On Sunday, September 21st we celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the Paddle for Clean Water in Ocean Beach. The event drew hundreds of surfers and ocean enthusiasts to paddle around the Ocean Beach Pier in an effort to raise awareness about the need for clean water and healthy coastlines.
There was yoga on the beach, free breakfast for all paddlers, guest speakers, live music, and a raffle. This year’s keynote speaker was professional surfer and world champion, environmentalist, actor, writer, producer, and Surfrider Foundation board member Shaun Thomson. The event was be followed by an after party at Wonderland Ocean Pub.
Individuals were also encouraged to help raise funds to support clean water initiatives by visiting stayclassy.org/paddle and making a donation or starting their own fundraising page for a chance to win a Squash Tail Carbon Fiber Surfboard from Soulr Surfboards.
This year’s sponsors included 91X, Ballast Point Brewery, Belly Up, Big Fish Tattoo, Blue Dot Refill, Boomers, Clif Bar, Detour Salon, Etnies, Globe, Green Kid Crafts, Hairy Deck Pro, Hansen’s Surf Shop, Hurley, Indie Yoga, Iron Cross Surfboards, Julie Designs, Lazy Hummingbird, Neff, Nu Faces Day Spa, OB Massage, Ocean Minded, Oceanside Boat Rentals, Peace Pies, Pizza Port, Rickaroons, Sanuk, Shore Buddies, Societe Brewing, Soulr Surfboards, South Coast Surf Shop, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Sticky Bumps, The Stronghold, Vivacity Sportswear, Wavelines, Whole Fitness with Daniela Kent, Wine and Canvas, and Wonderland Pub.
This year’s art was provided by San Diego artist Grant Pecoff and the poster was designed by Nichole Gagliardo. Thank you to all of our sponsors, contributors, and participants for making this year’s event possible!