2013 Paddle Derby
Since our first Derby back in ‘82, we’ve introduced many people to paddlesport racing. For many years it was just a canoe competition, then we added kayaks (some of our fastest competitors) and two years ago standup paddleboards. Our 10-race series gives you the opportunity to develop your skills by competing against the best local paddlers each week. We encourage recreational canoers, kayakers and standup paddleboarders to enter our short course - just for the fun of it!
Canoes still make up the majority of boats on our starting line, but because of the growing popularity of kayaks and standup paddleboards, the traditional old Hoigaard's "Canoe Derby" changed its name last year to the "Paddle Derby". We have a new identity. We're not just for canoes anymore! Haven't been for quite awhile.
What is it?
Continuing in 2013 - Standup Paddleboards
Registration is from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
Speed Up Registration!
Often we have long lines at the registration table. As we get closer to race time we will have registration paperwork here that you can print and fill out ahead of time. You only fill these out once each year.
The race course travels from Lake Calhoun to Lake of the Isles and (for skilled paddlers) to Cedar Lake and back, with several buoy turns.
Racing, C-1 and Race Kayak Divisions
Training Solo Division
DERBY: 6 miles; 17’ to 18 1/2’ canoes, excluding USCA Cruisers and pro boats. Men, women, mixed.
RACING: 7 miles; USCA Cruisers & pro boats. Men, women, mixed.
RECREATIONAL TANDEM: 3 miles; 18’ maximum canoes. Men, women, mixed.
STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD: 3 miles; paddleboard with single-bladed paddle.
Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards as described above. Single-bladed paddles in canoes and paddleboards, double-bladed paddles in kayaks. U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets are required on all boats.
Hoigaard's brings a trailer of canoes and kayaks to Thomas Beach each week, available for anyone who wants to paddle the Paddle Derby. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis.
2013 Special Derby Events