Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race Is This Weekend
It’s a busy weekend for SUP events. In addition to whitewater SUP racing at GoPro Mountain Games in Colorado and the sixth stop of Euro Tour hitting Spain, Southern California is also hosting one of its biggest paddling competitions of the year.
The eighth annual CLIF Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival is taking place this Saturday, June 10th and is sure to attract amateur and professional paddlers alike to the sunny shoreline beneath the historic Santa Monica Pier.
Last year, top names including Danny Ching, Slater Trout, Mo Freitas, Candice Appleby and Shae Foudy put on a show in the highly-anticipated elite distance race. While veterans Ching and Appleby came away with the victories, we can expect another fierce battle between the wily veterans and hungry up-and-comers.
Plus, with a prize purse of $15,000 up for grabs, the world’s best will be putting it all on the line to come away with a big payday.
While everyone will be eager to see how the elite race plays out, there is plenty to do and see for all paddlers and their families. For those with a competitive itch, there will be several amateur races including an 11-mile distance race, a two-mile fun paddle and the wild and wooly PaddleCross race through the surf. Non-paddleboard races include the popular lifeguard dory races and the run-swim-run.
For those just wanting to stay on the beach, there will be plenty of land entertainment including a waterman’s museum on the pier, fun beach games, a volleyball competition and live musical performances from reggae artist, Hirie, and jazz-rock guitar and drums duo, The Matteson 2.
Festivities start at 8am and will take place on the south side of the pier. So whether you are a paddling enthusiast or just looking to have a good time, Santa Monica is the place to be this weekend.