Mostly we get asked where to stay:
Pull up a map of the coast of Maine. With Camden in the middle, if you stay anywhere from Rockland in the south up through Belfast in the north, you’ll be good. At a maximum it will be a 20 minute, very pretty drive to anything you’ll be doing at the SUP CUP. Maybe a bit more, but hassle free for sure.
If you are looking to save some money, camping at nearby Camden Hills State Park is really nice (207) 236-3109. Probably best to book sooner.
Best bets are these zillions of tiny little hotels and motels dotting the coast. The Cedar Crest is right in Camden. So is the cute little Towne Motel, though it doesn’t have many rooms. The Country Inn in Rockport ain’t bad. The Tradewinds is our big hotel in Rockland. There are ten zillion inn’s along route 1 along the coast, like the Black Horse.
As a rule, people around here are really nice. If the place you call is booked, ask what’s available. Most stuff up here is done the old fashioned way, by phone. So don’t get frustrated if you don’t see something on the Interwebs. It might not be on the Interwebs.
What to Bring:
Board (touring or race board — no rec boards for the elite distance races). To qualify for awards then you need to paddle either a 12’6″ and 14′. Unlimited boards are welcome but they do not qualify for the goodies.
Required gear – wearable pfd, leash, whistle
Highly recommended – hydration pack, energy, cellphone in a waterproof bag, sunscreen. Also, the water is cold here so bring assorted paddle clothing. The past two years we have been racing in shorts and a t-shirt, but the weather can be cool so be prepared.