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Charleston Watersports Week: The beginning of a good thing

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The Charleston Area Sports Commission (CASC) announced, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, “The Inaugural Charleston Watersports Week” (CWW) from the fifth to September 14.

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“The event series, according to the Moultrie News, a local Charleston newspaper, consists of water-based activities, competitive, recreational, instructional and leisurely, ranging from elite stand-up paddle boarding competitions to sunset excursions for groups. An expo will be held for three days at the Charleston Maritime Center and Charleston Harbor”

  • COMPETITIVE SPORTS includes Chucktown Showdown, Stand-Up Paddleboarding ELITE Races at Brittlebank Park.
  • RECREATIONAL SPORTS includes Dragon Boat Cancer Survivors Celebration Day at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island.
  • LEISURE ACTIVITIES includes Excursions, lessons, exhibitions, tours and cruises throughout the Charleston region.

Accordingly, the “Charleston Watersports Week aims to utilize the area’s natural environment while promoting one of the area’s best assets for sports activity, waterways and ocean fronts.”

Furthermore, “The initiative includes a unique combination of venues, accommodations, restaurants, attractions and tour operators spread across the Charleston area.”

The primary goal of the “Charleston Watersports Week is to provide an active getaway vacation for watersports enthusiasts and athletes after the summer’s peak tourism season.

Organizers, which involves local businesses, organizations and individuals providing a number of “on the water” options for visitors ready for a get-away vacation. A list of event organizers includes Charleston Area Sports Commission (CASC), which is an auxiliary organization of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB). It serves as the region’s central agency for sports development.

Tom O’Rourke, Director for CCPRC, serves as the Advisory Board Chair and Kathleen Cartland is the Executive Director. The CWW Local Organizing Committee is led by Event Chair, John Keener. John is owner/operator of the Charleston Crab House and serves on the CASC Advisory Board.

They will engage in a two-month marketing campaign that targets potential visitors in key markets. Charleston Restaurant Week and Charleston Beer Week will be held during the same time.

In addition, A Watersports EXPO will be located at one of our premier sports venues, Charleston Maritime Center, on Sept 12-14.

If interested in participating as an event organizer or expo vendor, contact the CASC at sports@explorecharleston.com. Activities and events are added daily at www.watersportsweek.com.

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