LAFAYETTE, LA – Make a weekend of paddling in the heart of Cajun Country. Beginning April 6th is the Top of the Teche race. The 7.7 mile course is open to all skill levels and follows the Teche Bayou from Leonville to Arnaudville in St. Landry Parish. After the race enjoy historic Breaux Bridge or take the family for a swamp tour in Henderson. The next day brings the Shark Bayou Blast, Acadiana’s newest paddling race. Held Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Cypremort Point State Park, the event gives paddlers a blend of protected and open water paddling through Shark Bayou, out into Weeks Bay and into Vermillion Bay. The course offers a 10 or 20 mile loop and is open to all skill levels. This is a fantastic event for spectators as they can enjoy the waterfront of Cypremort Point
State Park Beach and Louisiana’s majestic wildlife. Cabins are available for rent at the park. Visit their website for details. Crayke Windsor, lead organizer of Shark Bayou Blast states, “we scheduled SBB next to Top of the Teche to give paddling enthusiasts (amature and proffessionals alike) a reason to come to Acadiana for the weekend. The two races complement each other and offer a unique perspective of the area. The intent of SBB race was to offer paddlers a variety of paddling conditions within one event. When in the bayou, paddlers will be in protected, calm waters. However, when entering Weeks and Vermillion Bay, paddlers should be prepared to negotiate wind and small waves, depending on tide, wind speed, and direction.”
More information and registration can be found online at https://tourduteche.com/races/top-of-the-teche/ & www.laTRAIL.org/shark-bayou-blast/ and boat rentals are available on www.laTRAIL.org.
Both races are open to all human-powered boats. Boat classes include Kayak/Surfski, Canoe/Outrigger, SUP, and Pedal. Visit the aforementioned websites for more details on boat classes. Participants must come prepared with a life jacket.
About TRAIL: Transportation Recreation Alternatives in Louisiana, better known as TRAIL, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a better community that promotes healthier lifestyles and an appreciation for the native environment. The organization builds and maintains parks, paths, and trails for hiking, walking, biking, and paddling. TRAIL works with governments, individuals, and businesses to create a more desirable place to live, work and visit.
TRAIL also produces a number of outdoor running, cycling, and paddling events with the dual purpose of getting the community outdoors and active and to help raise money for the organization’s projects. For more information on TRAIL’s mission, events or projects, visit www.laTRAIL.org
About Tour Du Teche:
Tour du Teche has been an economic engine for communities along Bayou Teche, a regional tourist attraction, and an effective program for promoting and protecting the bayou as a natural and
cultural resource. Since the race began, Bayou Teche has been designated a National Paddle Trail by the U.S. Park Service and a National Water Trail by the U.S. Interior Department.
The Top of the Teche race benefits the work of the Arnaudville Chamber of Commerce and the Leonville Volunteer Fire Department.