Port Alberni’s waterfront will be booming with stand-up paddleboarders this weekend as the pros come from all around the province to compete in the Alberni Canal Downwind Challenge on June 13.
“Competitive racers from all over the province start from China Creek [marina] and they race to Canal Beach,” said organizer Sandra Gentleman.
But don’t worry if you’re not so steady on a paddleboard, Gentleman adds.
“At the same time that’s going on we’re having a fun relay race here at Canal Beach.”
The goal of the event is two-fold; not only does Gentleman want to highlight the Alberni Inlet as a water sports tourist destination but she also wants to encourage more locals to get out on a paddleboard.
“We want people to form teams, said Gentleman.
“Different teams are getting organized. The ER nurses against the OR nurses and different teams like that.”
Canal Beach will be bustling with food vendors and demos on Saturday, allowing people to try out a board.
Fellow paddleboarder Alicia La Rue is excited.
“There’ll be people rocking out on the paddleboard!”