This summer you finally have the chance to stand up paddleboard without hopping on a plane to a tropical beach resort.
On Aug. 17, Surfer’s Environmental Alliance’s Sixth Annual SEAPaddle NYC gives stand up paddlers of all skill levels a shot to partake in an adventure paddle around New York City. Surfer’s Environmental Agency (SEA) aims to preserve and protect all environmental and cultural elements of surfing and started the event in 2007 to help raise awareness of the important role that the marine environment plays in all our lives. Though Manhattan lacks the palm trees and sand of a typical marine environment, this unique event allows participants to raise money for eight of SEA’s beneficiaries while satisfying their outdoorsy streaks.
The event offers three courses: SeaPaddle (non-competitive) and the Elite Paddle (competitive) both require participants to trek 26.5 miles around the island of Manhattan, while the Short Paddle presents contestants with the opportunity to take a four-mile, non-competitive voyage along NYC’s west side. (Taking the non-competitive route? Check out our First Timer's Guide to Stand Up Paddleboarding.) All races leave from Pier 40 with the SeaPaddle kicking off at 7:30 a.m., and the Elite Paddle and Short Paddle following at 8:00 and 8:30 AM, respectively.
If an early-morning paddle around Manhattan doesn’t float your boat (pun intended), you can watch the race at the Dos Equis Beach Party at South Street Seaport’s Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club. The annual White Water Evening for Autism event takes place on the seaport’s third floor viewing deck following the paddles. Tickets to the event cost $100, $200 for couples, and $1,500 for a table of eight. 100% of ticket sales go towards SEA’s partner organizations including Parents of Autistic Children, Surfers Environmental Alliance, and Surfer’s Healing. SEA also hopes to make this year’s event the most successful in their history by beating the $350,000 raised last year.
So if your work schedule has you tied to your desk for the summer, or your budget lacks the excess funding for a Caribbean getaway, consider bringing your paddleboarding talents to the waters of the Hudson River this August.