This years Paddle For Clean Water event is happening Sunday- September 13th at 10:00am at the OB pier. This marks the 18th year the San Diego chapter of Surfider Foundation has hosted the event in Ocean Beach and this should prove to be one of the biggest and best years to date.
“This is going to be the biggest lineup of bands that have played the event and also the first year we’ll expand into the grassy area at Veteran’s Park” according to Bill Hickman.
Bill is Surfrider’s San Diego Chapter Coordinator and has been very busy in recent weeks planning and putting together Sunday’s Paddle. Last years theme was focused around the Save Trestles campaign which ended early this year in a resounding success for the Surfrider Foundation and environmentalists in California.
This years theme will focus on Surfrider Foundation’s “No B.S.” Campaign (the B.S. stands for Border Sewage) which seeks to bring awareness to the increasing problem of sewage flowing through the Tijuana River into the Pacific Ocean. Says Hickman:
“Some people won’t go surfing at those spots near the Tijuana Sloughs, “there are some great surf spots out there, but the pollution levels are really bad. Especially when it rains, those spots just aren’t used much anymore, and a big step in starting to solve some of these problems is bringing awareness of the issues to people. That’s what the Paddle for Clean Water is all about.”
This years event will also feature many eco-friendly vendors. Clif-Bar will be the years title sponsor and will be hosting a special “wrapper recycling contest” at the event. The person who collects the most wrappers at the event will win a cool prize from Clif-Bar. Every year millions of non-recyclable energy bar wrappers end up in our landfills.
In response to this problem, Terracycle along with Clif-Bar are committed to finding a new use for the discarded wrappers. They are going to be converted into cool things like backpacks, tote-bags and purses. All energy, granola, nutrition, cereal and protein bar wrappers with an inner-foil lining are acceptable. No candy wrappers or wrappers without the foil lining.
There will also be local food vendors Roots cafe and Peace Pies cooking up delicious and healthy vegetarian fare. I’m particularly excited to see Roots Cafe at the event! They have been missed by many in the local area since the closing of Rock Paper Scissors.
Stone Brewing Co., another sponsor of this years event will be pouring their epic, locally produced and award winning beers once the morning paddle is over. There will also be free face painting for kids and fun for the entire family to enjoy.
As stated previously, this years event will also feature five bands set to perform throughout the day on a solar stage. Local bands “The Professors” and “Pullman Standard” will play as will local favorites : C-Money and “Tribal Seed” headlining the event will be the band “Iration” joining us from Hawaii.
Of course, the centerpiece of the day aside from the music, the food, the beer and the face paint is the Paddle! The literal “paddle” around the pier is a sort of gathering of varying tribes of water enthusiasts. It is a non-competitive event where anyone is welcome to join. All types of human-powered water craft are used: surfboards, bodyboards, kayaks, outrigger canoes, etc…
If you don’t have a board to paddle with, get there early because Surfrider will have about 30 boards being generously donated by Ocean Beach Surf and Skate. The paddle is about 1 mile and generally takes anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes to complete.
Complete days schedule:
10:00a.m. – Paddle around the Pier
11:00a.m. – Group photo
11:30a.m. – Live music begins with The Professors
11:30a.m. – Stone Brew beer garden opens in the pier parking lot
– Kids arts & crafts area opens on grassy area
12:35p.m. – Pullman Standard
1:40p.m. – C Money and The Players, Inc.
2:45p.m. – Tribal Seeds
4:00p.m. – Iration
5:00p.m. – Festival Ends