A memorial service honoring the victims and survivors of the December 26th tsunami in Southeast Asia is scheduled to be held at the Santa Monica Pier between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, January 8th.

Surf Academy, a Redondo Beach company that offers surfing classes, is organizing the “paddle-out” memorial service as part of a community effort to express grief for those involved in the tsunami tragedy, which has claimed over 150,000 lives.

The memorial will allow attendees to participate in ancient and familiar rituals, according to the Surf Academy Web site,


Religious leaders from five faiths will lead attendees in prayer for the first part of the service.

In the second segment of the memorial, surfers and paddlers will paddle out to the end of the pier and sit on their boards in a circle formation.

Visitors on the pier are asked to participate in a scripted communal dialogue with those in the water — a ceremony known as a “paddle-out.”

The ancient “Four Corners Prayer” will conclude the memorial with drums and the sound of a conch shell.

Admission to the memorial service is free, but parking on the pier costs $7.

The dress code is beach casual and attendees may bring flowers and flower wreaths.

Information, (310) 372-2790.