Stand Up For Clean Water
What is Stand Up For Clean Water?
Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s Stand Up For Clean Water paddleboard event and marine festival brings together hundreds of ocean athletes, outdoor enthusiasts and beachgoers to celebrate our beautiful coastline. Taking place along the Point Dume State Marine Reserve, SUP For Clean Water draws attention to our efforts to safeguard the most ecologically important areas of our oceans: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Point Dume is one of many Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the California coastline, where fishing is limited in order to nurture native ecosystems back to health. This event aims to raise funds for our MPA Watch program which engages over 300 underserved and at-risk youth, and other volunteers in monitoring and studying our beautiful marine reserves. Learn more at SUP4CLEANWATER.ORG and stay up to date by following our Facebook page!
Over 500 racers, beachgoers and supporters joined our 5th annual Stand Up for Clean Water paddleboard race, a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event presented nationally by Toyota and locally by Whole Foods Market of Venice. What started and ended as a beautiful day at Paradise Cove, however, got dicey in the middle as unusually high Santa Ana winds kicked up during the day’s first race. Thankfully, potential disaster was averted due to quick thinking and community action. Undaunted, attendees rallied to celebrate with Waterkeeper, even getting back on the paddle boards later in the day after the winds finally calmed. Youth ambassadors Erika Benitez and Aidan Gallagher led the kids race, and emcee Anthony Vela rallied the crowd for team relay races. Learn more.
Check out the footage from our 2015 race in this promo video for the following year:
Over 350 people attended the 2014 race, which featured a 5 Mile Competitive Race, 1 Mile Fun Race, and Relay Race for stand-up and prone paddlers. World renowned ocean athletes–including Mickey Munoz, Sam George, Jamie Mitchell, and Jim Terrell–were among the participating paddles. Guests enjoyed food and drinks donated by Paradise Cove Beach Cafe and New Belgium Brewing. An all-star celebrity band rocked the afternoon, with band members from the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Blind Melon, Wilco and more. Learn more.
In celebration of Earth Weekend, the 2nd annual SUP 4 Clean Water race offered paddlers competitive and fun races, yoga on the beach, beach cleanup, ocean pollution education, and more! Hundreds of clean water supporters and outdoor enthusiasts joined us at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica to participate in 5-mile and 1-mile stand-up paddleboard shore races and demos. Plus, the event featured the 17-mile “Dume Downwinder” from Point Dume to the Annenberg Beach House, with a lineup including local athlete Seth Springer, longtime athlete and board shaper Joe Bark, and a crew of OC1 outrigger canoes representing the Marina del Rey Outrigger Club. Learn more.
The 1st annual Earth Day festival & SUP race was a great success! Held just north of the Santa Monica pier, the event brought together hundreds of coastal enthusiasts in celebration of the Clean Water Act’s 40th anniversary. Board lessons and demos, multiple paddle races, beach yoga and music kept the day jam-packed. Shout out to our youngest contestant in the paddle race: 7-year old Cade (pictured on the right)! Learn more.