Big Bear Paddlefest gets new name for 2017 as it re-brands to Paddle Big Bear
Paddle Big Bear, formally known as Big Bear Paddlefest, moves to new venue at Veterans Park in Big Bear Lake
With the advent of the celebration of its first decade as a major Big Bear outdoor event, Big Bear PaddleFest is re-branding to Paddle Big Bear and moving to a new venue at Veterans Park in Big Bear Lake. The event is a festival of clinics and races for kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards.
Paddle Big Bear is a World Paddle Association sanctioned event.
Registration for the Saturday, June 10 event is available online at www.paddlebigbear.com. Same day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The 20K race starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m. and the 10K at 10 a.m. The kids’ fun race is at 10:30 a.m. followed by SUP sprints at 11 a.m. and SUP relay at 11:30 a.m. There will be an awards ceremony at noon.
Attendance is free and entrance fees for races range between $30 and $60, depending on race length. The kids race is free. The fastest man and woman to finish the 20K split a $1,000 prize purse.
Veterans Park is near the intersection of Knickerbocker Road and Big Bear Boulevard, next to Community Church Big Bear.
Paddle Big Bear has a new race director, Harald Zundel. The 2017 director is an ex-Navy Seal.
The event will also feature a beach party, vendors hawking all kinds of demos, a DJ, a Stumblefoot Brewery beer garden and much more.
Not just paddleboards are launched during the day. Paddle Big Bear allows just about any craft that can be paddled to be used during the renamed 2017 event.