Paddleboard Racing Returns to Santa Monica Pier in June
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.