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Santa Monica Pier Paddle Festival
Tracing its roots back to the 1930’s Santa Monica Pier paddleboard races – some of the first in the world – this iconic event offers epic competition and family friendly entertainment. Courses start and finish on the sand immediately south of the Pier and there are many ways to compete – Fun Paddle, Long Course, Elite Race, SUP / Paddleboard Knockout and ocean swimming events. On the Pier Deck and beach, participants and spectators will enjoy the Ocean Festival featuring live music, Polynesian dancing, food, drinks and a one of-a-kind surf history museum.
Celebrating and honoring the birthplace of Southern California’s iconic beach culture through competition, awareness and entertainment.
Not ready to compete? Join in on the festivities and enjoy front row seats to this incredible athletic performance! Thanks to our beautiful city and awesome sponsors, it’s FREE.
Cash prizes will be a minimum of $15,000. To challenge for the money, enter the Elite Race and the Clif Bar SUP / Paddleboard Knockout.