DETROIT, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit's aspiration to be among the top Stand Up Paddle (SUP) destinations in the country will be further solidified on August 12th. Defining Detroit surf culture since 2012, OABI (Once Around Belle Isle), pronounced Ō-'ÄB-Ē, is a 7-mile SUP, kayak and surfski race around Belle Isle taking place on August 12th. OABI will welcome two-time Olympic medalist, Larry Cain, back to the race again this year. The Motor City race is one of the most culturally rich events around.
Alongside the 6th annual race, OABI includes an all-day beach party with live music by notable "one man jam band" Keller Williams and Dead Again, a Detroit-based Grateful Dead tribute band. Recently receiving accolades as the number one brewery in America, Bell's Brewery will be the official beer sponsor for the event. Summit Sports will offer SUP classes and free demonstrations as part of its "Paddlerama" and Lolë will offer yoga classes. In addition, there will be local food trucks and vendors with Michigan-made goods.
"You might not expect Detroit to be such a draw for serious SUP racers but those who have come to OABI have loved the experience, the amazing Belle Isle scenery and all that Detroit has to offer," shares Matt Lennert, OABI 2017 Race Director. "I'm thrilled to help Detroit take its rightful place as a leading SUP destination that will only further contribute to its revitalization."
Advance tickets for OABI 2017 start at $20 and can be purchased at www.oabidetroit.com. Children 12 and under are free. A portion of proceeds from OABI 2017 will benefit our nonprofit partner Detroit's own Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program.
OABI draws a community of people from around the country to take in the unique urban beach setting in the heart of Detroit. With live music all day along with award-winning craft beer, food and talented local vendors, OABI is the best of what Detroit has to offer. Everyone at OABI gets to experience Detroit surf culture first hand.
SOURCE OABI LLC