MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 — 8:41am PST
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The MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series returns to the waters of English Bay for another season of paddling fun. The Big Chop is a ten race paddle series that kicks off on Thursday, April 19th, 2018, and runs every second week until the end of the summer. Each race is an incredibly fun night on the water and the Big Chop is open to all levels of paddlers.

MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series

MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series

When: April 19 to August 23, 2018 (10 races, every second Thursday)
Where: Vanier Park, Vancouver, BC
Register: The first nine races cost $15 (pay on the night of the race) and the final race is $25. Boat rentals, if you need one, are an additional cost.

The Season’s Pass for the MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series will be available online starting April 1st. It’s a great deal that saves you money and gives you exclusive benefits like swag, beer, and quick sign-in on race day. There are 50 passes available and they include:

1. Entry to all ten races, including the year end party
2. A limited edition Big Chop graphic t-shirt
3. An O’Neill tech top (to be confirmed)
4. One free beer per race
5. Post race BBQ (hot dogs/veggie burgers)
6. A chance to win some amazing prizes at every race
COST: $160 (+GST) with a value over $260!

Paddlers can choose between the 4km Little Chop or the 8km Big Chop and use the boat of their choice — kayak, outrigger, paddle board, surfski, dugout canoe, or rowboat — it just can’t have a motor. There is a big rental fleet available as well, and MEC runs introductory paddle clinics prior to every race.

After you finish your paddle, stick around for the awards where you could win some great prizes from the event sponsors. Your entry includes a BBQ hotdog or veggie burger and cold beverages (beer/cider/pop) will be available for sale too.

View the full race schedule here, and follow the Big Chop on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more info.

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