The 3rd Annual SUPer Scary SUP Race: Paddleboarding in Costume for a Cause
How would you like to dress up for Halloween and enjoy a stellar view of Folly’s surroundings from the water? Sign up for the 3rd Annual Super Scary SUP (stand up paddleboard) Race on Saturday, October 26 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and take in grand views of Follys waterways while you take on a little paddleboard competition. Jon Ory, owner of Charleston SUP Safaris, encourages everyone–from the paddleboarding curious to the paddleboarding elite–to come out for a good time and a great cause. Proceeds from the SUP Race will benefit Salty Kidz–a local non profit dedicated to helping underprivileged kids enjoy paddleboarding, kayaking, and surfing.
When Jon organized the first SUP race three years ago, he knew he had chance to create a unique benefit. “I knew that I wanted to do a [SUP] race and there weren’t any in Charleston at the time. My background is in community service, so I wanted to do something that would give back to the community,” says Ory. The previous SUP races benefited Pet Helpers and the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation. “For every SUP race held, the amount donated to charity continues to double every year,” says Ory. Ory knew that adding a costume element would make it fun, and adding an owner/dog race, would make it even better. While the tandem owner/dog race was added during the SUP race benefiting Pet Helpers, the competition still remains as part of the SUP festivities this year.
Last year, around 40 participants paddled in the Super Scary SUP Race. There’s something for everyone at this year’s SUP race. “It’s fun for families, so bring your kids, bring your dogs, dress up, and the best costume wins a prize. You don’t have to be experienced–it’s all for charity,” Ory says. Stick around for the after party at Surf Bar on Folly. Enjoy free food and music, but you’ll need to purchase your own adult beverages.
Ory taught for 15 years, spent summers leading international service trips to Fiji and New Zealand, and eventually moved back to Charleston to be closer to his family. When kids take SUP Safari tours, they get an outdoor education as well. The SUP Safari crew knows the Charleston ecosystem, and their tours focus on the natural surrounding of the waterways giving their clients something to think about, according to Ory. Ory was recently featured in a Charleston Magazine article about Charleston SUP Safaris and his dedication to giving back to his community.
The entry fee for the Super Scary SUP race is $40 for adults and $20 for kids and dogs. If you dont have your own paddleboard,a limited number will be available to rent for $10. If you dress yourself and your dog up, you could win a prize. Winners of each race will receive a prize after all of the races are completed. For more info, check out SUP Safaris website: http://www.charlestonsupsafari
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