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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 (7km), 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 12 km).  In the event that high winds deem this course too challenging, we will alter the course to a downwind course from Delphi Point to Collingwood Harbour and the same start/finish line with W or NW winds. If we encounter E or SE winds we may elect to run our race from Wasaga Beach to Collingwood Harbour.

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.  Cash prizes will be up for grabs for the Sprint races.  Payout will be $150 for the winner, $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd in both women’s and men’s.

Schedule of Events


9:00 – 11:00 On-site Registration and Check-in

11:00 Race Meeting – Technical

11:30 Technical Race(s)

12;45 Kids Race (FREE) <1km

13:00  LUNCH – Included with Pre-registration and supplied by Freshi

13:30 Sprint Race Meeting

13:45 Sprint Races – $10 Entry Fee 

14:45-15:30 Blu Whale Team Races

17:30 – 19:30 Racers Reception

After a full and fun day of racing we welcome all racers, friends and family to gather at Side Launch Brewery for an informal get together to mingle and socialize.  All registered racers will receive a beer ticket for the reception for their first pint of Side Launch beer, courtesy of BLU WAVE SUP.  Awards for the days activities will be announced at the reception.  We are organizing to have a food truck parked at the brewery so food will be available to purchase, as the brewery does not have a kitchen.  Brewery Address: 200 Mountain Rd Unit 1, Collingwood, ON L9Y 4V5.  Racers are encouraged to make dinner plans for after the reception.


Distance Race (12-15km depending on course/wind direction):

Board Drop Off 7:30-9:00

9:30 Race Meeting – Distance

10:00 Distance Race Start

12:30 Awards

13:00 Lunch – Northwinds Brewhouse and Kitchen (0ptional – we cannot guarantee space but have had the restaurant set aside space for up to 20 people – 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.

IMPORTANT!:  For added convenience for our racers, we have arranged overnight security at the start/finish line.  Blu Wave and Starboard tents will remain up overnight, and we have arranged for racers to have the option to leave their boards overnight on Saturday.  Note that the Ontario SUP Series accepts no liability for gear left overnight, but we assure all racers that security will be on-site from 6pm on Sat to 7:00 am Sunday. Please have boards in board bag with fin(s) removed for overnight storage.



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


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