Second Annual Open Water Swim-Paddle


The Outer Banks is always a top pick for many when planning summer vacations. It outer banks open water swim combines some of the best beaches with excellent weather and a much laid back attitude. But in addition to enjoying relaxing vacations Outer Banks races are huge draws for those who love outdoor sports. From the OBX Marathon to the Running of the Leprechaun, there is a race (or two or three) each month that brings avid enthusiasts to our barrier islands.

Swim-Paddle Details Over the past few years, races involving the water have begun to grow in popularity. One such race set to take place in a month is the Second Annual Open Water Swim Paddle. This event, a swim and paddle board race, involves a two-kilometer swim, one-kilometer swim, a 500-meter swim and a two-kilometer Stand Up Paddle Board race. Individuals age 11 and up can participate.

Sponsored by the OBX Swim Club, the event happens at the Ol' Swimming Hole, just outside Manteo, on July 6, 2014. This is the ideal venue as it is not open to the ocean which means it is not affected by tides and the strong ocean currents and waves although there is the possibility of small rippled waves depending on the direction of the wind. The Ol’ Swimming Hole is maintained by the Dare County Parks and Recreation and is used as the site of the swimming leg of the OBX Triathlon. Following the event, there will be prizes and the crowning of King and Queen Neptune (i.e. the male and female winners).

The Addition of the Paddle Board Leg This year, the event includes the addition of the paddle board leg. Paddle boarding is a growing sport across the country and is something that everyone seems to want to try while on vacation. While it is one of the most enjoyable water sports on the planet, it is also one of the most strenuous sports especially when racing. Professional SUP boarders bring a whole new attitude to the sport as SUP surfing is taking place all over the world. But there is nothing like hopping on a paddle board just to be on the water. Adding it to the event seems natural.

Other Water Events The OBX is well-known for its road races like the OBX Marathon in November and other ones throughout the year, but there are also other events that involve the water. Taking place throughout the summer is the Inaugural Run Swim Run Aquathon series taking place in Corolla that involves a one-kilometer swim, followed by a quarter mile swim and capping it off with a 5-K run.

The Outer Banks also plays host to the OBX Triathlon to be held September 12-13, 2014. It starts at the Ol’ Swimming Hole as well and then winds through the roads around Manteo. The entire weekend includes three different events – the Half Distance and Olympic Distance events on Saturday and the Sprint Distance on Sunday – accommodating different levels of athletes.

Make Plans If you are interested in participating in any of these events, be sure to start making plans now. The Second Annual Swim-Paddle is just a month away and takes place on a busy holiday weekend. We can help you with your Outer Banks rentals as well as answer any questions you may have about these events.

The Outer Banks offers something for everyone. From kicking off your flip flops to feel the sand in your toes to letting the warm North Carolina sunshine warm you from the inside out, Outer Banks vacations are the ones for which you wait all year long. Adding a little competition to your vacation is just the icing on the cake!