OABI, the acronym for Once Around Belle Isle, is a 7-mile paddle race around Belle Isle in the international waters of Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, MI. What started as an underground race in 2012 with 25 Detroit/Windsor paddlers has evolved into a Midwest paddle destination and the premier beach party in Detroit.
With an expanded program in 2014, OABI appealed to not only serious stand-up paddlers, but also kayakers, rowers, and those who are completely new to paddling. By combining a newbie-friendly paddlerama with classes and demos, live music, craft beer, food trucks, and a wide variety of paddle vendors, OABI is a festive and welcoming environment that celebrates Detroit’s rightful place as one of the world’s primary centers of water sports and recreation.
(Times subject to change, expanded schedule with class times, music performances, etc TBA)
9:30 AM :: OABI RACE REGISTRATION
11:00 AM :: OABI RACE START / PADDLERAMA REGISTRATION OPEN
12:30 AM :: PADDLERAMA CLASS SIGN UP OPENS
1:00 PM :: PADDLERAMA BEGINS (Class and demo schedule TBA)
3:30 PM - 8:00 PM :: BEACH PARTY & MUSIC FESTIVAL