Annual Kayak Festival Kicks-Off in Two Harbors

By KBJR News 1

August 2, 2013 Updated Aug 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM CST

Two Harbors, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Two Harbors is gearing up for one of its largest festivals of the year, the 16th annual Kayak Festival. The event is expected to draw crowds and competitors from all across America.

The waters of Burlington Bay in Two Harbors may be calm on Friday, but come Saturday morning kayakers will come competing in the annual Two Harbors Kayak Festival.

"People from Australia, Canada, Montana, East Coast, West Coast they all come here for one reason and that's to experience Lake Superior," said festival director, Scott Neustel.

From the amateur to the elite, festival director Scott Nuestel says competitors will be in for a true North Shore experience.

"A lot of people come to the kayak festival they have never been in a kayak on Lake Superior so for a lot of people it's their first experience kayaking on Lake Superior," said Neustel.

Washington D.C. kayaker Brad Little, says the Potomac River can't hold a paddle to the shores of Lake Superior.

"I go from paddling the polluted Potomac River to be able to come out here and paddle this gorgeous lake, there's no experience like that," said competitor, Brad Little.

While kayaking is the name of the game, this year's festival features stand-up paddle boarding, drawing big interest and bringing in a new league of competitors.

"It's a sport that you can do by yourself but it's a lot more fun when you're doing it with a lot of other people around you."

So, whether you come to compete or retreat on the shores of Two Harbors this weekend, they'll be something for everyone.

In addition to the races the festival features youth kayak instructions, paddling clinics and kayak tours. The festival kicks off Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Jeremy Brickley
jbrickley@kbjr.com

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