Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8:00 AM (PDT)
Santa Monica, United States
Our one-mile ocean swim is a spectacular event for amateur & Masters swimmers and multi-sport athletes. This rectangular course has three left turns and one right turn, clearly marked by yellow buoys. Swimmers start on the beach, swim counter-clockwise around the first three buoys and turn right, at the last buoy, and finish on the beach.
A loop swim from the beach, through the surf zone out near the end of the pier and back.
Swimmers start on the beach, swim around the two buoys and finish on the beach. Must be at least 8 years old to participate. Registration includes a T-shirt, goodie bag, lunch, raffle entry, and access to all the day’s entertainment. All swimmers are required to wear the event swim cap provided at check in for safety. Trophies and Pacific Park passes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in age groups 8-10, 11-13, and 14-16.
While, wetsuits are allowed, the use of flotation and or propulsion aids of any kind are prohibited, including swim fins and hand paddles. All competitors are required to wear a specific colored swim cap supplied at check-in for safety.
TIME LIMIT POLICIES
A cutoff time of 55 minutes for the 1-mile swim is strictly enforced. Swimmers who fail to make the cutoff time will be considered disqualified non-finishers. This cutoff time has been established to ensure the safety of swimmers. Swimmers who fail to complete the required distance under the established cutoff time will be visited by a motorized safety craft. Those swimmers will be required to swim to shore immediately.
The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival on June 7th, 2014 is an annual all-day, family friendly celebration of decades of surf, paddleboard and lifeguard history. The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard & Ocean Festival benefits Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and its public marine education facility. Heal the Bay will receive a portion of net proceeds from the event. Partake in the kids beach, ocean, waterway stewardship and trivia contests. Help raise money for Heal the Bay. Become a "friendraiser" HERE.
To Register - select one of the following Main Events: SUP & Paddleboard Races, Ocean Swims or the Lifeguard Dory Race. These Main Events are eligible for discounted ADD ON events. ADD ON Events are available on each event page. *You can race in more than one Main Event, just be aware of the quick turn around time.
Pre-registered racers should leave ample time to park and check in at registration a minimum of an hour before their event start time. Day of registrations should allow at least 90 minutes to park and register.
Early Registration March 15 - May 16 (Save $10)
Registration May 17 - June 6
For specific questions please email email@example.com. The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival has a NO REFUND POLICY.
*Schedule subject to change. Please visit www.pierpaddle.com for most up to date information.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
6:45 - Race Registration opens
8:00 - One Mile Ocean Swim
8:30 - Elite and Long Course Mandatory Race Briefing
8:45 - Dory Race – One Mile Sprint
8:45 - Competitor Group Photo #1
9:15 - Paddleboard & SUP 5.5 Long Course and Elite Race
9:25 - Juniors 250m Swim
9:30 - Museum Opens
10:00 - Kids 1k Sprint
10:00 - Beer Garden and Rum Lounge Open
10:30 - Kids Beach Events Start
11:00 - Run-Swim-Run
11:40 - 3 Lap Dory Surf Race
11:45 - Fun Paddle Mandatory Meeting
12:00 - Paddleboard & SUP Two Mile Fun Paddle
1:15 - Paddle Cross Mandatory Race Briefing
1:30 - Tommy Bahama Paddle Cross Race
2:00 - Youth Soft-Top Surfboard Race
3:00 - Youth SUP Race
* All times subject to change.
Competitors: Mandatory pre-race briefings will be held on the sand 30 minutes prior to all paddleboard, SUP and swim races. You must have completed registration or check-in and be present in order to race.
- Paddleboard & Sup Races
- Elite Long Course
- Ocean Swims & Lifeguard Dory Races
- Junior Swims & Board Races
- Kids Activities
- Pop-Up Museum of Antique Surfboards and Paddleboards, Historic Photographs, Artifacts and Authors
- Heal the Bay Ocean Stewardship Trivia Contests
- Classic Cars from California Beach Culture
Fun, fun fun!
- Live Bands
- Hula Dance Troupes
- Beer Garden & Rum Lounge on the Pier Deck
Paid competitors receive a one-of-a-kind event t-shirt, complimentary lunch and hydrating refreshments.
- Top 3 Male and Female Winners receive unique Koa bowls each division
- Awesome post event grub for all athletes
- Bring the family and spend the day on the Pier!
Warning: All of our races involve a “beach start” meaning that racers will have to navigate in and out of the surf zone. For everyone’s safety, we encourage all racers to make certain they have significant experience with launching from the beach through ocean waves. We encourage novice and even intermediate paddlers to take one or more classes with a certified instructor.
Pre-Race Group Training - Invite a Friend to Join You Race
First-timer or want to improve your skills before race day? Join group training with some of LA's most experienced, highly trained SUP coaches and be a part of the 2014 Pier Paddle SUP Club. Members get 50% off SUP lessons, rentals, workouts and race training events from now until our race in June at the Santa Monica Pier. Get your feet wet and join a community of like-minded, water enthusiasts who want to try SUP for the first time or take their SUP skills to the next level.
Come out every Wednesday night from 7pm to 9pm for a sunset paddle -- get tips from the Pros, workout while you work on your stroke and have fun! (usual price $45 --$22.50 for club members)
Starting in March and every other Sunday until the race -- join us from 12:30pm to 1:30pm for technique and race training: intro to advanced instruction, race strategy; stroke drills; SUP fun with paddlers who love to be on the water and want to try their first race or take their racing to the next level! ($55 or $27.50 for club members)
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