Our 1st annual Kayak, BBQ and Blues Festival was a huge success and featured kayak and paddleboard races, a BBQ cookoff, live music, fireworks and even a Flyboarding demonstration. Here are the highlights.
Battle of the Paddle Winner Results!
64 Total Entries - 3 Withdrawals = 61 Finishers! All times below represent hh:mm:ss. Two-mile times have been adjusted by 15 minutes due to 9:15 am start time vs. 9:00 start for four-mile.
Remaining Results will be posted ASAP. Thank you for your patience!
Kayak/Canoe - Solo - Two-mile course
1st — Paul Babb: 28:55
2nd — Tom Baxter 31:58
3rd — Joe Dyson: 33:02
Kayak/Canoe - Solo - Four-mile course
1st - Mike Allen: 44:10
2nd - Charlene McCann: 51:40
3rd - David Waters: 53:56
Kayak/Canoe - Tandem - Two-mile course
1st - Fred and Blair Garth: 29:17
2nd - Kevin Nobles and Savannah Owensby: 31:32
3rd - Jim and Madison Fenton: 35:00
Kayak/Canoe - Tandem - Four-mile course
1st - Crysta and Tony Aandahl: 01:06:12
2nd - Mark Henderson and Tiffany Bowden: 01:06:35
3rd - Terry Ivey and Tim Adkison: 01:14:47
Stand Up - Two-mile course
1st - Webb Radcliff: 29:16
2nd - Tanner Chechak: 31:31
3rd - Ashley Chrisman: 33:21
Stand Up - Four-mile course
1st — Trapper Chechak: 48:41
2nd — Pete Buzzelli: 48:54
3rd — Josh Chrisman: 54:18
11 am — Live music was fantastic! Thank you to Hub Stacey's , Larry T. Wilson and Big Muddy, Johnny Barbato and the Lucky Doggs and the Blues Brothers Soul Band.
Fireworks and flyboarding demonstration
The event also included a Flyboard demonstration. "Flyboarding" has taken the watersports world by storm since 2011, when it was developed in France. Participants use a jet ski to push water through a hose and out the base of a device strapped to the Flyboarder's feet, allowing them to fly through the air in Ironman fashion or dive through the water like a dolphin. If that weren't exciting enough, this year's demonstration was performed at night, using a Flyboarder in an LED suit.
The grand finale was a fireworks show of spectacular proportions. The show was produced by Pyrotecnico, the powerhouse behind such fantastic events as the Orange Bowl and Colonial Williamsburg's Grand Illumination.
If you've never seen a flyboard in action, check out this video:
Presented by the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center and these additional sponsors: