Santa Monica Pier Race & Ocean Fest

Santa Monica Pier, Saturday June 9, 2012


Santa Monica Paddleboard Race in 2011, with lots of history behind its back.


SANTA MONICA, California – The world famous Santa Monica Pier and the Honolua Surf Co. kick off the summer of 2012 with the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival, featuring ocean swims, SUP and paddleboard races, dory competitions, live music and a surfing, lifeguard and paddleboard "museum for the day."


The event is a benefit for Heal the Bay and its public marine education facility, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Heal the Bay will receive a portion of net proceeds from the event. The waterman "museum for the day" on the pier deck will feature antique surfboards, paddleboards and lifeguard equipment. Paddleboard racing was a popular Santa Monica sport in the 1940s with two paddleboard clubs headquartered on the pier.


The family fun happens all day on Saturday, June 9th, from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Don't miss it! To receive ongoing updates about the event or for general questions, drop us an email at: info@pierpaddle.com.


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Sponsors and Exhibitors


Help support this event with a sponsorship or by participating in our paddleboard and gear exhibition on the deck of the world famous Santa Monica Pier. To recieve a sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities package email


CONTACT: Barrett Tester

(949) 276-4431x2176



Race Information & Courses:


All races start and finish on the sand immediately south of the pier.


The standup paddle and traditional or prone paddleboard races feature a 5.5 mile long course and 2 mile Fun Paddle, both of which take paddlers around the historic Santa Monica Pier and hug the coast. The "Luck-of-the-Draw" SUP-only 4-person relay will pit teams of paddlers against each other. Each team is assigned an elite paddler and the three other paddlers will be drawn at random.


The 1-mile ocean swim goes to the end of the pier and then runs a loop to the south, staying close to the shore line. The Run-Swim-Run will also start and finish on the south side of the pier. For the dory competition, area lifeguards will row fiberglass rescue boats in both a 1 mile sprint and a crowd-pleasing 3 lap race through the surf. Registration is now open for the dory event, which is presented with the National Doryman's Association.


Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival

DATE: June 9, 2012

LOCATION: Santa Monica Pier



Last modified onSaturday, 26 May 2012 21:41

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