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.