September Racing Heats Up

With the warm season coming to a close, the racing is beginning to heat up. September looks to be one of the busiest months on the calendar, with races going off all over the region. After a long year of redlining, competitors are hitting their top form and punching out fast paces, making for some lively match-ups. 

Current World Surfski Series Leader Michele Eray leading the L2L.   ---Photo Vadim Lishchuk

The big event on the right coast will be Lighthouse to Lighthouse, which is marked as the East Coast Championships. Back after a hiatus last year, L2L has enjoyed burgeoning attendance and looks to be one of the biggest races of 2016.  Seven and fourteen-mile options are available for the open water course.  

Further south, The Chucktown Showdown will be lighting up beautiful Charleston harbor.  The Chucktown is rooted as a SUP race, but is seeing growing numbers of surfski attendance and this year looks to be continuing the trend.  The following day ski paddlers will be heading out to open waters for an unofficial bare-knuckled downwind race.  

In the Gulf region, the family friendly Gator Bait race will occur on the shores of Lake Pelahatchie outside of Brandon, Mississippi. The short 5.5 mile course enjoys good turnout and always follows with a good post-race barbecue. 

Further North, the Louisville Riverthon returns with 7, 22 and 50 mile downriver options.

And in the Northwest, the Budd Inlet race will keep things moving for the fast lot in the area. 

This weekend's action will include the Great Peconic Race in New York, The Ocean Warrior Challenge in Jupiter, Florida and the Bainbridge Island Marathon, in Washington.

The Maraamu Ocean Race will return this Saturday as the next stop on the World Surfski Series after hosting the ICF World Championships last year.