Nobody likes to SUP in polluted water. It’s a major buzz kill when you have to paddle through a sea of plastic bags and Styrofoam, but you can help keep our water clean by having fun on your SUP. Gather friends and family to paddle for clean water on Saturday, April 21st, at the Waterkeeper Alliance and Santa Monica Baykeeper’s 1st Annual Standup for Clean Water Race.
Held over Earth Day weekend, the Standup for Clean Water Race will be held just north of the iconic Santa Monica pier. The event will feature special remarks from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (President and Founder of Waterkeeper Alliance), a WPA-sanctioned SUP race, a whole host of educational water activities and an Earth Day Festival with fun for all.
“Our main goal is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and Santa Monica Baykeeper’s role in the protection and restoration of LA County waterways while spreading awareness about local and national water issues,” said Jennifer Badger of Santa Monica Baykeeper. “The Clean Water Act is responsible for keeping our waters swimmable, fishable and drinkable. This event is one of the national Waterkeeper Alliance’s SPLASH Event Series.”
Event-goers can join Pro-SUP Shop, Bark Paddleboards and Quickblade for SUP lessons and demos, or get in touch with their inner yogi by participating in some yoga classes held by Yoga Aqua. Experienced standup paddlers can compete in the 5-mile race sanctioned by the WPA, and non-competitive or new paddlers can have fun with friends racing the quick 1-mile course. After you’re almost tuckered out from all of the fun activities, head over to the Earth Day Festival and jam out with celebrity supporters to the solar-powered beats of DJs SYCONS.