DETROIT — OABI Beach Festival, taking place on Belle Isle Beach, Detroit on Aug. 9, has announced the full Paddlerama schedule of events, featuring paddleboard and SUP events for all ages, kayak events as well as the Outdoor Action Co. OABI Race, live music, craft beer, and local food.
Paddlerama — a series of classes, demonstrations, contests, and sprint competitions is open to the general public from noon to 8 p.m. Paddlerama encourages everyone, no matter the skill level, to learn from some of the top athletes in the sport, including three-time Elite Women’s WPA Midwest SUP Points champion, Mary Ridtke and 2013 Maui to Molokai SUP Race champion, Ron St. John. Free SUPs and kayaks will be available for Paddlerama participants, courtesy of Green Veil Outdoor, Great Lakes Surf and Detroit River Sports.
Once an underground event that began in 2011 as a challenge among the SUP community to test who had the biggest gains over the summer paddle season, The Outdoor Action Co. OABI Race is a race around the 7-mile Belle Isle that includes paddleboards, kayaks, and crew sculls and shells. The race starts and finishes at Belle Isle Beach with the first one to circumnavigate the isle and grab the paddle/trophy, keeping it for the year.
OABI attendees will also enjoy live music by The Macpodz, Slow Jam’s resident DJ and Movement Electronic Music Festival veteran, Erno the Inferno, as well as the acoustic tunes of Brian Sheehan.
Advance tickets and registration information for OABI can be found by visiting oabidetroit.com as well as greenveiloutdoor.com. The cost for Paddlerama and general event admission is $15 in advance and $25 at the door. The cost for the OABI race, Paddlerama and general event admission is $35. Children 12 years old and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult. The OABI race is for moderate to experienced paddlers, while Paddlerama is open to all paddler experience levels.