The Body Glove CaluSUP Race is a WPA “World Paddle Association” sanctioned, elite seven-mile Stand-Up Paddleboard race in the Gulf of Mexico. Slated for Saturday, May 5 the CaluSUP will draw Stand up Paddlers to Fort Myers Beach’s newest water sport event.
The one-day event benefitting Lee County Special Olympics includes a one-mile recreational race, a family fun race, free demonstrations for the public and paddle activities. Festivities run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5th at Crescent Beach Family Park. Located at 1100 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach it is the newest beach park in Lee County Parks & Recreation.
The Body Glove CaluSUP Race is inspired by the Calusa Indians that once thrived throughout South Florida’s coastal waters. Known as the shell people, the Calusa waterman skills were essential to their daily activities until their extinction in the late 1700’s. This event celebrates the fast-growing water sport of Stand-Up Paddle boarding as well as Lee County’s 190-mile canoe, kayak and SUP trail in the Great Calusa Blueway. The Southwest Florida SUP Club is organizing the event partnering with Body Glove and Lee County Parks & Recreation with 60% of all proceeds benefitting the Lee County Special Olympics.
The Body Glove CaluSUP Race is held in conjunction with Fort Myers Based Body Glove Footwear’s launch of the 3tbarefoot, their newest innovation in water sports footwear.