Lake Norman to host Stand Up for the Catawba paddleboard races
Tuesday, May. 06, 2014

Lake Norman to host Stand Up for the Catawba paddleboard races

Stand-up paddleboarders from across the region are expected at the inaugural Stand Up for the Catawba races on Lake Norman this weekend.

The races and associated events are scheduled for May 9-10, with the Port City Club, 18665 Harborside Road, Cornelius, serving as the event headquarters.

My Aloha Paddle and Surf, which has locations in Mooresville and Cornelius, is the host, with proceeds from the event going to the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and the Charlotte chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

“After three years of promoting paddleboarding and introducing so many of our residents to the sport, it’s so exciting to host a WPA race here on Lake Norman,” event director Rob Bennett, the owner of My Aloha Paddle and Surf, said in a release.

The stand-up paddleboard races are being sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, with the pre-race meeting for all competitors at 8 a.m. May 10. Races will be held in the WPA’s elite and recreational divisions.

A kick-off party will be held 6-9 p.m. May 9 at the Port City Club, with proceeds going to the Surfrider Foundation. After the May 10 races, an awards ceremony will be held, followed by a luau featuring the Island Hula Girls.

For more information, email, or visit for registration information.

LKN TowBoatUS owner adds another lake

The owner of the TowBoatUS franchise covering Lake Norman has expanded his coverage area, adding a second lake in the Catawba River chain.

Derek DeBord, a U.S. Coast Guard-certified captain who has operated the Lake Norman water towing and salvage firm since 2012, opened a TowBoatUS operation on Lake Wylie, which spans the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

The Lake Wylie operation is based at River Hills Marina, where DeBord has based a 22-foot center-console work boat fully equipped for towing and salvage.

Boaters can contact TowBoatUS Lake Wylie on marine VHF channel 16, by calling direct at 704-200-1930 or calling the national BoatUS Dispatch Service at 800-391-4869. For more information on TowBoatUS services and annual plans, visit

LNSPS boating safety classes

The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron will hold four more boating safety classes for the public during 2014 at locations in the Lake Norman area.

Boating safety classes will be held May 31 at Denver Volunteer Fire Department’s main station, 3956 N.C. 16 North, Denver; June 28 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion St., Cornelius; and July 26 at Lake Norman Volunteer Fire Department, 1518 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Each class will run 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with a lunch break included. The classes cost $45 per person includes lunch and the course manual, and registration is required, either online at or by contacting Bob Yannacci at 516-547-7737 or

Upcoming events

The next meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 12 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.

The Lake Norman Yacht Club will host its annual Discover Sailing event the weekend of May 17-18.

The Yacht Club will hold the 14th annual Lake Norman Hospice Regatta May 30-June 1. Entries are being accepted for all keelboats that have a current PHRF rating; centerboard classes such as Flying Scots, Thistle, Multihull, Highlanders, Lasers and Sunfish; and for juniors competing in Sunfish, Lasers, 420s and Optimist classes.

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Bill? Email him at

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