Needed something to put on your summer bucket list? We've got just the thing. You read right, and it's exactly what you think. Someone out there took something incredibly Vancouver and made it hella extra. But it's hilarious AF and we're all for it!
MEC is in the middle of their Big Chop: Summer Paddle Series and you NEED to get in on it before it's too late. This summer series consists of paddleboard races held every second week until the end of the summer and they're open to all participants...including the incredibly inexperienced beginners. Beyond paddleboards, there're also surfskis, kayaks and double kayaks (double the trouble).
Of course, they use "race" in the lightest terms possible. The course is incredibly scenic and breathtaking, race organizers recommend to "paddle the scenic course as fast as you want" and enjoy the sights. And of course you'll have to join the after-party that will be taking place at Vanier Park! Each race is followed with a barbeque including awesome music and tons of prizes!
The "race" takes place on the waters of Vancouver harbour and starts under the Burrard Street Bridge. Participants can take part in either the Big Chop (8 km) or the Half Chop (4 km) for beginners!
Their final race takes place on Thursday, August 24th and it's followed with a huge party afterwards! Their final race in 2016 hosted over 200 people and the harbour turned into a giant party on the water!
Races only cost $15 to enter and $10 for either a single kayak or SUP (which is drastically cheaper than typical rental). Their last race, due to it's popularity and the after-party, will be $20. Beginners are warmly welcomed, and they even offer introductory clinics before every race!
A schedule of the summer's final races can be found here! The race formally starts at 7:00 PM every night and the social takes place at 8:30 PM!