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Side Launch SUP Challenge hosted by Blu Wave SUP

August 11 @ 10:00 am - August 12 @ 2:00 pm

Blu Wave SUP

The Ontario SUP Series returns to Collingwood as part of their Side Launch Days Weekend of fun filled events. For a full list of activities please go to

New for 2018 we are expanding this stop in the series to a two day, multi race event, with Technical Race and Sprints on Saturday and a Distance Race on Sunday!

The Technical races have different distances according to the racer classification (Elite (8km), Open (5km), Novice (2km) and Youth (1km). For a full list of races and classifications please refer to:

The Sprint races have the same format as the ISA World Championships, that is, 4 racers compete head to head over a 200 M straightline course with the top 2 advancing to the next round. This is a very exciting format and the racers are looking forward to this event.

During the day there will be free demo boards by Blu Wave and Starboard.

After the Sprint races, racers will make up teams of 5 to race head to head on the Blu Whale. It’s a knock out format where only one team will be crowned champion.

On Sunday morning the Distance race will be held from the same start line as the Technical Race on Saturday, with the course being a beautiful scenic paddle out into Georgian Bay to Nottawasaga Island and back (approximately 13 km).  In the event that high winds deem this course too challenging, we will alter the course to a downwind course from Craigleith (Northwinds Beach) to Collingwood Harbour and the same start/finish line.

Please note that points awarded for the overall series championships will be based on overall standings for the weekend, meaning to score points, racers will need to compete in both the Technical and Distance Race.    Sprint results will not be included in overall for the weekend, and will not be included in the overall series points standings.

There will be a fundraising Paddlethon for the Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society on Sunday August 12th. Their goal is to raise awareness of the need to repair and restore this historic piece of Collingwood’s History. The fun 4km paddle will start in Princeton Shores. For more details and to register please go to the NLPS web site.

Schedule of Events


10:00 – 11:30 SUP DEMO

11:30 Race Meeting – Distance

12:00 Technical Race(s)

13:30 Sprint Race Meeting

14:00 Sprint Races

14:45-15:30 Blu Whale Team Races

17:00 – 19:00 Awards and Drinks at Venue TBD


Distance Race:

Board Drop Off 7:30-9:00

9:15 Race Meeting – Distance

9:30 Distance Race Start

11:30 Awards

12:00 Lunch – Local Venue TBD (not included in registration)

NOTE:  In the event that we have high winds, we will alter the Distance course to a downwind race from Craigleith back to Collingwood Harbour in the event of W or NW winds, or possibly Wasaga Beach to Collingwood with East winds.

Paddle For the Lighthouse:

Paddle 9:00-11:00

Paddle for the lighthouse is a fun paddle board ride where participants paddle in support of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society. There are two locations available to start your trip from:

Princeton Shores (Beginner-Novice skill level) (4KM)

Collingwood Harbour Promenade (Advanced-Expert skill level) (10KM) Weather permitting otherwise alternate site will be Princeton Shores

From your beginning location, you will paddle to the Nottawasaga lighthouse and back! You can paddle using SUPs, kayaks, canoes, or whatever else you can think of!



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August 11 @ 10:00 am
August 12 @ 2:00 pm


Collingwood Harbour
Collingwood, ON L9Y 3E5 Canada + Google Map