Put on by the Charleston Area Sports Commission, the second annual Charleston Water SportsFest is a seven-day festival that includes a variety of water-related activities, including competitive sports, recreational sports, instructional lessons and leisure activities. Among the activities are stand-up paddleboard races, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon, dragon boat races, kayaking, fly-fishing school, sailing instruction, surfing lessons and a swim around Charleston. A calendar of events and other information, including participation fees for various activities, is available at charlestonwatersportsfest.com.
Charleston Waterkeeper, an organization whose mission is to protect, promote and restore the quality of Charleston’s waterways while ensuring the public’s right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters, will hold its sixth annual Water Ball Sept. 17 at the Cigar Factory. Tickets are $85. The organization also is raffling a 2015 191 Bay Scout boat with a 90-horsepower Yamaha outboard and a Magic Tilt trailer. Tickets are $100 and when you buy three, the fourth ticket is free. Visit charlestonwaterkeeper.org.
The second annual Adaptive Recreation Expo will showcase a variety of adaptive sports and leisure activities for people with physical limitations. On Saturday, Sept. 26, a Wheel to Surf adaptive surfing clinic will be held at Folly Beach County Park. Admission is free but registration is required in order to participate. On Sept. 27, the expo will move to James Island County Park and include yoga, archery, paddling, fishing and climbing. American Canoe Association-certified Adaptive Paddling instructors will assist participants with adapting watercraft to fit their needs. There also will be wheelchair basketball and wheelchair dance demos, and participants can take advantage of a nature tour and experience hand cycling. The expo will feature vendors on site who will offer expert information, demonstrations and equipment. Admission to the Adaptive Recreation Expo is free with regular gate admission into James Island County Park ($1 per person), but participants are encouraged to register to ensure the availability of equipment. Visit charlestoncountyparks.com or call (843) 795-4386.
Extremely high tides signal the arrival of a favorite time for Lowcountry wing shooters — marsh hen hunting season. Hunters can pole their boats through the shallows to flush marsh hens — including king, clapper, sora and Virginia rails — and common moorhens and purple gallinules from Sept. 26-Oct. 1 and Oct. 25-Dec. 27. The daily bag limit is 15 birds for king and/or clapper rails and moorhens and/or purple gallinules and 25 for sora and/or Virginia rails. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. Visit dnr.sc.gov/hunting.html for information.