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Paddleboard Tournament for Broward Children’s Center


By Joseph Yacino

On a sunny day just north of the Pompano Pier, participants gathered at 6am. There were 16 in all, along with 15 vendors. They were all showing their support for  the Broward Children’s Center in the 2nd annual “Cast for Kids” fishing tournament.

The event was sponsored by Board Sports Productions and Ark Boards along with the cooperation of the city.  Last year the event raised around $1,200.00. This year there was a significant increase, with the benefit bringing in $3,200.00. This says a lot about our community, especially in these very tough economic times.

A stand up paddleboard fishing tournament had never been done in the area before last year.  Paddle boards resemble surf boards but are longer.

All participants have to be 18 years of age or older and possess a valid recreational fishing license for the State of Florida. The cost to register was $50.00 in advance and $60.00 the day of the event. The point of the contest is to see who can catch the most fish, and the largest, both in the individual and group sections.

Spectators attended for free. There was also live entertainment, a live raffle and an after party.

If you got a bit warm you were even able to have a free paddleboard lesson.  How great is that?

Winners this year were:
Most Fish Individual Class:
John Watkins & Phil Schulte-2 fish each
Most Fish Team Class: Team GSD-6 fish
Biggest Fish Individual Class: John Watkins-9.3 lbs Bonita
Biggest Fish Team Class: Stihl Tight-13.5 lbs Barracuda

We can only hope that next year the $3,200.00 can be doubled again.  Thank you to all that participated in raising this money.

Second Annual “Cast for Kids” Stand-up Paddleboard Fishing Tournament

Cast For Kids

Contact: Lisa Emken

On Saturday June 25th, paddleboarders, surfers and fishermen alike can simply cast a line to support community children with special needs during the 2nd Annual “Cast for Kids” Stand-up Paddleboard Fishing Tournament.

The annual tournament is presented by ARK Boards and to raise funds for Broward Children’s Center’s educational, therapeutic, and medical programs for children with special needs.

“As a local nonprofit organization, we are very grateful to have the support of our community. During these difficult economic times we are fortunate that we can count on civic-minded individuals to help fund critical services and programming for some of the most at-risk children in the nation,” said CEO Marjorie Evans.

The tournament will see participants turn paddleboards and surf boards into eco-friendly fishing platforms to compete in capturing the largest fish, the most fish, and the highest overall total weight. Spectators and participants will enjoy a post-event party, food and refreshments for purchase, music, awards ceremony, and the chance to win fantastic raffle prizes. The tournament will begin and end at the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier located on Ocean Boulevard in Pompano Beach.

Pre-registration is $50.00 and $60.00 the day of the event, while admission is free for spectators. The tournament begins at 6:00am with a Bimini start, weigh-in at 12:00pm, and an awards ceremony and after party beginning at 1:00pm.

Last year’s winners reeled in a 10.9 pound King Mackerel in the individual category and a 15.5 pound Bonita in the team category. Winners received plaques, fishing rods, apparel, and of course bragging rights for winning a one-of-a-kind event.

For information on how to sign up and help local youth and their families please contact Board Sports Productions at 561.509.9665 or .

For more than 40 years, Broward Children’s Center has been providing medical, educational, and advocacy services to infants, children, and young adults with special needs.