Stroke The Slough

June 29, 2014

Not your momma's lazy river ride

Race Entry

Sweet T-Shirt
2 Beverage Tokens
One Raffle Ticket
Your Support for Seattle Surfrider
Bragging Rights

Event Info

09:00 - Check in Opens - Luke McRedmond Landing [MAP]
09:50 - Check in Closes
10:00 - Mandatory Captain's Meeting
10:30 - Growler Race (Elite) Start: 7.75 miles
10:50 - Pint Race Start (Rec): 4.75 miles
12:00 - Refreshments Available [12:00-2:30]
  1:15 - Awards & Amazing Raffle

STS 2014
Surfrider Foundation
WPA Sanctioned Race

What's New for 2014

We are running the race a month earlier so the river is more robust and the weeds are less of an issue. Hence the water will not be quite as warm and this may be a shortie occasion. The Post Paddle Party will be closer to the finish line. We wont be in the big Red Hook Party Bowl this year. We'll be able to hang closer to Adventura and the finish line.

The Race

Stroke the Slough is a point to point downriver race. The race start is at Luke McRedmond Landing [MAP] and we end at Redhook Brewery. Transportation planning is a little more work but this race is pretty fun, the extra planning is worth it. More on our suggested transportation sceneriors below. The long race is a course that is best for SUP athletes who have done some training. The shorter race is better for beginning racers, casual paddlers and kids 17 and under. If you do register your child, we ask that you paddle with your child and please bring a tow rope, water and snacks. The course is generally flat, fairly shallow and had a light current. The current conditions of the course will be discussed at the Captian's Meeting, before the race. Our start line sponsor is ZeeBerry, we are incredibly thankful for the support.

Rules & Safety

The basics: Have a PFD, whistle & water & some kind of nutrition if you need it. There are a couple shallow spots to avoid in the first mile on the river but nothing you should need to step off your board for. We’ll address the current river conditions in the Captain’s Meetings. Please be safe and cautious & abide by the WPA standards [WPA Guidelines/Divisions & 2014 WPA Racing Rulebook]

Post Paddle Party @ Adventura & Redhook

Thirst: Redhook will set up a beer garden for beverage service, 2 beverage tokens are included with your race entry.

Feed me:: Curb Jumper Street Eats will be there! Check out their special event menu and pricing here. Bring a few bucks for the food truck offerings as lunch is not included with entry fee this year

Entertainment: We are so excited that Adventura Ariel Park is open for STS athletes and spectators again this year! Your crew can cheer for your finish from high up on the ariel ropes course. STS family and friends play for free on race day. Wanna reserve a time for your crew after the race? There's no need the wait around - make a reservation for yourself or your favorite people here using the coupon code you'll get with your race confirmation.

If you're totally exhausted post race but the ropes are calling to you, make a reservation for another day using the code StrokeTheSlough2014 & enjoy 50% off.

Transportation Logistics

Due to the nature of the course, we start in one place and end downriver. The race starts @ Luke McRedmond Landing and ends at Redhook Brewery. The Pint Race is point to point. The Growler Race goes downriver, passing Redhook Brewery, continuing on for another 1.5 miles downriver, then turning at Wilmot Gateway Park and ending at Redhook [Course MAP]; Parking at Redhook will be nearby the finish line and Adventura Ariel Park. There will be a few signs and hopefully some parking volunteers, but remember to drive to the back of the brewery, down the little dirt road passed the ropes course and park. There is NO parking at Luke McRedmond Park. If you need to leave your vehicle in Redmond, we will offer a human shuttle back to Redmond following the Awards Ceremony. That means you'll have to find a buddy to watch your gear while you fetch your vehicle. We strongly suggest you get your cheerleading crew to drop you at Luke McRedmond and wait for you at the Adventura Ariel Park and cheer you in. Or make arrangements with a buddy to shuttle in the same fashion as we would shuttle you but at on your own terms and timeline.

Yeah, but what do I really need to know?

Use a weed fin or a rubber fin – seriously. Please be overly cautious at the start. Allow the elite crew some room to start the race. Consider NOT using a leash because if you fall there could be bramble that you don’t want to get stuck on. If someone nearby you falls and needs help fetching their board, please be kind and help your fellow paddler. If you drop debris in the river please fetch it. Have fun & make good choices.

larry allison
SweetWood SUP Racing
Seattle Surfrider
Redhook Brewery
Big Gin
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Aqua Hydrate
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Seattle Flying Dragons
Kind Bar
Big Gin
Urban Surf
SUP Buddy
NW Paddle Sports
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Please feel free to send us any questions you may have concerning the race: or call Sara at: 206-399-1365.

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