By Bobby Mitchell

One of the most unique events in Detroit –  OABI (Once Around Belle Isle) – returns to Belle Isle Beach on Saturday, August 13, 2016.  A limited supply of reduced-price early bird tickets are available before the standard advance ticket sale begins Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

OABI offers a world-class paddle sports race, beginner friendly paddlerama, a vendor village, local food trucks, craft beer and live music.

The Opportunity Detroit OABI race is a 7-mile paddle race for standup paddleboards, kayaks, and surfskis around Belle Isle.  This year the men’s and women’s SUP winners will each receive a Detroit-manufactured bike courtesy of Detroit Bikes.


For less experienced paddlers not ready to brave the challenging course, Moosejaw Paddlerama offers beginner-friendly paddle classes, demos, and games on the beach.

If you’re not ready to try paddle boarding, there’s plenty to enjoy on dry land.  Partiers can expect a diverse lineup of New Belgium brews and an assortment of fare from local food trucks–like Detroit BBQ Co., Cheese Street, El Charro and Drifter Coffee–will also be available for purchase.

For more information about the event, visit



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