Paddleboard event returns Aug. 21 with new name, venue

Special to Gannett
Set for Aug. 21, Paddle at the Park features new name, location, categories.

DESTIN — Now known as Paddle at the Park, Destin’s annual standup paddleboard event is moving to Henderson Beach State Park and welcoming two new categories — kayaks and inflatables.

Now in its ninth year, Paddle at the Park sponsored by Destin ER is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 21. It features 1- and 3-mile recreational races and a 6-mile elite race.

The weekend fun begins on Friday, Aug. 20, with a Racer Welcome Party at BOTE, an international paddle board brand headquartered in the Destin area. It continues the next morning with the races, which have staggered start times beginning at 9 a.m. Racers and spectators alike will enjoy the festive atmosphere with displays and booths set up along the beach. The event will conclude with awards.

Registration is now open at Find all race details at or follow