Volunteer Sign Up
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM (PDT)
Make a difference in your community. Take part, have fun and volunteer!
The week of the event, we need volunteers to help out for three and four hour shifts Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, a hat and the satisfaction of being a part of another fantastic Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival.
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.
Goody Bag Stuffing- The day before the race hundreds of goody bags must be stuffed with items for the racers. This role is great if you want to be involved, but are not available on race day, as well as if you are detail-oriented.
Race Day Team Captains- Highly motivated and organized leaders are needed to take on the role of volunteer captain. As a volunteer captain, you will help recruit volunteers, and on race day you will take the lead for your area by educating, organizing, and managing groups of people to execute the assigned task.
Volunteer Booth- Manning the volunteer booth is critical to making our race day volunteers feel welcomed. Your tasks would include volunteer registration, volunteer orientation, and working with the volunteer coordinator and team captains throughout the day. It’s great if you are organized, friendly, and looking for a low-intensity role.
Expo Load In- On the morning of the race, materials must be set-up on the pier quickly prior to the arrival of racers. This includes tables and chairs, trash cans, flag set-up, water stations, etc. This is a great role if you have an all-hands-on-deck attitude, and can do some heavy lifting. (10-40 lbs)
Start/Finish Line Set-up- If you are a start/finish line volunteer, you will help lay cones, hang flags and banners, and set-up tables and tents on the beach.
Hang Signs / Banners- Making sure racers, volunteers, and spectators can find the event on race day is key to a successful event! Signs and banners need to be hung at all entrances, along the bike path and the pier, and on the beach. This role requires a good amount of walking!
Registration- Are you a cool, calm, detail-oriented person who works well under pressure? Registration volunteers will assist with checking-in racers, processing registration payments, assigning race numbers, handing out lunch tickets and goody bags, and informing racers of event logistics.
Pier Greeters- We like to attract all pier visitors to the event festivities on race day. As a pier greeter, you are key to making that happen! Mingling with pier visitors, passing out race day programs, and encouraging people to visit the museum and sponsor booths are key responsibilities of a pier greeters.
Beach Marshals- Do you love the ocean and want to be in the middle of the action?? Beach marshals direct racers to the start line, help set-up cones, pull paddle boards out of water and cheer on the racers. You will likely get wet so wear appropriate clothes!! Great for people who want to be on the sand and in the water, and who are able to carry paddleboards out of the water. (10-20lbs)
Beach Info Booth- Beach info booth volunteers are the main source of information for racers down on the sand. If racers have questions or inquiries about the race, you are there to help. You will also assist handing out water to racers as they cross the finish line. It’s a great role if you want to be on the sand but not get wet, and also if you are friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic.
Kids Activities Volunteers- You will be cheering on youth athletes and assisting the activity coordinator with all Juniors Events on the beach. This role is great for people who have experience with kids and teens and who want to be in the middle of the action.
Volunteer Floaters- Are you flexible and friendly? Flexibility is important because we won’t know where you’ll be assigned until race day. You will serve as one of our “reserves” and we will plug you in where we need you based on holes in the volunteer attendance and others needs that arise.
Tear down / Clean up- Following the race, you will assist with cleaning up the beach and the pier, putting away supplies, picking up trash, and disassembling tents, chairs, and tables. This activity may require some heavy lifting (5-25 lbs).
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)