The temperatures are set to soar to the triple digits this weekend but something cool is coming to Folsom’s Lake Natoma. It’s the return for Paddlesplash, a three-day event that is all about just what is in its name, paddling, splashing and throw in a whole lot of fun.

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Beginning Friday and running through Sunday, this annual event is focused around competitive paddle boarding and with three distances to choose there is a race for everyone. This year’s event offers 2-mile, 5-mile and 8-mile options. The event also offers a kids short course race for the little ones that love the sport but can’t quite take on the distance just yet. 

Presented by Nor Cal Sup in cooperation with California State Parks, this event takes at the Nimbus Flat State Recreation Area, accessible at 1912 Hazel Avenue near the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. In addition to the various paddle boarding competitions, the event offers yoga on the water, board demonstrations and more.

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“Lake Natoma is one of the most beautiful lakes in Northern California and a paddlers paradise,” reads the event description from NorCal Sup. “The entire lake is a five miles per hour zone, there is no current and both sides of the lake are protected from wind. These water conditions are perfect for the Elite paddler to see how fast they really can go and the beginner paddlers can try out racing in “glass” conditions.”

Paddlesplash raises funds a variety of community outreach programs for Foster and At Risk youth as well as underserved members of the community. The organizers are a 501c3 Charity promoting Water Safety and access to all through the sport of PaddleBoarding. 

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The event starts at 8 a.m. on event days. For entry information, pricing and sign ups you can go to the EVENT WEBSITE HERE. In addition to registration fees, an entry fee into the park is required at the gate. 

*Paddlesplash photo courtesy of Choose Folsom

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Kayla Thomas
Author: Kayla Thomas