Paddle board race coming to downtown West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Joe Laundrie is gearing up for a big race this weekend.

"I've been training in New York, trying to get on the water three to four days a week. I cross train by cycling a lot but I'm on the water before work most days of the week."

The Hope Floats charity paddle race will be the first of its kind for the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront.

Lacie Flynn organized the event out of the love for the spot. "Saturday we're going to have about a hundred racers out here from elite racers to everyday paddlers that want to come out and share our support for our charities, the Share the Stoke FoundationAmerican Cancer Society, and Surfers for Autism."

The race is like no other! "Our event is unique because we're going to have four different paddle craft. We'll include surf skis, OC-1s, prone paddleboarders, and stand up paddleboarders. In the elite race we're offering cash prizes to those top paddlers."

For Joe Laundrie, though, it's not just about the competition. "When you get out there it's all-out but when you get back to the dock it's usually just big hi-fives. Whoever wins you know, we're all winners today, we're going to be doing a lot of donating. It's just an exciting event to be a part of."

The race partnered with the Feast of the Sea Seafood Festival being held at the same time on the waterfront.

"We're partnering up with the Feast of the Sea, they're a seafood festival going on downtown bringing vendors from all around Palm Beach County and we're so excited to be partnering up with them."

And after the race, the Feast of the Sea seafood festival will be in full swing. Admission is free.

If you would like to paddle in the race you can register online or at the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. The races start at 11 a.m. along with the Feast of the Sea Seafood Festival.

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