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The Boardwalk to host 12th annual ‘Paddle at the Park’ race on May 11

The 12th Annual Paddle at the Park will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, in the Gulf of Mexico behind The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.
Paddle at the Park

The 12th Annual Paddle at the Park will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, in the Gulf of Mexico behind The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.

  • The event, which is a standup paddleboard race, will offer a variety of races catering to participants of all ages and skill levels.

The races include 1- and 3-mile recreational races, a 6-mile elite race, and a kids’ fun out-and-back paddle. With staggered start times beginning at 9 a.m., the event will conclude with an awards ceremony.

Awards will be presented directly following the last race 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, Men’s Inflatable, Women’s Inflatable
  • 3-Mile Recreational – Men’s Displacement, Women’s Displacement, Men’s Surfstyle, Women’s Surfstyle
  • 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 and gift cards from Saltwater Restaurants. The overall top male and female in the 6-Mile race will also win a Shibumi Shade Mini!

  • The top boy and girl in the Kids Fun Paddle will win a BOTE Youth t-shirt and hat.

In addition to the races, the event will feature a festive atmosphere with displays and booths set up along the beach for both racers and spectators to enjoy.

Registration for the event is now open. Full race details are available at, and updates can be found on the event’s Facebook page at

The 12th Annual Paddle at the Park is made possible by the support of its partners, including The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, Eglin Federal Credit Union, title sponsor HCA Florida Destin Emergency, and many more.

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