The Water Monkey Spring Fling SUP Race – Tampa Bay Florida, Saturday April 16th

    St. Petersburg, FL April 11, 2011 – Stand up paddle racing is back in Tampa Bay. Water Monkey, an exciting and innovative stand up paddle boarding company, is hosting a stand up paddle race that will be fun for the whole family this weekend.  The Water Monkey Spring Fling will offer paddlers of all skill levels the opportunity to get out on the water and compete. “Anyone can race in the Water Monkey Spring Fling. There are always a few paddlers that have never been on a board before our races and end up racing. That is the beauty of the sport,” says Water Monkey owner, Chase Kosterlitz.
    Stand up paddle boarders will be traveling from across the state of Florida for Saturday’s race. There will be a 3.5-mile recreational race and a 7-mile elite race for beginners and advanced paddlers. Participants can race regular stand up paddle boards or race specific boards. Regular ‘surfboard shape’ SUP boards will make up the stock division. Race boards are designed for speed and will be categorized by size in 12’6, 14’, and unlimited classes. Awards will be given to the top finishers in each board category.
    The event will take place at Whiskey Joe’s located directly on Tampa Bay. The event location has a sandy beach with a protected cove for an easy flat water launch area. Whiskey Joe’s also has new beach cabanas for all attendees to get out of the heat and relax on the beach. The day’s activities include stand up paddle racing, board demos, live music, food and drink.
    “Whiskey Joe’s is excited to offer our location as a venue for the Water Monkey Spring Fling stand up paddle race. Stand up paddle boarding is a new and exciting sport that we are happy to be a part of. We have worked with Water Monkey in the past and are eager to host many more events in the future” said Martin Duffany, General Manager at Whiskey Joe’s.
    The Water Monkey Spring Fling will take place at Whiskey Joe’s located at 7720 West Courtney Cambell Cswy in Tampa, Florida.  Both the 7-mile and 3.5 mile races will start at 11 a.m. Registration is $40 per person and includes lunch, drink, and race t-shirt. Participants can register the day of the race starting at 10 a.m. or online at
    For more information visit, call Water Monkey at 727-481-3637, or email
    About Water Monkey
    The vision of professionally sponsored stand up paddler, Chase Kosterlitz, Water Monkey was founded in 2009 to provide services in stand up paddle boarding and kiteboarding to the Clearwater, St. Pete, and Tampa Bay areas. After a collegiate basketball career, Chase became an avid boarder-dedicated to living and promoting an active lifestyle on the water. A Water Monkey is defined as one who lives this active lifestyle in and around the water; not defined by the style with which they participate, but by the passion they have for living a water life. Water Monkey offers introduction SUP lessons, eco-tours, stand up paddle fitness classes, and advanced instruction. For more information visit, or call 727-481-3637.

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