2014 Great Ponte Vedra Paddle for HEAL!

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Get Up! Stand Up! Monday, September 1 | 8:00 a.m.

Mickler's Landing Beach Access in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Itinerary | Event Photos | Rules | Sponsorships

Warning!!! This event is guaranteed to be the greatest, most thrilling, spectacular sporting SUP races and crazy family fun on the Atlantic Ocean EVER!


Those who pre-register by Friday, July 22nd, are automatically entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to North Guana Outpost.


The GREAT PONTE VEDRA PADDLE benefiting HEAL is a series of 3 stand-up paddle board races followed by a crazy, fun flotilla race held on Labor Day - Monday, September 1st - at Micklers Landing in beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. You are guaranteed to have a total blast if you show up to compete, volunteer, cheer on the racers and take part of the magic of this Paddle Board & Charity event!

Great Ponte Vedra Paddle Founders at Sunrise Preparing for the Races

Established in 2012, The GREAT PONTE VEDRA PADDLE is one of the largest Stand Up Paddle events of its kind on Florida's east coast. Last year's competition drew an exceptionally fun crowd of nearly 500, including 225 competitors, all for a great cause that helps those with Autism in Northeast Florida.

All proceeds benefit the HEAL Foundation - Healing Every Autistic Life - whose mission is to assist individuals and families living with Autism living in Northeast Florida. HEAL funds educational programs, schools, summer camps and assistance tailored to the needs of those with Autism.

Can't make the event, but want to help a great cause for Autism? DONATE to HEAL!


Wayne Chattaway ● Jeff Chefan ● Dana Current ● Vince Dirito ● Tim Ellis ● George Garcia ● Frank Greene ● John Jeremiah ● Charlie Jenney ● Steve Lear ● Peter Lewin ● Gary Marcy ● Tom Millon ● Peter Nicandri ● George Norton ● Dennis Ryan ● Chriss Spires ● Bart Walchle

The Third Annual Great Ponte Vedra Paddle was founded by HEAL Board member, Dana Current who recruited 18 founding members to create, organize and execute the inaugural GREAT PONTE VEDRA PADDLE. The group integrated the paddle board competition into a family fun Labor Day event benefiting HEAL.

Get Up! Stand Up! 4 GREAT RACES:

TImeline & Information

Please note race start times are subject to change.

8:00 a.m. - Registration & Sign-In
On the beach – Micklers Landing

8:30 a.m. – 5-Mile Distance Paddle Board Race
5 mile Ocean Race – Elite SUP competitors race 5 mile course, 4 laps around ocean buoys. Boards limited to 14 feet or less.

9:00 a.m. – 1 Mile Paddle Board Sprint
1 Mile Ocean Sprint – Join this fun, short race - perfect for beginners!
Maximum board length 12'6 for trophies, please see rules for longer boards

10:30 a.m. – 3 Mile Paddle Board Race
3 Mile Ocean Race – Two laps around ocean buoys
Maximum board length 12'6 for trophies, please see please see rules for longer boards

Crazy, creative, fun flotilla quarter-mile race - Create a team or go solo and dream up a fun theme. Floats, kayaks, inner tubes, floating lounge chairs, noodles - if it floats, you're in! Loop around an ocean buoy; first to cross the finish line and ring the bell wins! Trophies also are awarded to the most creative theme and best costumes!

12:30 – Awards, Announcements and Raffle Drawing
Trophies awarded to top 3 finishers - male and female - in each race.


  • 5 Mile Distance Paddle Race - $40
  • 11 Yrs and under – FREE!
  • Age 12-21 – $25.00
  • 21 and over - $35.00
  • Family *limit 5 members - $75.00
  • 5-Mile Paddle Race Premium - $15

"Board Caddies" will be stationed at the Mickler's Landing board drop off location; this service is complimentary. SUP Board rentals will be available on the beach.

For further information or to volunteer, please contact us at info@HealAutismNow.org.

Amateurs and beginners are encouraged to participate!


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Event Photos

View Mick Shea's Photo Gallery - 2012 & 2013 GREAT PONTE VEDRA PADDLE

6 Mile Elite Division at the start - Photo courtesy of Mick Shea

3 Mile Racers head into the ocean start - Photo courtesy of Mike Shea

Elite Division winner Andy White sprints to the finish - Photo courtesy of Mike Shea

1 mile Sprint Race Competitor finishes - Photo courtesy of Mike Shea

Winners of the Elite Division - Photo courtesy of Mike Shea

Anything That Floats Challenge! - Photo courtesy of Mike Shea

Proceeds benefit Autism camps like HEAL Surf Camp. "Max" - blind and with Autism - is receiving assistance from Volunteer Extraordinaire Joe Matacia - Photo courtesy of Mike Shea

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Race Rules

The rules for the SUP races and Anything That Floats Challenge are now available! Download the PDF.

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Sponsorships Available!

If you are interested in sponsoring the GREAT PONTE VEDRA PADDLE, view our Sponsorship Application.


As of August 21

PV Paddle Sponsors

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