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Tip of the Mitt Paddle Fest – 9/7 & 9/8

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Saturday 9/7 & Sunday 9/8
Aloha State Park – Cheboygan, MI


Tip of the Mitt Paddle Fest is a partnership between stand-up paddleboard manufacturer Green Veil Outdoor and the Michigan DNR to help raise awareness of Michigan’s beautiful inland waterway and state park system.  Tip of the Mitt is Saturday September 7th and Sunday September 8th at Aloha State Park in Cheboygan.

A benefit for the Top of Michigan Trails Council, this two-day event will feature a Saturday “Paddlerama” where paddlers will participate in a series of paddle events, including:  sprints, SUP jousts, SUP yoga, demos, races, and water safety programs on Mullett Lake at the beach of Aloha State Park.  Stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes are welcome.

Following a day on Mullett Lake, paddlers and the general public will converge to the shore for a camping, live music and craft beer festival, featuring some of the tastiest beers, local eateries, and bands from around the region.  Sunday will challenge paddlers with a 13-mile paddle from Aloha State Park through the inland waterway to the beach at Cheboygan State Park, including a paddle through and photo opportunity at the Cheboygan Locks.

The Top of Michigan Trails Council is a (501)(C)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to advocate and facilitate the development and maintenance of a safe, multi-use year-round recreational trail system in northern Michigan.  Currently there are over 288 miles of trails in the Council’s inventory.

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With the world’s best about to embark on the European Trilogy that starts next weekend in Oleron France (with stops in the Basque Country of Spain and Germany), we are proud to announce the U.S. Trilogy that will pick up at the end of August and hit three major markets in the USA.
The Trilogy will consist of the following flagship stops:

•The Chicago World Paddle Challenge that will kick off the Trilogy at the heart of Chicago from the 23rd – 25th August
•The America’s Cup of Standup Paddling will run from August 31st to the September 2nd (Labor Day weekend), and be an integral part of the America’s Cup Sailing event hosted by San Francisco City this summer
•The Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam will run from September 17th – 22nd and, like Brazil, will feature bothWorld Tour Surf and World Series Race events, making for a dramatic week of action

In addition to providing vital ranking points for the 2013 Standup World Series Title Race, the Trilogy Series will also boast the biggest prize-purse yet for any SUP event or series, and crown a Series Champion for both men and women.
The winning athletes will then be awarded stays for the World Championship Finals at Turtle Bay Resort, for the climactic culmination of the Standup World Series in October.

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Blog: Grand Traverse Bay Paddle Trip

IMG_1798This Memorial Weekend, I made my first of many expected paddleboard trips to the West Arm of the Grand Traverse Bay. Northern Lake Michigan is filled with beautiful coastlines and dunes (the microbreweries and wineries just add even more to the experience). Stand-up paddleboarding is rapidly growing in this area which is made obvious by the many SUP shops and rental locations around the bay. Because the bay is shielded to anything but a northerly wind, beginner paddlers can be comfortable most days. For the more adventurous paddler, you can hope for a down-winder and head south from Bowers Harbor toward downtown Traverse City. Even better, the TC Waterman Challenge in August runs the same 11 mile course and is a WPA certified race.

We decided to go out for a sunset paddle on Sunday. Our dog was left onshore since the first few lessons created more fear than enjoyment. After paddling a half mile down the shoreline, we found that he abandoned his canine friends on the dock to monitor our progress. By the time I got to shore, he jumped on the board for the first time without force. I strongly suggest using the same method when teaching your pet. Jealousy can be useful.

Next trip, I hope to paddle the Sleeping Bear Dunes on the open waters of Lake Michigan. If you have your own favorite locations to paddleboard, please send them to

Gardenia Bluegrass & Roots Festival to Benefit Camp Casey

Green Veil is excited to have a booth at the inaugural Gardenia Bluegrass & Roots Festival at the Royal Oak Farmers Market on Saturday April 13th.  Make sure you stop by and check out our boards!

Greensky Bluegrass will headline the event with their brand of progressive bluegrass that is taking the country by storm.    Also on the bill, Whiskey Shivers will make their debut in the Detroit roots scene.  Armed with a high-energy hillbilly-folk sound, the group was named “Act to See” at this year’s South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.  Completing the bill are Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and the Appleseed Collective.  The event will also feature a range of craft breweries and spirits from around the country, as there will be no shortage of suds to compliment the feet stomping.

Gardenia will benefit local charity, Camp Casey, a Royal Oak based charity who raises funds in support of horseback-riding programs for children fighting cancer.  Powered by generous donations and amazing volunteers, Camp Casey has helped spread the healing power of horses for over eight years.  The festival aims to draw attention to Michigan’s cultural roots by means of community gathering and dancing.  As one the sites of metro-Detroit’s food and mercantile co-operatives, The Royal Oak Farmer’s Market serves as the perfect venue for the festival’s theme of collective-roots and shared purpose.  Join us in celebrating Michigan artists and local philanthropy.

Tickets to the one-day event will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door.   Tickets are available at, UHF Records on 512 S. Washington in downtown Royal Oak and at the Farmers Market.  Doors open at 6pm.  Guests 21 and over are welcome.  See the Facebook event for additional information and links below for media from our featured artists.

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Globe Trading Building Construction to Begin

Construction is set to begin on the Globe Trading Building, future home of the Michigan DNR Outdoor Adventure facility.  This is such a great project and we couldn’t be more excited for this urban adventure warehouse!

The $12.8 million facility will house a ropes challenge course; an archery range; simulated experiences for kayaking, fishing and skeet shooting; and instructional and hands-on areas where visitors can learn lifelong outdoor skills such as pitching a tent or building a campfire.

Other center activities will focus on natural resources management, with sections on tree planting, erosion control, fish hatcheries, biology of a healthy stream, and simulated logging experiences. The intent here is to reach out to Michigan educators with “extended classroom” opportunities, offering integrated natural resources, biology and environmental lessons that will complement teachers’ learning plans.

Check out today’s Detroit Free Press article for more info!