CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Cardiff resident, surfer and local paddleboard star Joel Tudor is heading to New York City Aug. 13 for a 28-mile charity Paddle and Elite Race around Manhattan. Tudor will take part in the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance fourth annual SEA Paddle NYC to raise awareness and funds for eight autism charities and SEA’s environmental projects.
Surfers’ Environmental Alliance is committed to the preservation and protection of the environmental and cultural elements that are inherent to the sport of surfing.
Charity beneficiaries will include Surfers Healing, Autism Speaks, Autism Family Services, Autism New Jersey, Best Day Foundation, Beautiful Son Foundation, Believe in Me School, and Parents of Autistic Children as well as Surfers’ Environmental Alliance. For more information on Surfers’ Environmental Alliance and SEA Paddle NYC 2010, or to register for the event, visit www.seapaddlenyc.org.
Tudor is a world-famous longboard surfer who started out in skateboarding in his teens, gaining both recognition and sponsorship. On the water, his apparently effortless skill led him to win his first professional ASP competition at age 14. Unlike the vast majority of his contemporaries who were riding only modern, short surfboards, Joel also rode the out-of-fashion longboard, and it was the longboard that catapulted him to fame in his mid-teens.
Tudor now has his own surfboard manufacturing company, and also sells wetsuits in Japan.