Paddleboarders to celebrate tradition at Santa Monica Pier
In the 1930s and 1940s, paddleboarding was a popular sport at the Santa Monica Pier.
On Saturday, surfers and ocean enthusiasts will gather to commemorate those early paddleboard days at the third annual Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard & Ocean Festival.
The day-long event attracted several thousand visitors last year, according to organizers, who say the festival will help raise funds for the Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay.
The festival will feature stand-up and prone paddleboard races, open-water swims, a surfing history museum and live music and food.
For more information, go to the festival website.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Paddleboard race at the Santa Monica Pier. Credit: Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard & Ocean Festival