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Paddleboarders to celebrate tradition at Santa Monica Pier

June 8, 2012 |  7:02 am

Santa Monica Pier paddleboard race

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.

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Photo: Paddleboard race at the Santa Monica Pier. Credit: Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard & Ocean Festival

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