MEC's Big Chop paddleboarding and kayak races return to Vancouver

Mar 23 2018, 9:03 pm

Two of Vancouver’s favourite events, paddleboarding and kayaking, are returning to the city in a big way.

Back for another summer is MEC’s Big Chop Summer Paddle Series, a series of paddleboarding and kayak races that take place on the waters of Vancouver Harbour.

Paddlers make their way across the scenic route on a warm summer’s evening, taking part in drinks, a BBQ, and live music afterwards.

The main event is a fun “race” that offers an 8 km “Big Chop Course” for experienced paddlers and a 4 km “Little Chop Course” for beginners.

The races begin on Thursday, April 19 and occur every second Thursday until their final race on Thursday, August 23.

Participants are allowed to use a wide range of boats and crafts. Surfskis, ocean kayaks, double kayaks, and stand-up Paddleboards are eligible for the race.

Registration starts at 6 pm every night. Entry for the race costs $15 and you can join even if you don’t own your own equipment. All it takes is a simple rental.

Rentals are cheap and beginner friendly; a single kayak or paddleboard is only $10. If you plan on borrowing a board from the organizers though, they will need to be reserved the night prior.

MEC also offers introductory clinics for beginners before every Big Chop race.

MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series

When: Starting Thursday, April 19, every second Thursday
Time: 6 pm to 8:30

Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Tickets: On location, $15

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