as needed.

Course Map

Preview the route:

The Cause

You are empowering entrepreneurs in Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Florida to create jobs for the unemployed. Through business mentoring and training, Creating Jobs helps businesses grow and better serve their communities. Unlike so much short-sighted charity, we are building capacity that brings about long-term poverty alleviation. Your investment will restore dignity and help families lift themselves out of poverty.

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Want To Sponsor Paddle Out Poverty?

Our event sponsors (proudly listed below) are contributing to a great cause and connecting with potential customers who share their passion for the mission of Creating Jobs. Given our focus on supporting entrepreneurs, it's a natural fit for local businesses to sponsor Paddle Out Poverty!

Interested to learn more? Download our 2017 Corporate Sponsorship Packages PDF (linked here) to consider your level of involvement.

Event Sponsors