Monday July 02, 2012 | 08:10 AM


Is your horse exhibiting symptoms of exhaustion (lethargy, despondency, panting) during and after jousting tournaments?

Are lance repair costs becoming a financial burden?

Are you often sore from long hours in the saddle?

Why not save a horse and ride a paddleboard in a Paddleboard Jousting Tournament?

Yes, it's jousting. On a paddleboard. Your horse will appreciate the reprieve.

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This seemingly incongruous event takes place at the annual Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show in Rockland on August 11 (the show runs from August 10-12). The event, sponsored by Thorfinn Expeditions, pits paddle against paddle, jouster against gravity. Participants will paddle to meet their opponent, then attempt to knock one another off their boards and into the water. No one is expected to stay upright for long, according to organizers.

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The "lances" will have ample padding and all jousters must wear a PFD and helmet. (Equipment will be supplied by Thorfinn. But you must supply the witty, smart and/or ironic jousting name and costume yourself.) Participants must register in advance to participate, and registration closes on July 6. That means your jousting name and $25 needs to find its way to Stacey, the event organizer, as soon as possible.

For more information or to register, contact Stacey: stacey@maineboats.com

For more information on the tournament: maineboats.com/boatshow/visitors/paddleboard-jousting

For a sample of what to expect, check out this video of paddleboard jousters elsewhere in the country:

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Shannon Bryan, content producer for MaineToday Media, likes exploring Maine - from mattress races to cardboard boats, she's into the weird stuff.

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