May 30, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race, Ocean Festival Returns Saturday:

The fifth annual Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival returns this Saturday, June 7.

The 2013 Pier Paddle stood out for having the largest surf of any of the previous years when an uncharacteristically large summer swell sent 10-foot waves crashing onto Santa Monica Beach.

The huge surf cranked up the excitement for participants in the events, and for the thousands of spectators who lined the pier screaming with excitement every time competitors came in or out through the surf zone.

The swell peaked just in time for the Tommy Bahama Cup, a relay race that required teams of four to sprint out through the surf, around a short course of buoys and back to the beach as quickly as possible before handing off to the next team member.

“The Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival is a really special signature event that blends the Pier’s long history with contemporary trends in action sports and fitness,” said S. Jay Farrand, administrator of the Santa Monica Pier Corporation. “Between the entertainment, the family activities and the epic competition, it really takes advantage of the whole environment.”

Tommy Bahama, the popular beach lifestyle brand, will return for the second year as the presenting sponsor.

This year, the all day event will feature an expanded slate of new events, including, most notably, a multi-round Tommy Bahama Paddlecross competition where racers sprint out through the surf, around a short quarter to half-mile course, and back to the beach.

The top half of each heat moves forward in elimination rounds until one racer in each class is champion.

On the pier deck, manufacturers will show off the latest in paddleboards and equipment.

Historic exhibits will feature antique surfboards, paddleboards, lifeguard equipment and vintage automobiles tied to local beach culture.

Paddleboard racing was a popular Santa Monica sport in the 1940s with two paddleboard clubs headquartered on the pier. Hula dancers will perform throughout the day.

Live music and an awards ceremony will follow the completion of the races for the top finishers in each of the divisions.

For more information, visit www.pierpaddle.com.

in News
Related Posts

Judge Rejects Attempt to Block 140-Unit Affordable Housing Development, Related Hearing Set for June

May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

The Coalition Plans to Appeal the Recent Ruling By Zach Armstrong A Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejected a coalition’s multi-year...

Theatre Review: “Girl From the North Country” Dazzles at the Pantages

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Sheer perfection is what you get when you combine Conor McPherson’s brilliant script and sharp direction with Bob Dylan’s iconic...

The Night Market is Returning to The Bungalow This Summer

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Confirmed Vendors Include Tacos 1986, the Boiling Crab, Steamin’ Burger, House of Empanadas, Urbn Pizza, and Others The Night Market...

Artist Launches Apparel Brand Inspired by Santa Monica’s Street Art

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Growing up in Foster Homes in Compton, TSMOKE Found Solace and Inspiration in Art. Originating from the street art scene...

Murder Charge Added in Venice Canals Assault Case After Victim’s Death

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Anthony Jones Now Faces Life Sentence Without Possibility of Parole  Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that...

Deceased Canal Attack Victim Planned on Moving to Venice, GoFundMe for Memorial Aims to Raise $150K

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Venice Was Her Favorite Part of the U.S., according to the post By Zach Armstrong A GoFundMe for the memorial,...

SaMo Pride to Illuminate Santa Monica with June Celebrations for the Whole Family

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

Drag Queen Storytime, Musical Performances to Honor LGBTQ+ Community The annual SaMo Pride celebration is set to paint the city...

Main Street Pottery Shop Reprimands Staff for Dumping Glaze in Storm Drain

May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024

The business also stated staff members will undergo training on how to properly dispose of glaze  By Zach Armstrong Color...

UCLA Police Make First Arrest in Attack on Palestine Solidarity Encampment

May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024

18-year-old Charged With Assault with a Deadly Weapon; Bail Set at $30,000 By Dolores Quintana After three weeks, the University...

UAW Local 4811 Calls for Strike at UCLA and UC Davis Over Unresolved Labor Practices

May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024

UCLA Administration Calls in Riot Police Over Brief Establishment of Second Encampment The Executive Board of UAW Local 4811 called...

(Photo Gallery) Recap of 45th Annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

The Art Walk + Auction, Created in 1979 by Local Volunteers and Artists, Aimed to Prevent the Clinic’s Closure, Fostering...

TripAdvisor Ranked This Santa Monica Hotel #1 in America

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

The Ranking Honored the Highest Level of Excellence in Travel, Recognizing Those Who Receive a High Volume of Exceptional Review...

City Files Lawsuit Against Landlord Over Alleged Discrimination and Harassment

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

Santa Monica’s Housing Anti-discrimination Ordinance Prohibits Discrimination by Landlords Against Tenants With Disabilities The City of Santa Monica’s Attorney’s Office...

Husband and Wife Arrested After Reporting Sexual Assault

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

The Tables Were Turned  By Zach Armstrong The tables were turned on a married couple after they demanded officers arrest someone...