The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival on June 8th, 2013 is an annual all-day, family friendly celebration of decades of surf, paddleboard and lifeguard history. The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard & Ocean Festival benefits Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and its public marine education facility. Heal the Bay will receive a portion of net proceeds from the event. Partake in the kids beach, ocean, waterway stewardship and trivia contests. Help raise money for Heal the Bay. Become a "friendraiser" HERE.
Registration May 18 - June 6
Late Registration June 7 - Race day
For specific questions please email email@example.com. The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival has a NO REFUND POLICY.
*Schedule subject to change. Please visit www.pierpaddle.com for most up to date information.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
6:45 am Race Registration Opens on Pier
7:45 am Hawaiian Blessing
8:00 am One Mile Ocean Swim
8:45 am Lifeguard Dory Race – One Mile Sprint
9:00 am Paddleboard Group Photo #1
9:15 am Paddleboard & SUP 5.5 Mile Long Course & Elite Race
9:25 am Juniors 250 Meter Swim
9:30 am Live Hula Performances Start
10:15 am Awards - Swims
10:30 am Beer Garden and Rum Lounge Opens
10:30 am Youth Beach Competitions Start
10:45 am Pre-Race Clinic for Fun Paddle
11:00 am Run-Swim-Run
11:40 am Lifeguard Dory - Surf Race
11:45 am Group Paddleboard Photo on Beach #2
12:00 pm Paddleboard & SUP Two Mile Fun Paddle
1:00 pm Youth Soft-top Surfboard Race
1:30 pm Luck of the Draw SUP Relay Race
1:45 pm Tommy Bahama Team Challenge SUP Relay Cup
2:30 pm Awards - Run-Swim-Run, Long Course, Fun Paddle & Dory
2:45 pm Raffle for Competitors - Must be Present to Win
3:00 pm Live Music with the FuDogs
3:15 pm Final Awards - Elite Race and SUP Relays
3:30 pm Live Music with the FuDogs
Competitors: Mandatory pre-race briefings will be held on the sand 30 minutes prior to all paddleboard, SUP and swim races. You must have completed registration or check-in and be present in order to race.
- Paddleboard & Sup Races
- Elite Long Course
- Ocean Swims & Lifeguard Dory Races
- Youth Beach Challenge
- Pop-Up Museum of Antique Surfboards and Paddleboards, Historic Photographs, Artifacts and Authors
- Heal the Bay Ocean Stewardship Trivia Contests
- Classic Cars from California Beach Culture
Fun, fun fun!
- Live Bands
- Hula Dance Troupes
- Beer Garden on the Pier Deck
Paid competitors receive a one-of-a-kind event t-shirt, complimentary lunch and hydrating refreshments.
- Top 3 Male and Female Winners receive unique Koa bowls each division
- Awesome post event grub for all athletes
- Bring the family and spend the day on the Pier!
Warning: All of our races involve a “beach start” meaning that racers will have to navigate in and out of the surf zone. For everyone’s safety, we encourage all racers to make certain they have significant experience with launching from the beach through ocean waves. We encourage novice and even intermediate paddlers to take one or more classes with a certified instructor.
Pre-Race Group Training - Invite a Friend to Join You Race
First-timer or want to improve your skills before race day? Join group training with some of LA's most experienced, highly trained SUP coaches and be a part of the 2013 Pier Paddle SUP Club. Members get 50% off SUP lessons, rentals, workouts and race training events from now until our race in June at the Santa Monica Pier. Get your feet wet and join a community of like-minded, water enthusiasts who want to try SUP for the first time or take their SUP skills to the next level.
Come out every Wednesday night from 7pm to 9pm for a sunset paddle -- get tips from the Pros, workout while you work on your stroke and have fun! (usual price $45 --$22.50 for club members)
Starting Sunday March 17th and every other Sunday until the race -- join us from 12:30pm to 1:30pm for technique and race training: intro to advanced instruction, race strategy; stroke drills; SUP fun with paddlers who love to be on the water and want to try their first race or take their racing to the next level! ($55 or $27.50 for club members)
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