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Hundreds of Surfers Paddle Around the Ocean Beach Pier in Support of Clean Water Initiatives

DATE 09/10/14

Contact: Haley Haggerstone
Chapter Manager, Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter
Phone: (619) 929-5350

Hundreds of Surfers Paddle Around the Ocean Beach Pier in Support of Clean Water Initiatives

SAN DIEGO – The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter’s longest running and largest awareness event is back, calling all surfers, stand up paddle boarders, and ocean enthusiasts to paddle for clean water.  This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the organization’s Paddle for Clean Water event, which is happening on Sunday, September 21st from 9am to 12pm at the Ocean Beach Pier.

The non-competitive event will feature hundreds of surfers and ocean enthusiasts paddling around the Ocean Beach Pier in an effort to raise awareness about the need for clean water and healthy coastlines.  Participants are encouraged to bring a surfboard, kayak, body board, or other human-powered craft to paddle around Southern California’s longest pier in a mass display of solidarity for the protection of our precious coastlines.

Chapter Chair, Roger Kube states, “As one of the leading organizations in San Diego County protecting our coastline, we have multiple programs that address clean water and healthy coastlines.  This year's Paddle for Clean Water aims to raise awareness about current issues impacting our ocean and beaches and how we as a community can come together to find solutions.”

The morning’s festivities offer something for everyone, even if you are not participating in the paddle itself.   There will be a donation-based yoga class starting at 8:30am, followed by a free breakfast for all paddlers at 9am, guest speakers including Chapter Chair Roger Kube, District 2 Councilmember Ed Harris, and professional surfer and world champion, environmentalist, and Surfrider Foundation board member Shaun Thomson.  There will also be live music from San Diego based reggae band 2000 Tons of TNT, a raffle, and an after party at Wonderland Ocean Pub.  The event will be emceed by radio personality Chris Cantore.

Individuals can also help raise funds to support clean water initiatives by visiting and making a donation or starting their own fundraising page for a chance to win a surfboard from Soulr Surfboards.

“This event is a favorite amongst our volunteers and supporters.  Even if you don’t plan on paddling, we’ll have something for you.  Come out and listen to some live music, hear from our guest speakers, and cheer on the paddlers from the pier,” says Chapter Manager, Haley Haggerstone.

For more information on the Paddle for Clean Water, visit or contact Chapter Manager, Haley Haggerstone at or (619) 929-5350.