Time Limit Policies

All of our races involve a “beach start” meaning that racers will have to navigate in and out of the surf zone. For everyone’s safety, we encourage all racers to make certain they have significant experience with launching from the beach through ocean waves. We encourage novice and even intermediate paddlers to take one or more classes with a certified instructor.

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Early Registration — through 3/21


Pre-Registration — 3/22 through 5/23


Late & Race Day Registration — 5/24 through 6/11
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SUP & Paddleboard Races

Tracing its roots back to the 1930’s Santa Monica Pier paddleboard races – some of the first in the world – this year’s event offers epic competition. Courses start and finish on the sand immediately south of the Pier and there are 5 ways to compete - Fun Paddle, Long Course, Elite Race, Tommy Bahama SUP / Paddleboard Knockout.

Cash prizes will be a minimum of $15,000. To challenge for the money, enter the Elite Race and the Tommy Bahama SUP / Paddleboard Knockout. CLICK HERE for a complete breakdown of prize money.

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Long Course

A 5.5 mile loop that challenges our more experienced paddlers. Paddlers should be able to manage current and more difficult conditions - and be ready for a long paddle.
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Trophies will go to the top 3 finishers in each division in both the Fun Paddle and the Long Course.

Division 1 SUP Women's, 12'6" & under, 16-39 y/o
Division 2 SUP Women's, 12'6" & under, 40-49 y/o
Division 3 SUP Women's, 12'6" & under, Masters (50 & over)
Division 4 SUP Men's, Unlimited
Division 5 SUP Men's, 14', 16-39 y/o
Division 6 SUP Men's, 14', 40-49 y/o
Division 7 SUP Men's, 14', Masters (50 & over)
Division 8 SUP Men's, 12'6" & under, 16-39 y/o
Division 9 SUP Men's, 12'6" & under, 40-49 y/o
Division 10 SUP Men's, 12'6" & under, Masters (50 & over)
Division 11 SUP Men's SUP Surfboard (Up to 12'2")
Division A Prone PaddleP Men's Stock, 16-39 y/o
Division B Prone Paddle Men's Stock, 40-49 y/o
Division C Prone Paddle Men's Stock, Masters (50 & over)
Division D Prone Paddle Men's, Unlimited
Division D Prone Paddle Women's Stock

Fun Paddle

A 2 mile loop for paddlers who are less experienced or just want to enjoy a more relaxed race with a friendly vibe. Though this race can accommodate beginners, participants should be intermediate paddlers given the nature of launching and exiting through ocean waves.
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Division 20 SUP Women's, 12'6" & under, 16-39 y/o
Division 21 SUP Women's, 12'6" & under, Masters (40 & over)
Division 22 SUP Women's, SUP Surfboard
Division 23 SUP Men's, 12'6" & under
Division 24 SUP Men's, 12'6" & under, Masters (50 & over)
Division 25 SUP Men's, SUP Surfboard, under 12'
Division 26 SUP Juniors (12 & under) SUP Surfboard, under 12'
Division 27 SUP Juniors (13-16 y/o) SUP Surfboard, under 12'
Division J Prone PaddleP Men's Stock
Division K Prone Paddle Men's Unlimited
Division L Prone Paddle Women's Stock
Division M Prone Paddle Junior's (16 & Under) Stock, under 12'

Elite Race

Run concurrently with the Long Course, this is the same 5.5 mile loop and geared towards the sport’s top competitors - paddlers who have consistently placed in the top 10 in similar events. Elite Race divisions are limited to:
1. Mens SUP 12’6
2. Womens SUP 12’6
3. Paddleboards Mens and Womens 12’0

Any Elite Race division that receives less than 10 entries will be merged into the appropriate Long Course division. In the case of women's divisions, entrants will have the option of racing the mens Elite Race division.

Trophies and prizes will be awarded, based on registration to the top 3 finishes in each Elite Race division. Elite Race registrants who pre-register more than two weeks will receive a limited-edition race jersey and other benefits.


▾ Tommy Bahama Paddle Cross

PaddleCross is a competitive SUP & prone paddleboard race format that is completed on 500m onshore course. Starting from the sand, racers charge through the surf, rounding outside buoys then race with the waves back to the finish line on the sand. Racers advance through first round and consolation rounds to qualify for the main event final. The event races are run consecutively through the event final(s).

PaddleCross starts with the race field broken into two first round heats. In each of the first round’s heats (R1) top finishing racers advance into the main event final. Non-advancing racers are given a second chance to qualify to the main event final through a consolation heat in round two (R2). Round three (R3) is the main event final race. If there are less than (8) entries for the category the event will be run as a final.

The PaddleCross competition will have separate races for the following categories and board specs:

Mens SUP (12’6 & Under)
Men Prone (10'6" Lifeguard spec.)
Women SUP (12'6" & Under)
Women Prone (10'6" Lifeguard spec.)

Men & Women
Junior (18 & Under)
OPEN (cash prizes)
Senior (40 & over)

Attention!

All of our races involve a “beach start” meaning that racers will have to navigate in and out of the surf zone. For everyone’s safety, we encourage all racers to make certain they have significant experience with launching from the beach through ocean waves. We encourage novice and even intermediate paddlers to take one or more classes with a certified instructor.

Lifeguard Dory Races

Area lifeguards will row 2-person rescue boats in both a 1 mile sprint and a crowd-pleasing 3 lap race through surf zone.

This is event is part of the race series by the National Dorymans Association

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Early Registration — through 3/21


Pre-Registration — 3/22 through 5/23


Late & Race Day Registration — 5/24 through 6/11
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One-Mile Ocean Swim

The Santa Monica Pier provides a breathtaking start for the athletes before they compete in the stunning Pacific Ocean. Our one-mile ocean swim is a spectacular event for amateur & Masters swimmers and multi-sport athletes. This rectangular course has three left turns and one right turn, clearly marked by yellow buoys. Swimmers start on the beach, swim counter-clockwise around the first three buoys and turn right, at the last buoy, and finish on the beach.

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Divisions for the 1-mile swim

13-16
17-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60+


Swim Attire

While, wetsuits are allowed, those wearing wetsuits are not eligible for awards. The use of flotation and or propulsion aids of any kind are prohibited, including swim fins and hand paddles. All competitors are required to wear the provided swim caps supplied at check-in for safety.


Time Limit Policies

A cutoff time of 55 minutes for the 1-mile swim is strictly enforced. Swimmers who fail to make the cutoff time will be considered disqualified non-finishers. This cutoff time has been established to ensure the safety of swimmers. Swimmers who fail to complete the required distance under the established cutoff time will be visited by a motorized safety craft. Those swimmers will be required to swim to shore immediately.


Run-Swim-Run

This is a fun ‘extra’ event for athletes to participate in. For only $10 – stack yourself up against your friends (and competitors) in a 400m Sand Run – 400m Swim – 400m Sand Run.
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Divisions for the run-swim-run

Awards are given to overall top 3 male and female winners.

Beach Volleyball returns to the Pier on June 11.

AAU Santa Monica Ocean Festival Volleyball Tournament

The AAU Beach Santa Monica Ocean Festival June 11th tournament will feature six boys and 10 girls teams in the 18:U division. All teams will be invited by the AAU Beach commissioner’s selection committee. The boys division will serve as a “showcase” event, while the girls division will be part of the “AAU Beach Girls 18 Elite Series”.

The AAU Beach Girls 18 Elite Series consists of the Santa Monica Ocean Festival, The AAU Pan Pacific Championship (Honolulu, HI), The AAU National Classic (New Orleans, LA) and The America’s Challenge (San Juan, PR). The events invite the top Girls 18:U teams to compete in the series as a prelude or as a post to the AAU National Championships and the AAU West Coast Junior Olympic Games, both of which are hosted in Hermosa Beach, CA.

Medal winning teams from the Santa Monica Ocean Festival will earn bids into the West Coast Junior Olympic Games.
— All athletes must have a current AAU Membership.
— Check-In takes place from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
— Tournament Meeting: 9:15 AM
— Walk-Up Registration at 8:00 AM, if space is available, is $75 per team

Divisions Offered:
— Boys 18
— Girls 18

The AAU Beach program, which began with just 32 athletes in 1994, is the largest and most comprehensive junior beach volleyball program in the country. This year the AAU will operate over 50 tournaments in 12 states and Puerto Rico for two person teams, ages 10 to 18. For more information, visit the national tour site or the Souther Pacific District site

Free Beach Volleyball Clinic

We are excited with to host another FREE volleyball clinic with Volleyball Legends, Jim Menges and Mika Hunkin from 10:00am-12:00 and the AAU Beach Santa Monica Volleyball Tournament taking place all day long.

The clinic will basic volleyball skills including the pass, set, spike and serve. There will also valuable instruction for more advanced players, a free lunch and lots of fun and excitement for all.

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Volleyball Clinic with 5 Time Manhattan Beach Open Champion, Jim Menges and Mika Hunkin.

Jim Menges started playing beach volleyball in 1968 at Santa Monica's Sorrento Beach. He began playing on the "outside courts", and graduated to the "first court", playing with Tom Chamales, Greg Lee and Randy Niles. His first Open win came at the 1973 Marine Open, with Greg Lee. During his career, Menges entered 75 Open tournaments, advancing to the finals 62 times, winning 48 events. He is currently coaching Jose Loiola, and Emanuel Rego. Menges has served as Tournament Director for the AVP Tour and was inducted into the CBVA Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Early Registration — through 3/21


Pre-Registration — 3/22 through 5/23


Late & Race Day Registration — 5/24 through 6/11
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Juniors Competition

Our Junior’s Competition includes events in the ocean and on the sand including the Juniors 250m Swim, the Juniors SUP, Juniors Paddle and the 1K Soft Sand Beach Run.

IT IS MANDATORY FOR PARENTS TO SIGN WAIVER FOR KIDS TO PARTICIPATE.
Click HERE to download.
*It is ok for minor to be accompanied by another adult, but must have waiver signed by legal guardian.

Kids Beach Festival (9AM - NOON)

Kids of all ages are invited to play on the sand at our free Beach Festival with active events including short sand runs, an obstacle course, yoga, beach flags, limbo and other non-competitive activities that will keep children entertained and moving throughout the morning. Come for all the activities or just drop in for an hour.

Registered participants who complete at least 5 of the Kids Beach Event games and activities are eligible to win a Day Pass for Pacific Park (while supplies last).

Youth Activities are FREE for children 3 to 17.

Check in on the sand below the Pier.
Children must be supervised by a parent at all times.

Schedule of Events
8:15 am - Kids Beach Events registration opens (on the sand)
9:00 am - Kids Beach Events begin
10:00 am - Kids Sand Run (1/2 mile on the soft sand)
10:30 am - Youth Beach Flags (must be 8-17 to participate)
11:15 am - Kids Yoga
12:00 am - Kids Beach Events close


Juniors 250M Swim

A loop swim from the beach, through the surf zone out near the end of the pier and back in. Swimmers start on the beach, swim around the two buoys and finish on the beach. Must be at least 8 years old to participate. Registration includes a T-shirt, goodie bag with samples, lunch, and access to all the day’s entertainment. Plus there are trophies and passes for Pacific Park for top 3 male and female finishers in each division (8-10; 11-13; 14-16). This swim is open water through the shore break. Junior Swimmers must be comfortable in waves and the open water. We recommend that all swimmers be capable of swimming swim 500m in the pool without stopping.

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Time Limit Policies - A cutoff time of 20 minutes for the 250m swim is strictly enforced. Swimmers who fail to make the cutoff time will be considered disqualified non-finishers. This cutoff time has been established to ensure the safety of swimmers. Swimmers who fail to complete the required distance under the established cutoff time will be visited by a motorized safety craft. Those swimmers will be required to swim to shore immediately.


Beach Flags

A beach running event that is akin to Musical Chairs. The event is laid out on soft sand and the course can be up to 25 yards long. Competitors check in with Beachmaster/Race officials to receive seeding order and final start instructions. Participants line-up (laying down) facing away from the placed flags. Upon the starter’s instructions & whistled start, athletes will race down the course to grab a flag. There will always be less (1) flag per athlete in the heat contested… and this sequence will repeat until there is a winner.


Juniors SUP & Paddleboard Races

A short loop course out to near the end of the pier and back in through the surf and onto the beach. Must be at least 8 years old to participate (leashes required for those 13 years and under). Registration includes a T-shirt, goodie bag with samples, lunch, and access to all the day’s entertainment. Plus there are trophies and passes for Pacific Park for top 3 male and female finishers in each division (age groups and board lengths coming soon).
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Juniors 1K Soft Sand Run

This beach run starts and finishes up on the sand below the Pier. Participants will run along a 1K course on the soft sand. This event is free but all participants must register and have a waiver signed by a parent. All finisher’s receive a race souvenir.

BEER & RUM

Sierra Nevada
Inspired by the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, our beers are designed to be as bold, wild and unwavering as those storied granite peaks. With respect to tradition and an unbridled passion for innovation, Sierra Nevada beers are inspired by the philosophy that anything is possible. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of craft beer and we look forward to the day that flavorful beers are the standard throughout the world.

Tommy Bahama
Tommy Bahama Rum invites you to sip into the good life. It`s no surprise that Tommy Bahama Rum, a rum of such sublime elegance, would immerge from the beautiful island of Barbados. Perhaps it is the crystal clear cool water and the finest blackstrap molasses. Maybe it`s the fact that Tommy Bahama Rum is aged in small batches and blended by a master distiller. Regardless of the reason, the result is a delightful ultra-premium rum that has no equal.

MUSIC

Dick Dale

Acts earlier in the day:
Ookes of Hazard
DJ Todd Alter
Kimo Williams

Hula Troops led by:
Amanda Taketa
D. Leolani Gallardo, Tahitian dancer
Farrah Mahealani Harder

TRAINING & RACE CLINICS

If you are new to paddle boarding, or looking to gain experience for the 2016 Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival at the Santa Monica Pier, we have partnered with the best local SUP/Paddleboard companies in the area for lessons, rentals and clinics. If it’s your first time out, we recommend heading to Marina del Rey (ProSUP Shop) or Redondo Beach Marina (Tarsan) for some flat water training. After some sessions on the flat water, it’ll be time to head out to the open water (Perry’s, Poseidon, Annenberg Beach House). Check our Facebook page for updates on group lessons, people meeting up, and other fun activities leading up to the race day! See the Google Map of locations of our event partners.

Prosup Shop

Jamaica Bay Inn Parking lot
4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA

PROSUPSHOP RENTALS ARE NOW AVAILABLE WEEKDAYS FROM 9:30AM-5:00PM AND WEEKENDS FROM 9:00AM- 5:00PM

Moonlit Marina Paddle Cruises are held every Wednesday and Friday Evenings.

When: Wednesday & Friday Nights at 7pm

Where: Mother's Beach in Marina Del Rey. We meet in the Jamaica Bay Inn Northwest end of the parking lot.


Tarsan Stand Up Paddle - REDONDO

Direct Marina Access!
831 N. Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-798-2200

HOURS:
​Mon - Friday 8:00-6:00
Saturday & Sunday 8:00-6:00pm


Tarsan Stand Up Paddle - HERMOSA

1 Block from the Ocean!
936 Hermosa Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
​ 310-798-7878

HOURS:
Mon, Thurs, Fri; 10:00-6:00pm
Tues & Wed - CLOSED
Sat & Sun; 8:00-6:00pm


Poseidon

1654 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.6948428


Annenberg Community Beach House @ Santa Monica State Beach

Rentals are available year-round.
Please call 310-458-4904 before your visit to confirm availability.
$25/1 hour
$40/2 hours
$60/4 hours

Rental includes board, paddle, cart to transport board to the beach, and personal flotation device. Waiver required. Introductory video available to watch for beginners. Availability is subject to weather and surf conditions. Please note, during the off-season, between October and May, the office may close for lunch. Not ready to try it on your own? Stand Up Paddle board classes also available during the summer season.


Tony Stearns Radfish Malibu

30765 pacific Coast Hwy. #253
Malibu, CA 90265
310-433-1767


Train with our partners!

If you are new to paddle boarding, or looking to gain experience for the 2016 race, we have partnered with the best local SUP/Paddleboard companies in the area for lessons, rentals and clinics.
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New!

Watch elite youth volleyball players compete as they earn points to AAU Nationals! Free Pro-Clinics hosted by Jim Menges and Mika Hunkin.
Learn More >

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Early Registration — through 3/21


Pre-Registration — 3/22 through 5/23


Late & Race Day Registration — 5/24 through 6/11
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WIN BIG!

Top 3 male and female winners receive hand-carved Koa bowl trophies for
each division. All paid competitors receive a limited edition race t-shirt, complimentary lunch, drinks and snacks. Race prizes worth more than $15,000.

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The Races

Paddleboard & SUP Long Course, Fun Paddle, and Elite Race


Ocean Swims & Run-Swim-Run


Lifeguard Dory Races


Tommy Bahama Paddle Cross


Juniors Swim


Juniors Paddle / SUP Races


Free Youth Beach Activities

Event Schedule >

Ocean Festival Events

Pop-up Museum: Historic surfboards, paddleboards, photography & artifacts


Special Apperances: Surf Culture Legends


Board Making Demonstrations


Live Bands & Hula Dance Troupes


Beer Garden by Sierra Nevada


Rum Bar by Tommy Bahama


AAU Volleyball Tournament & Pro Clinic

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BIG THANKS TO OUR 2016 PARTNERS!


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