Santa Monica Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival

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Date(s) - 06/23/2018
All Day

Santa Monica Pier



 Tracing its roots back to the 1930’s Santa Monica Pier paddleboard races – some of the first in the world – this iconic event offers epic competition and family friendly entertainment. Courses start and finish on the sand immediately south of the Pier and there are many ways to compete – Fun Paddle, Long Course, Elite Race, SUP / Paddleboard Knockout and ocean swimming events. On the Pier Deck and beach, participants and spectators will enjoy the Ocean Festival featuring live music, Polynesian dancing, food, drinks and a one of-a-kind surf history museum. Celebrating and honoring the birthplace of Southern California’s iconic beach culture through competition, awareness and entertainment. Not ready to compete? Join in on the festivities and enjoy front row seats to this incredible athletic performance! Thanks to our beautiful city and awesome sponsors, it’s FREE. USCG (United States Coast Guard) approved PFD (personal floatation device) is required of all SUP racers to participate in the Distance Race. SUP racers will not be allowed to start with out PFD. The PFD requirement only applies to SUP (per USCG law), however, prone paddleboards are not legally required to have a PFD but we highly recommend using one. Cash prizes will be a minimum of $15,000. To challenge for the money, enter the Elite Race and the Clif Bar SUP / Paddleboard Knockout. CLICK HERE for a complete breakdown of prize money.


 A 5.5 mile loop that challenges our more experienced paddlers. Paddlers should be able to manage current and more difficult conditions – and be ready for a long paddle.

Division 1 SUP Women’s, 12’6″ & under, 16-39 y/o
Division 2 SUP Women’s, 12’6″ & under, 40-49 y/o
Division 3 SUP Women’s, 12’6″ & under, Masters (50 & over)
Division 4 SUP Men’s, Unlimited
Division 5 SUP Men’s, 14′, 16-39 y/o
Division 6 SUP Men’s, 14′, 40-49 y/o
Division 7 SUP Men’s, 14′, Masters (50 & over)
Division 8 SUP Men’s, 12’6″ & under, 16-39 y/o
Division 9 SUP Men’s, 12’6″ & under, 40-49 y/o
Division 10 SUP Men’s, 12’6″ & under, Masters (50 & over)
Division 11 SUP Men’s, SUP Hybrid (Touring / Surfboard / Beginner Class), under 12’2”
Division 12 SUP Women’s, SUP Hybrid (Touring / Surfboard / Beginner Class), under 12’2
Division A Prone PaddleP Men’s Stock, 16-39 y/o
Division B Prone Paddle Men’s Stock, 40-49 y/o
Division C Prone Paddle Men’s Stock, Masters (50 & over)
Division D Prone Paddle Men’s, Unlimited
Division D Prone Paddle Women’s Stock

 A 2 mile loop for paddlers who are less experienced or just want to enjoy a more relaxed race with a friendly vibe. Though this race can accommodate beginners, participants should be intermediate paddlers given the nature of launching and exiting through ocean waves.

Division 20 SUP Women’s, 12’6″ & under, 16-39 y/o
Division 21 SUP Women’s, 12’6″ & under, Masters (40 & over)
Division 22 SUP Women’s, SUP Hybrid (Touring / Surfboard / Beginner Class), under 12’2
Division 23 SUP Men’s, 12’6″ & under
Division 24 SUP Men’s, 12’6″ & under, Masters (50 & over)
Division 25 SUP Men’s, SUP Hybrid (Touring / Surfboard / Beginner Class), under 12’2”
Division 26 SUP Juniors (12 & under) SUP Surfboard, under 12’6”
Division 27 SUP Juniors (13-16 y/o) SUP Surfboard, under 12’6”
Division J Prone Paddle Men’s Stock
Division K Prone Paddle Men’s Unlimited
Division L Prone Paddle Women’s Stock
Division M Prone Paddle Junior’s (16 & Under) Stock, under 12′

 Run concurrently with the Long Course, this is the same 5.5 mile loop and geared towards the sport’s top competitors – paddlers who have consistently placed in the top 10 in similar events. Elite Race divisions are limited to:1. Mens SUP 12’62. Womens SUP 12’63. Paddleboards Mens and Womens 12’0 Any Elite Race division that receives less than 10 entries will be merged into the appropriate Long Course division. In the case of women’s divisions, entrants will have the option of racing the mens Elite Race division. Trophies and prizes will be awarded, based on registration to the top 3 finishes in each Elite Race division. Elite Race registrants who pre-register more than two weeks will receive a limited-edition race jersey and other benefits. Elite Racing Board Classes:Men Prone Distance – 12’ StockMen SUP Distance – 12’6”Men Prone PaddleCross – 12’ StockMen SUP PaddleCross – 12’6” Women Prone Distance – 12’ StockWomen SUP Distance – 12’6”Women Prone PaddleCross – 12’ StockWomen SUP PaddleCross – 12’6”


 PaddleCross is a competitive SUP & prone paddleboard race format that is completed on 500m onshore course. Starting from the sand, racers charge through the surf, rounding outside buoys then race with the waves back to the finish line on the sand. Racers advance through first round and consolation rounds to qualify for the main event final. The event races are run consecutively through the event final(s). PaddleCross starts with the race field broken into two first round heats. In each of the first round’s heats (R1) top finishing racers advance into the main event final. Non-advancing racers are given a second chance to qualify to the main event final through a consolation heat in round two (R2). Round three (R3) is the main event final race. If there are less than (8) entries for the category the event will be run as a final. The PaddleCross competition will have separate races for the following categories and board specs: Mens SUP (12’6 & Under)Men Prone (10’6″ Lifeguard spec.)Women SUP (12’6″ & Under)Women Prone (10’6″ Lifeguard spec.) Men & WomenJunior (18 & Under)OPEN (cash prizes)Senior (40 & over)


 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.


 Area lifeguards will row 2-person rescue boats in both a 1 mile sprint and a crowd-pleasing 3 lap race through surf zone. This is event is part of the race series by the NATIONAL DORYMANS ASSOCIATION.


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