The Jericho Wavechaser is a paddle series for outrigger, surfski, SUP, and ocean kayak that takes place off the beaches at the Jericho Sailing Centre every 2nd Thursday at 7:00 pm beginning May 12th this year. You’ll need to sign in at the sailing centre office prior to racing and attend the race meeting at 6:30 pm. You can speed up the process by registering online.
If you’re planning to spend time at Jericho this summer you might want to look in to a season parking pass for lot #69 valid April 1st to September 30th.
The 2016 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series kicks off Thursday May 12th then every 2nd Thursday starting at 7pm with the finale on Thursday September 1st. This will be our 3rd season and is becoming a popular event for paddlers to due to the location, flexibility in setting up a course to take advantage of the water conditions, amazing bbq, and a fun social event.
We have excellent sponsorship and some will be on site. Adam who is the rep for Fanatic SUP and Black Fish paddles will be at each event with SUP boards and paddles to demo and race, plus he’ll be handing out lots of swag for prizes. Ross Creasy from Open Ocean Outrigger and SUP will also be at each event plus has swag for prizes. Bob Putnam will be down occasionally from Deep Cove Kayak. You can contact him if you would like him to bring you down a surfski to demo. We also want to welcome new sponsors Hana Hou Paddle Sports, Western Canoeing & Kayaking, the Running Room, the Flying Pig, Enigma, and Romer’s Burger Bar for coming on board donating some generous gift certificates.
There are 9 races total in the series. The Wavechaser trophy is up for grabs for the top female and male point getter. A special draw at the finale will be made for racers who came out to 7 of the 9 races and to the top 3 point getters in each category (3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd). You must be at the finale for this draw.
The race series is run by volunteers and is non profit and therefore the cost to race is only $5. Join the sailing centre and race for free. The sailing centre has generously provided us with a new BBQ and we will be working very hard to continue the now famous BBQ after each race.
More and more paddlers are discovering how fun the waters off Jericho can be and what an amazing venue the centre is. There is also something about the beach atmosphere that makes the location feel like the Hawaii of Canada. We will have a safety boat at each race and we keep the race course a surprise! Actually, we try to optimize each race to take advantage of the best bumps we can get. See you May 21st at Jericho…