Kalavida Surf Shop kicks off the water season with the Spring Swing SUP Jam Saturday at Kal Beach in Coldstream.

Kalavida Surf Shop kicks off the water season with the Spring Swing SUP Jam Saturday at Kal Beach in Coldstream.

Paddlers hit the beach

To kick off a new season on the water, Kalavida is hosting the Spring Swing SUP Jam Saturday at Kal Beach.

To kick off a new season on the water, Kalavida is hosting the Spring Swing SUP Jam Saturday at Kal Beach.

“It’s a jam-packed day full of events for both adults and kids including a free SUP demo, youth paddle, recreational race and plenty of that laid back Okanagan vibe,” said organizer Kevin O’Brien, of Kalavida Surf Shop.

Joining the crew at Kalavida will be Lina Augaitis, the current world champion and four-time Queen of Kalamalka who will share her experience for the skill clinics and youth paddle.

For the kids, they’ll get a chance to learn a few new tricks and find out more about Kalavida’s new youth SUP program at the same time. It’s a great chance to rub shoulders with one of the sports top athletes and personalities

The Spring Swing SUP race includes recreational and competitive distances for beginners and experienced paddlers at the north end of the Kalamalka Lake.

In calm conditions, the race will be staged between Kal Beach and the Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary. But if the winds of spring rise, the race will be from Kekuli Park back to Kal Beach.

For the general public, there are free SUP demos where everyone can try out the sport and test out a wide range of boards and equipment. In addition to recreational and performance boards, this year’s demo will include a chance to try out surf-style SUP boards for those interested in the surfing side of the sport.

The Spring SUP Swing serves as a primer for Kalavida’s wide range of events from May to September each year. The new youth SUP program is set to launch in June, along with a weekly race series and the popular Wahine Wednesday (women’s night). The sixth annual Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival runs Sept. 5 and 6.

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.  You can register at Kalavida and get all of the details about its events at www.kalavidasurfshop.com.

For more information, call 778-475-5808.