By David Volz
The Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer SLAM series and a Sunshine Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Series race took place in Pompano Beach. The event included 170 kayak anglers and about 100 Stand Up Paddle Board racers.
The Kayak anglers competed for cash prizes, kayaks and awards. “We have been doing this for four years and we are now the biggest kayak fishing tournament. We have junior competitors and people of all ages. We also have a fun beach festival,” said Maria Hector, one of the organizers of the event.
John McKroid, who won fourth place, enjoyed the chance to participate in the event. He caught Kingfish. “This was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the experience,” he said.
Lance Irvine took third place and also enjoyed the tournament. “I caught a 17.2 pound Wahoo. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the tournament,” he said.
The Stand Up Paddle Board race was divided into an elite race, which was six miles, and a recreational race, which was three miles. There were competitors of all ages and abilities. The youngest was age 12 and the oldest was age 75. Victoria Burgess won the elite women’s race and enjoyed the experience. “I liked being a part of this race,” she said.
Janice Nott finished second in the recreation division. “This race was awesome and I really enjoyed being a part of it,” she said.