Ride the Wave Regatta
Featuring the Lake Michigan Water Trail Marathon
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Join NWIPA for the 8th Annual Ride The Wave Regatta Lake Michigan kayak races. This year’s event will feature three races. A Marathon of 14 miles, a 7 mile short course, and a 3.5 mile recreational race.
This is a points race on the USCA Indiana Division 2015 race schedule.
First three overall Marathon finishers awarded prizes of: $500/$250/$100
Prizes are courtesy of South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.
Due to weather conditions all three races will begin and end at the Washington Park
Marins Boat Launch in Michigan City, Indiana.
The Trail Creek course will make loops on Trail Creek, starting and ending at the Washington Park Marina boat Launch.
Bring your sea kayaks, surf skis, canoes and outriggers!
Special Weather Notice for the Marathon:
In the days prior to the race we will post NWS and NOAA weather forecasts for race day. If necessary the start location and times will be adjusted to keep the race safe and fun.
All Times are Central!
Marathon racers will report to Marquette Park to register and drop off your equipment. Race staff will stay with equipment while you drive your cars to Michigan City, an approximately 30 minute trip. Please allow enough time so that you will depart Marquette Park no later than 8:30 am. At 9:15 the shuttle bus will leave Michigan City to bring you back to Marquette Park to start the race.
Trail Creek Course, All Races:
Begin at the Washington Park Marina boat launch and heads out of the Marina onto
Trail Creek. A red buoy will form the starting/finish line. Paddle upstream past
the 4th bridge and turn the buoy in front of Hansen Park. Return to the start line
and loop the red start/finish buoy at the Marina boat launch for the finish. You
will need to take caution exiting and re-
Times: (All times Central) (times subject to change)
9:30 ... Trail Creek Course Registration
10:15 ... Train Creek Course Description and Safety Talk
10:30 ... Launch and Line-
10:45 ... Race Starts!
2:30 pm Central, or when racers are off the water and times are tallied.
Marathon K1 Unlimited Men IN-
Marathon K1 Unlimited Women IN-
Marathon OC1 Outriggers Men IN-
Marathon OC1 Outriggers Women IN-
Marathon OC2 Outriggers Men IN-
Marathon OC2 Outriggers Women IN-
Marathon Sea Kayak Men
Marathon Sea Kayak Women
Short Course K1 Unlimited Men
Short Course K1 Unlimited Women
Short Course OC1 Outriggers Men
Short Course OC1 Outriggers Women
Short Course OC2 Outriggers Men
Short Course OC2 Outriggers Women
Short Course Sea Kayak Men -
Short Course Sea Kayak Women -
Trail Creek K1 Unlimited Men
Trail Creek K1 Unlimited Women
Trail Creek C1 Canoes Men IN-
Trail Creek C1 Canoes Women IN-
Trail Creek C2 Canoes Men IN-
Trail Creek C2 Canoes Women IN-
Trail Creek Sea Kayak Men
Trail Creek Sea Kayak Women
Trail Creek Recreational Race -
Unlimited : Boats over 18 feet or less than 18.5 inches wide.
Sea Kayak: Boats 18 feet and under, and at least 18.5 inches wide. Must have water tight bulkheads and/or adequate flotation.
Marathon $30 pre-
Short Course $15 pre-
Trail Creek $15 pre-
There will be no fee for Parking at Washington Park!
a. You are engaging in an activity with inherent dangers,
b. You accept & acknowledge you are participating at your own risk, and
c. You are responsible for your own safety and to use your own judgment.
Ride the Wave Regatta is brought to you by the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association
and the generous support of
The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority
©2015 Northwest Indiana Paddling Association
With the generous sponsorship of:
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
The 8th Annual Ride The Wave Regatta took place with weather forcing us to use plan B: as last year a looping race on Trail Creek. This more intimate format lets everyone feel like they are part of the whole event and is more spectator friendly. However, it unfortunately doesn’t have the excitement and challenge of racing on Lake Michigan. We hope next year the weather will again allow us on the Big Lake.
Because of the Trail Creek course we were pleased to have Matt Meersman and Ted Beatty join us in their C2 Pro Boat, hopefully they can encourage more C2’s to give them some competition next year.
I want to thank all the racers for coming out in spite of the weather. In addition, I could not make this race happen without the assistance of all our volunteers and safety kayakers who were willing to give their Saturday so that we may have a safe and fun event.
Special thanks go to the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority for their generous sponsorship of the Marathon prize money.
Additionally I’d like to thank Andy Neal, the professional photographer who shot so many great action photos of the race and shared them on the NWIPA Facebook page.
A personal thanks goes to my friend Billy Bellinger for his encouragement and advice, and especially for loaning me his backup V10 Sport for the day.
Ride the Wave Regatta is a points race on the USCA Indiana Division 2015 race schedule.
Ride the Wave Regatta is a part of the Great Lakes Surfski Race Series.
See you next year!
Ken Stelter -
Updated 9/16/2015 7:49:42 PM
Logo by Mary Catterlin