People in the recreation industry call it a fast-growing sport with a Hawaiian heritage.
It’s stand up paddleboarding, or SUP, and it’s coming to Oak Ridge in September in a new event called the Secret City SUP Classic. It will feature two races starting at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Oak Ridge Marina on Melton Lake Park.
“SUP is a new sport that’s taking the waterways by storm, and Oak Ridge provides the perfect venue for these races,” said Katy Brown, executive director of the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We hope paddleboarders of all ages will come out to the waterfront as we introduce the region to a different side of the Secret City.”
The Secret City SUP Classic is part of the Tennessee SUP Championship Series and consists of a two-mile fun race and a seven-mile elite race. The event is scheduled to last until 4 p.m. Sept. 8, and it will feature music performances by members of local band Public Apology, a press release said.
SUP supporters say the sport, which allows surfers to paddle longer distances, among other things, can be enjoyed with a minimum of equipment, and no waves are required.
The ORCVB called it a “human-powered sports phenomenon.” Oak Ridge officials have worked for several years to start hosting more human-powered sports activities in the Secret City, including at the Oak Ridge Marina.
For more information about the Secret City SUP Classic and to register, visit here or contact the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau at (865) 482-7821. A packet pick-up will be held at Lincoln’s Sports Grille the evening of Saturday, Sept. 7, and at Melton Hill Lake Pavilion on Sunday, Sept. 8 starting at 10 a.m.
Visit the ORCVB website for more information.