Our largest awareness event of the year, the Paddle for Clean Water sends participants out on surf boards, SUP’s, and boogie boards around the 1,971 ft pier (the longest concrete pier in the world).  We bring awareness to the community about the Surfrider Mission and the future of our oceans, waves and beaches.

Photos from the 2015 Paddle


With nearly 70 miles of coastline to protect, the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters in the world.  We are a grassroots organization, which means the people working to protect our local oceans, waves and beaches are volunteers who care about San Diego and want to make a difference.

Globally, Surfrider is involved in a variety of programs aimed at protecting our coastal ecosystems, based on the parameters outlined in our mission statement. Our campaigns and programs are developed to support our strategic goals and initiatives: Clean Water, Beach Access, Beach Preservation, and Protecting Special Places.


On Sunday, October 2nd we will celebrate the 25th Annual Paddle for Clean Water in Ocean Beach. The event draws 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. This event is free and open to the public.

There will be be yoga on the beach at 8:30am and the event starts at 9am and goes until noon. There will be free breakfast for all paddlers, guest speakers, live music, and a raffle. This year’s keynote speakers will be announced soon. The event will be followed by an after party at Wonderland Ocean Pub.

Individuals  are encouraged to 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 and many other amazing prizes!


This year’s sponsors include FM 94/9, Cali Bamboo, Clif Bar, Indie Yoga, Xterra Surf, Lazy Hummingbird,SurfScreen Organics, Cireson. We are currently looking for event sponsors including those interested in having an on site presence. We are currently searching for raffle prizes. Please contact if you are interested in making an in-kind donation.

We were extremely excited to announce that San Diego’s very own Tribal Theory to play at the event! Additionally, guest speakers for the Paddle include Supervisor Dave Roberts, Council Member Lorie Zapf, and activist Cori Schumacher. They will speak about recent environmental initiatives in San Diego County.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, contributors, and participants for making this year’s event possible!



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