Surf Swap, paddleboard races, Sun.

Surf Swap, paddleboard races, Sun.

(May 30, 2014) Fager’s Island is teaming up with OC SUP and Fitness and the Maryland Coastal Bays Program to host its fourth annual Surf Swap and Paddle Board event this Sunday, June 1.

Participants take to the water for the third annual Surf Swap and Paddle Board event at Fager’s Island last year. The 2014 races launch this Sunday, June 1, at the all-day, family-friendly event on 60th Street and the bay. (Photo courtesy of OC SUP & Fitness)

The family-friendly event runs all day with paddleboard races for all ages and skill levels, including a kids’ relay. There will be discounted surf shop items for sale, a surf swap for used surf and SUP boards, surfboard demonstrations, artists, children’s games and activities, food, drinks and live entertainment, all taking place at Fager’s Island on 60th Street starting at 10 a.m.

“This event offers something for everyone,” said Sandi Smith, Coastal Bays’ development and marketing coordinator.

Race day starts at 8:30 a.m., when participants pick up their packets and register for the paddleboard races with prizes. There will be a 2.5-mile recreational race and a 5-mile elite race. Officials will determine the course on race day based on wind conditions.

Pre-registration for the race is open until 5 p.m. today, May 30, at www.paddleguru.com/races/SurfSwapChallenge. Same-day registration will be offered at Fager’s on Sunday for a higher price.

Racers will attend a pre-race meeting at 9:45 a.m. and launch at 10 a.m.

In addition to the 2.5- and 5-mile events, there will be a children’s SUP race and relays pitting teams of two against each other on paddleboards.

Participants can register their children for the Kids SUP Race or sign up for the Two Teams of 2 Fun relay SUP race from 11-11:45 a.m. Space is limited for the children’s race, which starts at noon and costs $10 per participant.

The 2 Fun SUP Race starts at 1 p.m. For $30, participants will be provided with a board, commemorative T-shirt, a sandwich and a soda or beer, plus a chance to win prizes.

At 2 p.m. Colossal Fossil Band will play, with awards and prizes to follow. There will also be raffles for a new SUP, a Solace Paddle and a beach cruiser bike at the event.

Those interested in sharpening their paddle boarding skills can join sponsored paddler Ron Gossard at Fager’s on Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m. for an SUP video analysis and clinic on starts and turns for $25.

All proceeds from Sunday’s races go to Maryland Coastal Bays, a non-profit working to protect the five coastal bays behind Ocean City and Assateague Island.

Check out the event on Facebook under Fager’s Island Surf Swap and Paddle Board Race or at www. fagers.com/events/surf-swap.cfm.

For more information call Smith at 410-213-2297, extension 107 or email sandis@mdcoastalbays.org.

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