Paddleboard racing is finally catching steam on the East Coast, and today Sunjammers Watersports hosted their first of a series of five races throughout the summer. The first race is a mile long, and a mile will be added in each progression race throughout the summer, concluding with a five mile race in August.
Guys and ladies of experienced to brand new paddleboarders hit the Bay for the first race, and organizer Scott Elder says he grew up in California, and got into paddleboarding because the surf in the Gulf is non-existent.
"Paddleboarding was the best way to get on the board and I've seen people fishing off paddleboards and getting into the race scene was something that was exciting to do," he said. "More and more people are doing it for recreation, fitness and then finding out that there is a competitive edge to it in the racing category and that's what we like to offer, for the recreational person to come in an enter an event."
The race wasn't only for the paddlers, as a portion of the proceeds goes to Kritter, Inc., an animal sanctuary. Race number two is June 1st, and it's a two mile paddle race.