Los Angeles Waterkeeper will give locals a chance to "stand up for clean water" Saturday during a stand up paddleboard event hosted at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.
The second-annual event, which coincides with Earth Weekend, will feature a competitive five-mile stand-up paddleboard (SUP) course as well as a one-mile shore race that begins in front of the Annenberg beach house. This year's event will also include a 17-mile stand up paddleboard race beginning at Point Dume and ending at the beach house in Santa Monica.
For those on land, the event will include SUP demos, a raffle, beach cleanup, beach yoga sessions and an appearance by Ironman champion Anthony Vela.
Organizers hope the event will help raise awareness around water quality issues in Los Angeles and support the efforts of Los Angeles Waterkeeper to protect Los Angeles waterways.
"Clean water is an imperative for all Los Angeles County residents, and a
daily concern for those who enjoy watersports at our local beaches and bays," Los Angeles Waterkeeper executive director Liz Crosson said in a statement. "Stand-up for Clean Water is an incredible opportunity for local watersports enthusiasts, beachgoers, clean water supporters, and community activists to participate in a wide range of activities celebrating the Santa Monica Bay and
raising awareness around the water quality challenges we face into the future.”
Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m. at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. The day's activities will run until 2 p.m.
More information on the even can be found at the Stand-up for Clean Water event website.