In the past, Journeys SGI, the islandís original adventure outfitter, has hosted an event to promote paddling and give people an opportunity to compare kayaks.
On Saturday, Journey's SGI and Island Fit Stand Up Paddleboard Fitness expanded the event as the first Paddle at the Park.
Paddle at the Park was a satellite event for World Paddle for the Planet, supporting ecoconciousness and a healthier and happier environment. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the cause of educating and raising environmental awareness.
More than 100 people visited Boy Scout Regatta Park to try out kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUP). Samantha Fortunas, owner of Island Fit, led classes and gave demonstrations of SUP yoga throughout the day.
The hosts provided drinks, hot dogs and later barbeque to participants.
The highlight of the day was youth and adult races. Winners in the youth category on SUP were Jared Jake, first place; Parker Anderson, second; and Jevon Jake, third. This was Jevonís first time paddling.
Winners in the youth kayak category were Perry Stone, first; Nash Ramsdell, second and Maya Itzkovitz, third.
Adults did a two-mile paddle. Winners in the male division for kayaks were Colter Foster, first at 34 minutes and 31-seconds; Larry Rhodes, second and Mickey Phillips, third. In the womenís division, Jessie Schull took first place followed by Stacy Ezell. There was no third place winner.
Winners in the adult SUP race were, for males, Dan Fortunas with 31-minutes and 25-seconds; D.J. Flint, second and Louis Heckler, third. In the womenís division, Sam Fortunas was first; Katie Derrick second and Mandy Andrews was third. Ė By LOIS SWOBODA