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Friends of the Hammocks & Bear Island 

The North Carolina Paddle Festival


September 19th - 21st 2014

Hammocks Beach State Park

Swansboro, NC

Registration opens June 1, 2014


Come join us to celebrate paddle sports in North Carolina State Parks!


Kayak and paddleboard vendors!
• Paddle tours, workshops and demos!
• Pirate Paddle and Dragon Boat Races!
Test out a new kayak or stand-up paddleboard with one of our vendors!
Participate in workshops and demos hosted by local talent!

Participate in the:

                               Pirate Paddle
                               Mullet Cup Kayak Race
                               Dragon Boat Races


And Just for kids-

                           Build-A-Boat with recycled materials
                           Duckling Float- paddle your OWN boat!

                           Education theme... "Paddle thru time" 

 

Displays of ancient Indian Canoes with interactive lessons on how canoes were made thousands of years ago.  Paddle through time displays will lead from the beginning of paddling thru to modern paddling.  Lots of youth activities and demonstrations.


 

Concessions, Vendors, Events & More!





The Pirate Paddle Scavenger Hunt

SATURDAY | 9:30 AM

COST: $10

•  The event is a one mile linear fun paddle and optional scavenger hunt.
•  Register online at ncpaddle.org or at 8:30am
on event day.

•  Release forms to be completed on event day.

•  A parent signature is required for all participants under the age of 18 years.  Youth 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

•  Must provide own boat, paddle and USCG Type III rated life vest.

 Any paddle craft is permitted.
•  Paddle begins at 9:30am
.
•  Participants are encouraged to dress up or decorate boats Pirate Style. Prizes will be awarded.
Scavenger hunt participants will be directed to locate items in Davey Jones Locker.  The first back to the dock with correct locker items wins a prize.

• Fee is $10.00 per person and all proceeds will support Swansboro parks and recreation services.

• All participants will receive an event shirt.

                                                    

Registration opens June 1, 2014


          

 

Race for the Mullet Cup

SUNDAY | 9:00-10:30am

Registration begins at 8:30am

• The 4th annual competitive race will follow a 3K marked trail through the nearby marsh waters.

• Register online at ncpaddle.org or at 8:30am on event day.

Release forms to be completed on event day.

• Must be a minimum of 18 years of age to participate.

Any single-seated kayak, sit-on-top, or surf ski is permitted.

• Must provide own boat, paddle and USCG Type III rated life vest.

• Race begins at 9:30am.

• The race is non-sanctioned, unofficially timed and will run clockwise along planned course.

• Fee is $25.00 per person and all proceeds will support Swansboro parks and recreation services.

• All participants will receive an event shirt and goody bag.    

 

 

Registration opens June 1, 2014


                                            
         Dragon Boat Race
                                               
 

12 Noon - Until 

SUNDAY

 

 For the first time, Dragon Boating is coming to Onslow County, NC! This inaugural festival will take place at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro. The event is now open for team registration.

Forming a dragon boat team is easy! Included in your team registration is a practice session where we will show you how to paddle and race. Practices sessions and race day include all of the necessary equipment such as a boat, paddles, life vests, a drum and a steersperson/coach. Find yourself 10 co-workers, friends and/or family members to join you in this exciting event! Learn more about forming a team...

Proceeds of the Dragon Boat Races are benefitting the White Oak-New Riverkeeper Alliance.

Registration opens June 1, 2014


 


 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 



  DOWNLOAD COURSE MAPS

   See the course layouts for all three events including demo and  training areas.

Safety:

  This event will follow a strict float plan. The plan will dictate the times and duration of all in-water events. The Incident Command System will be active for this event. Park safety officer, Yancy King, will provide the mobile command center. The command center will handle all park communication. The ICS will organize the working structure of the event. There will be trained park staff in kayaks and powerboats on stand-by in and out of the water. All participants will be required to wear PFD's when on the kayak and floating docks
 
 
 

 




 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 

 






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 





See the course layouts for all three events including demo and training areas.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR EVENT!

 

Staying the weekend... Click Here for accommodations.

Use special reservation code... NCP

for Festival rates at the Swansboro Hampton Inn.

 
 

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