Mission Accomplished!

We had a mission… to unite our community in peace, love and paddling through a charitable and inclusive event.  To combine our efforts, contributions, and energy to give back to something bigger than ourselves. To inspire others to be the change they want to see in the world, starting a ripple effect. 

But we created more than ripples… collectively, we made waves… mission accomplished!  

Yesterday went down to Orlando and raced in the Lake Mary Jane Paddlefest put on by Wave of Wellness. Was an absolutely fun 6 mile race...The amount of incredible racers that showed up was pretty cool. Paddleboard racing is very competitive however it’s a community of people who enjoy the sport and make everyone feel like they are part of the community…
— Jennifer James, Saltwater to Sunshine Adventures, Fort Walton Beach, FL

This year’s festival began with a lakeside happy hour party complete with a meet and greet, sunset paddle and SUP clinic.  Race day boasted 6 courses to satisfy a variety of paddling levels, ages, craft and styles. Including prize money purses for the solo 10k technical course and drag race sprint, a 10k Hippies Relay where partners transitioned off a floating island, a 1 mile Green course for beginner racers, a free kids Nugget race for the future of our sport, and the super fun and always comical, Tug Life Relay.  Spectators and participants were entertained all day with the Red Bull Soundtruck, giant slip n slide, live music, Tahitian dancers, hydrofoil lessons and more. The raffle was stacked with high end prizes like a stand up paddleboard, surfboard, skateboard, paddles and more. We completed the festivities on Sunday Funday with a tour of the beautiful Rainbow River, snorkeling and paddling in the sunshine, amongst crystal clear water.

Wave of Wellness, you create such an amazing event year after year. The vibe you and your team of volunteers create gets better and better. The Tahitian dancers was a highlight for sure! I love this race! I’ve only missed it one year in the last 5, due to back surgery. If you haven’t been to a Lake Mary Jane race yet, mark your calendar for next year. It is definitely one of the best races in Florida!
— Kim Barnes, Flying Fish Paddleboards Athlete, Jupiter, FL

2019 Race Features

  • 86 race registrants

  • Approximately 200 people in attendance (non sponsors/vendors)

  • 10 vendors, 15 sponsors

  • Donated to Orlando Surfrider Foundation

2019 Race Results & Media

Albert Cichra Builders Mo'Money Drag Race:
1st Kim Barnes and Eri Tenório

Kids Nugget Race:
1st , 2nd , 3rd

Tug Life Relay:
1st Team Maddie Miller and Dylan Geiger

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A heartfelt and genuine thanks to all who participated - from spectators to athletes, volunteers to vendors, sponsors to donators - we appreciate you and we couldn’t have done it without you. And special thanks to our benefiting charity, Orlando Surfrider, for selflessly saving our waterways - we love you!

2019 Vendors and Sponsors

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Save the Date:

9th Annual Lake Mary Jane Paddlefest: September 18-20, 2020

Lake Mary Jane Paddlefest 2019 was a real treat as always to attend. Still one of our favorite races. It was great seeing everyone and sharing in the paddle stoke together. Thank you Jessica Cichra, Jessica Melger, and all the volunteers for putting on a race that brings in so much love of our sport. We really appreciate it. All the athletes showed some real grit out there pushing hard in the winds and chop. Can’t wait until next year!
— Rachel Ferguson, Chasin' a Dream Photography, Jupiter, FL