A Rockin’ Paddleboard Party at the Pier

Posted June 8, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week

King of Surf Guitar Dick Dale caps off a day of fun in the sun

Whether you prefer to hit the beach with a paddleboard, a volleyball, a breaststroke or a guitar, there’s something for every kind of ocean lover at the Santa Monica Pier’s Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival on Saturday.

The day kicks off with a One Mile Ocean Swim at 8 a.m., followed by various paddleboard races, beach runs and swims for youth, amateurs and pros held throughout the day. Hundreds of the world’s top paddleboard racers are expected to compete in the festival’s toughest paddleboarding courses for cash prizes totaling $15,000. Then the AAU Volleyball tournament for elite youth volleyball teams starts at 10 a.m. — six boys teams will play in a showcase, and 10 girls teams will compete for bids in the West Coast Junior Olympic Games.

The less athletically inclined can enjoy a Hula performance at 9:30 a.m., a pop-up surf museum charting the history of paddleboarding, a beer and rum garden if you’re 21+, free beach activities for kids, the Tommy Bahama specialty ice cream truck, and live music by ukulele jam band Ookes of Hazard, DJ Todd Alter and multifaceted guitarist and composer Kimo Williams. Then at 4:15 p.m., King of the Surf Guitar Dick Dale crowns the evening with his signature brand of seaside rock ’n’ roll. Proceeds from the event benefit The Bay Foundation.

— Christina Campodonico

The Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival happens from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Santa Monica Pier. Free for spectators; $20 to $65 to race. Visit santamonicapier.org to register and see a full schedule.


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