Paddle at the Park Sponsored by Destin ER
After a one-year absence, our annual standup paddle board race is back, and we have exciting news. The event is moving to Henderson Beach State Park and getting a name change - Paddle at the Park Sponsored by Destin ER! Formerly known as Paddle at the Porch, this event, now in its 9th year, will be held on Aug. 21, 2021. It features 1- and 3-mile recreational races and a 6-mile elite race, to be followed by awards, food & fun! Also, we are welcoming two new categories in the 3-mile race: kayaks and inflatables.
Paddle at the Park Sponsored by Destin ER targets locals and visitors interested in the rapidly growing standup paddle board sport, with a special emphasis on drawing those from outside our area. The event is open to the public, and it is being held in partnership with BOTE and Henderson Beach State Park.
Thank you to our race partners BOTE and Henderson Beach State Park; title sponsor Destin ER; platinum sponsors Destin - Fort Walton Beach and Destin Life; gold sponsors 99Rock, Nash FM 105.5, Coast 93.3, R3 Construction and Z96; silver sponsors Eglin Federal Credit Union and Lucky Beach Nutrition; accommodations sponsors The Islander, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties and Vacasa; bronze sponsors A Superior Air Conditioning Company, Destin Photo, Emerald Bay Golf Club, Liberty Watersports and Troy University - Fort Walton Beach; beverage sponsors 3rd Planet Brewing, Buffalo Rock and Destin Brewery; and food sponsors Stanley Street Treats and Swell Pops!
Race Start Times
9 a.m. - 3/6-mile races start
10:30 a.m. - 1-mile race starts
11 a.m. - kids' fun race (for ages 12 & under only) starts
Awards for all races will begin directly after the last race.
Awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall winners, as well as the 1st place winner for 50+ in the following categories:
1-Mile Beginner - Men's, Women's
3-Mile Recreational - Men's Displacement, Women's Displacement, Men's Surfstyle, Women's Surfstyle, Men’s Inflatable, Women’s Inflatable, Men’s Kayak, Women’s Kayak
6-Mile Elite - Men's Elite, Women's Elite
The names of the top male and top female in the 6-Mile Race will be placed on the Destin SUP Cup. The overall top male and female in the 1-Mile, 3-Mile, and 6-Mile races will also win some awesome BOTE lifestyle products!
The top boy and girl in the Kids Fun Paddle will win a BOTE Youth t-shirt and hat.
Registration is now open on Paddleguru.com or you may download and return our brochure. Pricing is as follows:
1-Mile Beginner - $35 until Aug. 20 / $45 on Aug. 21
3-Mile Recreational - $40 until Aug. 20 / $50 on Aug. 21
6-Mile Elite - $55 until Aug. 20 / $65 on Aug. 21
Kids' Fun Race - $12 (This price does not include a race shirt.)
Racer Welcome Party & Gift Card Giveaway
BOTE is welcoming racers with a party from 5 - 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, at BOTE Destin, located at 383 Harbor Blvd. Catch up with racers old and new, and enjoy food, and cold BOTE beer from Destin Brewery. One lucky racer, participant or sponsor will win a $100 BOTE GIFT CARD! The giveaway will take place at the end of the event, and you must be present to win.
Race Packet Pickup
Packets are available for pick up at the Destin Chamber, located at 4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A, in Destin, on Friday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. They may be picked up the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m., at Henderson Beach State Park.
Follow Facebook.com/PaddleAtThePark for event details.
Race Weekend Accommodations
Planning your race weekend stay in Destin? Please check out our accommodations sponsors:
Check out Islander-Resort.com for pricing and availability. Visit NewmanDailey.com for 10% off your Paddle at the Park stay. Check out Vacasa.com for pricing and availability.
Want to sponsor? Email cassy@DestinChamber.com.
Check out this awesome video of the 2019 event from Land Air Sea Productions.