School’s out! Things generally are a bit slower at work, and our warmer weather is to be embraced after a long hard winter! We have been busy planning plenty of outdoor activities for you and your family to get outside and enjoy the Upper Peninsula summer! Here’s a few ideas on how to make the most of the summer months.
E-Bike Extravaganza - Houghton
June 3rd 10-3pm (rain date June 4th)
Join the staff at Down Wind Sports Houghton for our E-Bike Extravaganza to learn about and test ride e bikes! June 3rd from 10-3pm we will be set up at Bridgeview Park with all of the latest ebikes from Giant Bicycle. If you have it, please bring your bike helmet and drivers license to check out a bike. We will have a limited number of helmets for those who don’t own one yet.
Kayak & SUP Try and Buy Sale
Saturday June 24th Tourist Park Marquette 9-3pm
Sunday June 25th Sandy Bottom Beach Dollar Bay 9-3pm
Join us for a fun day of demoing stand up boards, kayaks and fishing kayaks! This is your opportunity to test paddle the new 2023 Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards from all of the leading manufacturers. Manufacturer reps from Native Kayaks, Hurricane Kayaks, Eddyline Kayaks, Wilderness Systems Kayaks, NSP and Surf Tech Stand Up Boards will be attending.
Yoop Dog Yoga - Munising Store
Every Wednesday Evening
Join Down Wind Sports employee and Yoop Dog Yoga founder Angela Miller as she hosts a weekly community yoga class at Down Wind Sports Munising, 6:30pm at our Munising location. This gentle practice is for everyone and is 100% donation base with half of the donations will go to the Munising Bay Trail Network!
Mountain Bike Group Rides - Munising
Who wants to ride? Every Thursday all summer long, at 6:30pm, Down Wind Sports Munising will host weekly Thursday MTB rides at our Munising location. These will be no-drop, slow paced rides featuring the MBTN City Trails. Rides will last 75-90 minutes and conclude at Eh Burger or Border Grill. Rides will be cancelled if it is raining or the trails are wet. You can confirm whether the weekly ride is a go by calling the shop at 906-387-8020 See you there!
WILDERNESS WORKSHOP SERIES
Join us for our Wilderness Workshop Series, a collection of immersive and informative clinics designed to deepen your knowledge and skills in the great outdoors. Each workshop is thoughtfully crafted to provide practical insights, hands-on learning experiences, and expert guidance on various wilderness topics. Whether you're a beginner seeking to learn essential skills or an experienced adventurer looking to expand your repertoire, our Wilderness Workshop Series offers a dynamic platform to explore, learn, and thrive in the wilderness. Embark on this journey of outdoor education and join a community of passionate outdoor enthusiasts dedicated to the art of wilderness exploration and stewardship.
Boy Scout Troop Backpacking Education: June 28th 7pm Marquette Join Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker Tosh Blosser on June 28th at 7pm for an exclusive Boy Scout Troop Backpacking Education event at Down Wind Sports in Marquette, MI. Designed specifically for Boy Scouts, this educational session will cover all aspects of backpacking, from gear selection to trip planning and Leave No Trace principles. Tosh will provide valuable insights and practical tips to help scouts embark on successful backpacking adventures while fostering a love for the outdoors. Don't miss this opportunity to empower your troop with the knowledge and skills needed for memorable and safe backpacking experiences.
Get Your Race On!
The Upper Peninsula hosts some of the top mountain bike races in the Midwest and we are proud to be a part of them. Need fuel? We stock plenty for your training rides and during race day. We also have a large selection of hydration packs and some of the sharpest local Upper Peninsula bike jerseys. Our bike shop is also open 7 day a week and our mechanics are all set to get you race ready for the season!
Need a challenge? Check out these amazing race weekends in the U.P.!
June 23-25th – Marquette Trails Fest - Marquette
July 15th – Rough Stuff Ralley - Copper Harbor
August 12th – Ore to Shore - Marquette
September 1-3 – Copper Harbor Trails Fest - Copper Harbor
September 9th – Mountain Goat Mash – Munising
September 15-17th – Margi Gesick - Marquette