A world champion stand-up paddleboarder is making a splash back in the waters of Kalamalka Lake, where she launched her career.
Lina Augaitis, of Vancouver, who has won the Kalamalka Classic three times and was recently crowned world champion, will be staying locally for a full week of activities.
Kalavida Surf Shop in Coldstream has announced an expanded range of events and to kick-off the new season, it is hosting the third annual Eagle Run Recreational Race and Clinic Saturday.
The Eagle Run includes both recreational and competitive distances for both newbies and experienced paddlers along a spectator-friendly course between Kal Beach and the Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary.
“In an effort to involve kids and youth, this year’s schedule now includes shorter races for groms (ages 12 and under) and youth (13-18 years) making the event fun for the entire family,” said Kevin O’Brien, an event organizer with Kalavida Surf Shop.
Saturday starts with a skill and technique clinic at 11 a.m. with Augaitis and is open to all paddlers.
“Lina brings her experience and passion for the sport to the beach that helped launch her career as a professional SUP athlete,” said O’Brien.
The Eagle Run goes at 1 p.m., followed by a kids race and relay events at 2:30 p.m. and sprint challenge at 3 p.m.
For the general public, there are free SUP demos between 1 and 3 p.m. offering anyone considering the sport with a chance to try out the largest fleet of demo and rental paddleboards in the province.
From June through August, Kalavida will then host a series of kids SUP camps and regular paddle nights for adults, including the popular Wahine Wednesday, and new group paddles on Tuesdays.
All of the events are now detailed online and serve as a warm-up for the fifth annual Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival.
The Kal Classic runs Aug. 30 to 31 and has grown to become Canada’s largest paddleboard event.
“As part of an ongoing commitment to help protect the environment and Kalamalka Lake, partial proceeds will be donated to the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake,” said O’Brien.
Register at Kalavida and get all of the details about the events at www.kalavidasurfshop.com.