NEW YORK, New York – If you’re a stand-up paddler, you have just 7 weeks left to register for what is arguably one of the most exciting race events of the year! On Saturday, August 11, the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA) will host its twelfth annual SEA Paddle NYC, a grueling 25-mile event that attracts elite athletes and covers the dangerous waters circling Manhattan…all for charity.
“As one of the world’s top-ten, stand-up-paddle events, SEA Paddle NYC draws elite paddlers from all over the world to test their endurance and raise funds for charity,” say SEA Executive Director, Richard Lee.
According to Clif Bar Relay Team Captain Evelyn O’Doherty, “This is my favorite event of the year. It’s unlike anything else I’ve ever been asked to do. As a paddler, the opportunity to paddle around Manhattan is an extraordinary experience.
“The conditions this race throws at you are challenging, which makes it incredibly exciting. You traverse Hell’s Gate, the Harlem River, the East River, all the way back down the Hudson. Each leg of the race throws different circumstances at you that you have to navigate. The aqua-terrain offers tremendous mental and physical challenges.”
Photos from 2017’s event. | Photo Courtesy: SEA Paddle NYC
Paddlers still have time to register to participate HERE.
Paddlers, or teams, are each required to raise a minimum of $1,000 with all proceeds benefitting several autism nonprofits and SEA. SEA works on environmental issues inherent to the surfing community and provides support to children with autism and their families. Since 2007, SEA has raised almost $3.2 million, with 100 percent of pledges going directly to the charities.
About Surfers Environmental Alliance
Surfers’ Environmental Alliance is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit committed to the preservation and protection of the environmental and cultural elements inherent to the sport of surfing. These goals are achieved through grassroots efforts, community involvement, education, and humanitarian efforts. SEA strives to engage in projects to conserve the quality of the marine environment, preserve or enhance surf breaks, protect beach access rights, and safeguard the coastal surf zone from unnecessary development. For more information visit www.seasurfer.org.
Hundreds of paddlers gather to participate in the 2017 SEA Paddle NYC. | Photo Courtesy: SEA Paddle NYC
To find a SUP event in your area see the Supconnect Events Calendar.