Midwest SUP Festival 2013


It was one of those glorious days in Madison. At the Bishops Bay Country Club on Lake Mendota stand up paddling fans for across the country gathered to celebrate the 3rd annual Midwest SUP Festival. Part of the SUP America Tour and sponsored by local retailer Paddleboard Specialists the event drew a capacity crowd of water-walkers to compete in races of 6 and 2 miles as well as a short sprint contest.

Exhibitors included major board makers likes BIC, BlkBox, Tahoe SUP, Naish, Starboard and SurfTech. Top professional paddlers Larry Caine and Morgan Hoesterey offered their expert advance in tech clinics. And participants enjoyed specialized training classes in SUP yoga plus TRX for paddlers from local coach Kari Woodall of Woodall Training.

Here’s a series of slides to show you what you missed:

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