- Posted September 22, 2013 by
San Diego, California
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PADDLE AROUND A PIER FOR CLEAN WATER
Hundreds of surfers, environmentalists and ocean enthusiasts turned out on Sunday, September 22, for the 22nd annual Paddle for Clean Water at the Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego.
The event featured a Paddle Around the Ocean Beach Pier to raise awareness about the need for clean water and healthy coastlines and was sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation.
This year's paddle was specifically focused on the chapter's Rise Above Plastics campaign, which aims to reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and recycling of all plastics. This is a particularly important time for this issue as the San Diego City Council will soon be voting on a single-use plastic bag ban.
Today on the beach, I volunteered at the Surfrider table where we sold a lot of Paddle T-Shirts for $20. There was a turquoise blue color that was very popular. So popular in fact, that one particular lady in a Charger shirt thought she could make off with one for free before I caught her and asked for our shirt back or $20! Bummer averted because of eagle eyes!
Another problem: rough, rough waters. There was a big swell and a strong current was pulling to the south. You would have to be a strong paddler to get out past those pumping swells. One past the big waves, it was around the end of the Ocean Beach Pier and onto the beach triumphantly.
There, the festivities included a reggae band, free food and coffee and all kinds of raffles and prizes. The Paddle is approx. one mile and usually takes people between 20 and 60 minutes to complete. It is not competitive and very enjoyable because of all the great vibes! .
The Sunset Cliffs Surfers Association was the safety crew on hand to help guide participants. The San Diego Lifeguards, because of the big surf, were very much in evidence. There was a Lifeguard truck parked on the Pier, a lifeguard on a jet ski in the water and several guards on the beach monitoring the event.
With the weather forecast calling for drizzle and clouds, it was wonderful that the morning dawned sunny and the warmth of the sunshine combined with the warmth and goodwill of those on the beach & in the water, made for an awesome 22nd Annual Paddle Around the Pier.