The Mission of the inaugural Buffalo Paddle Festival is to bring awareness to the recreational opportunities on Buffalo’s Waterfront and to promote environmental awareness and stewardship for its waterfront. Proceeds from the event will benefit WNY Adaptive Water Sports a 501 (c)(3) local chapter of Disabled Sports USA organized to promote and advocate water recreation for the disabled.
The Buffalo Paddle Festival will be held Saturday July 12, 2014 (Sunday July 13, 2014 alternate date due to weather cancellation) and include approximately a competitive race and recreational races for Kayaking, Canoeing, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding within the harbor of Gallagher Beach. Awards and swag will be given to the top three winners in each division for both long and short races. WNY Adaptive Water Sports will hold demonstrations of adaptive paddling and other water sports activities for the disabled. In addition, Paths, Peaks & Paddles, Buffalo Paddle Board Co and City Of Light Fitness will hold Kayak, Canoe, and Stand Up Paddle Board demonstrations, provide rentals, and fitness classes.
This Sunday June 29 at 10:30 am, The Bert Miller Club will be laying out board walks at Pleasant Beach to help keep beach-goers from trampling the beach grass on the fragile sand dunes.
The board walks were made by Mr. Teal’s class at Lakeshore Catholic High and funding was provided by the Ministry of the Environment’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.
If you are interested in coming out to help, please bring a shovel, rake, broom and hammer – or any one or a combination of these items.
The Wyldewood Surf Club will be hosting a Beach Clean-up of Pleasant Beach in conjunction with International Surfing Day 2014.
This celebration helps bring in the summer, while sharing our passion for surf culture and the delicate beauty of our environment.
Come fill up some trash bags, chat with some of the guys and gals, have a couple adult beverages, and grill up some meat (vegetarians also accommodated).
If you surf this spot, come give back to the residents that allow us to use their beach. If you don't surf and you're just a super awesome person, help pay it forward to the locals and to the environment.
Surf and Skate vendors will be present along with local media.