Paddleboard Racing Returns to Santa Monica Pier in June

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Once upon a time, in Santa Monica...

Once a popular sport at the Santa Monica Pier dating back to the 1940s, paddleboarding is riding a comeback wave with a competition to kick off the summer on June 12th.

Honolua Surf and Heal the Bay are presenting a the races, a dory competition, and paddle gear exhibition during the all-day event, with a portion of the gross proceeds from the paddleboard race benefiting the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

There will be both stand up paddle and prone paddleboard races, which will feature 5.5 mile and 1 mile courses, taking participants from the sand adjacent to the world-famous Pier and then north and south in the Santa Monica Bay. The races revive a rich history of the sport in the area that was once so cherished there were paddleboard clubs housed at the Pier, and news about the events published regularly in local papers.

If you think you've got the muscle to compete, registration is first-come, first-served in all the categories and divisions, and is likely to sell out.

In addition to heading to the shore to check out the fun on June 12th, you can follow the Santa Monica Pier on Twitter, or learn about the history of the Pier, too.