Friends of VINP “Paddle the Park” Standup Paddleboard Race Is Set for November 1st


ST. JOHN — Get ready for a day of paddleboard fun at Maho Bay!

The third annual Paddle the Park standup paddleboard race will be on Sunday, November 1, at Maho Bay on St. John.  Participants can register before Oct. 23 and save on entry fees.

The event is organized by Friends of VI National Park to celebrate the beaches and waters of the park and raise funds for projects that preserve, protect and educate therein.     

The races will start and finish at the Maho Bay Pavilion and will consist of three concurrent courses:
• SHORT course from Maho Bay Pavilion to the floating fee station and back (about 1 mile)
• Special Kids Course within the Short Course for ages 12 years and younger;
• OPEN course from Maho Bay Pavilion to Whistling Cay and back (about 3 miles);
• ELITE course from Maho Bay Pavilion, around Whistling Cay, then around Cinnamon and back around Whistling Cay and back to Maho (about 5.5 miles).

The race will start at 9 a.m. and finish between 11 a.m. and noon, followed by a casual-good-time beach party and awards ceremony at the Maho Bay Pavilion.

Full information can be found at on the Friends website: Be sure to check out the narrated video maps of the race courses!

Registration is now open by phone, in-person and online. 

The fees are: Early Registration (Sept. 14-Oct. 23) – Adults, $60; Youth (under 18 years of age) $30; General Registration (Oct. 24-30) – Adults, $70; Youth (under 18 years of age), $35; Late Registration (Saturday, Oct. 31, until 2 p.m. at Friends of the Park Store only) – Adults, $85 and Youth (under 18 years of age), $45.

Registration fees include: Event entry; race jersey (a water-friendly rash guard that must be worn during the race); event “goodie bag”, and delicious picnic lunch and beverages at awards ceremony.  (Lunch vouchers for non-participants may be purchased for $15, in advance only, at the time of registration)

Advance registration only. There will be no registration on the day of the event!!

Participants may register: Online:; by phone at 340-779-4940, or in person at:  Friends of the Park store or office in Mongoose Junction; Connections Cruz Bay or Coral Bay; and Caribbean Surf Co. in Havensight or Red Hook, St. Thomas

For additional information, email or call 340-779-4940.  All proceeds benefit Friends programs and projects that protect, preserve and educate within VI National Park.