May 12, 2016

Region 6 – Stand Up for Autism

We are excited to announce that Ray Evernham Enterprises with partner with My Aloha Paddle and Surf to host the 2016 Stand Up for Autism WPA Paddleboard race on Lake Norman.  This will be the 5th year that My Aloha Paddle and Surf has hosted an annual race on Lake Norman and we are looking forward to exceeding our previous year’s goal.  Help us raise $25,000 for the Ignite Foundation.

My Aloha Paddle and Surf, in partnership with 3-time NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham, will host the second annual Stand Up for Autism to benefit the IGNITE community center and the Autism Society of North Carolina on Lake Norman May 13-14, 2016, at Port City Club in Cornelius, NC.

The event will feature Elite and Recreational races, which are open to the general public. Limited paddleboard rentals will be available on a first-reserve basis. Paddleboard fitness demos will also be held. The race is sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA) and will be the second regional points race on Lake Norman.

“It is very exciting to see our local paddlers and the community participating to contribute to this important cause,” said Rob Bennett, event director and owner of My Aloha Paddle and Surf.

Stand Up for Autism will support IGNITE, a community center in Davidson for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. IGNITE offers activities, skills training, and educational workshops that foster social, financial, educational, and employment independence for its members. But most importantly, IGNITE offers a social environment in which members can connect with others and experience a sense of community. IGNITE is operated by the Autism Society of North Carolina and was founded in 2012 by NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham, whose son, Ray J, has Asperger’s Syndrome.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Rob and his team at My Aloha Paddle and Surf again this year to put on another great event,” said Evernham, who is a Lake Norman resident and paddleboard enthusiast. “It’s great to see the paddleboarding community come together to support IGNITE in such a meaningful way. I look forward to seeing everyone on the water May 14th!”

The event will begin Friday evening with a kickoff party from 6-9 p.m. at Port City Club, which will include food, beverages, music, and a live auction. On Saturday, the pre-race meeting will start at 8 a.m. with the WPA Region 6 sanctioned Elite and Recreational races to follow. The awards ceremony on the beach will begin at 11 a.m. and be followed by a luau featuring the Island Hula Girls along with island music, food, and fun activities for all ages.

To learn more about sponsoring or volunteering, please contact All event proceeds will benefit the IGNITE community center and the Autism Society of North Carolina.

To purchase tickets for the Friday evening Meet and Greet or Saturday Luau visit:



  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. A prevalence study by the CDC indicates as many as 1 in 58 8-year-old schoolchildren in North Carolina may be diagnosed with autism.
  • For more than 45 years, the Autism Society of North Carolina has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in North Carolina. ASNC works to directly improve the lives of individuals affected by autism by providing advocacy, education, and services.

For more information, call 1-800-442-2762 or visit


Paddle Board Events

6.5 Mile Elite Long Course

May 14th, 2016 7am-8am Check-in, 8:15 start

Cost:      $65.00         Includes a Race Day T-Shirt and a Luau Ticket

This registration price available until April 30, 2016.

Long Course Participant: A person that races frequently and maybe interested in competing at a higher level with better paddlers. This person can also manage and adapt to various water conditions like with waves, current and more difficult conditions on the open ocean.

Cash Prize is $500 for 1st place($250/Mens and $250/Womens)

Sponsor prizes to be announced

2.5 Mile – Recreational Race/Short Course

May 14th, 2016  7am-8am Check-in, 8:30 start

Cost:        $45.00       Includes a Race Day T-Shirt and a Luau Ticket

This registration price available until April 30, 2016.

1st Place Prize – Carbon fiber high performance Paddle – By Yolo and Pinnacle Paddles
Short Course Participant: A person that does not race on a regular basis or is just beginning to race in the sport and is also not interested in competing at a high level of competition. The racer most likely has not placed in the top 10 of their division in a race.

Sponsor Prizes-TBD

.5 mile Kids race under 14 years old
May 14th, 2016 7am -8am Check-in, 10:45 am start

Cost: $15.00