Youth Stand Up Paddle Day set for May 18 in Rehoboth

County paddleboard team now forming

Paddleboard adventure company Delmarva Board Sports will kick off the 2014 paddleboarding season by announcing a new national event called Youth Stand Up Paddle Days, the weekend of May 16-19.

During the event organized by SUPIA, the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association, paddleboard organizations all around the country and in Canada will be holding local events to introduce kids (and their families) to stand-up paddleboarding.

On Delmarva, the inaugural Youth Stand Up Paddle Day will be held on Sunday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Rehoboth Beach at Tower Road’s bayside beach on Route 1 south, with a rain date of Monday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kids 8 or older can come out and try paddleboarding for $5. Parents can take advantage of reduced rates for self-serve paddleboard rentals. To participate, kids must know how to swim, they must wear a life vest and they must have a parent or adult guardian present to sign a waiver. To register a child, call (302) 260-9008 by Friday, May 16.

During the Youth Stand Up Paddle Day event, kids can learn about and sign up for a new paddleboarding team that will be offered during the month of June, called the Sussex County Paddle Board Team, sponsored by Delmarva Board Sports.

Bi-weekly paddle board practices held during the month of June in Rehoboth and Fenwick Island will prepare kids for their first fun race, on June 28 at Paddle Second Chance (www.paddlesecondchance.com) at Holt’s Landing State Park. Each practice session costs $5 and includes coaches, gear and instruction. To register for the kids’ race division, the cost is $20, which includes food, beverage, entertainment and a T-shirt. Registration for adults will also be available.

Sussex County Paddle Board Team is a short commitment and super affordable for families with multiple kids, said Janis Markopoulos, owner of Delmarva Board Sports. “Our goal is to introduce the sport of paddleboarding to everyone, including kids, as a healthy and fun way to enjoy family time together along the beautiful waterways of Sussex County.

“Each practice is about one hour long and will cost only $5 per child. Paddleboards, safety equipment, trained coaches and certified SUP instructors will be on hand. Self-serve paddleboard rentals will be available by reservation for SUP Team parents at a reduced rate during the practice sessions, so bring the whole family.”

The Sussex County Paddle Board Team is currently seeking volunteers and business sponsors with experience in youth team sports management, to help get this new team up and running. Volunteers can call Janis at (302) 260-9008.

For more information on Sussex County Paddle Board Team or to sign up, check it out on the web at http://www.delmarvaboardsportadventures.com/paddle-board-team/ or call the shop at (302) 260-9008. Space will be limited.