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Endurance paddle runs from LA to San Diego

COAST CITIES — Endurance paddle boarders from across the U.S. will compete in a two-day, Ultra 100-mile paddle race, Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, from Los Angeles to San Diego, beginning in Redondo Beach.

This open-ocean event will be the first paddle event of its kind on the West Coast, as the distance is three times as long as the 32-mile championship races in Stand Up Paddle (SUP) events.

This event is open to both individuals and teams to compete in a relay format.  Contestants will utilize SUP boards, traditional prone boards and outrigger canoes. All contestants will be raising money for Paddle Aid Foundation, Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter, Surfers Healing, Waves for Water, Best Day Foundation and Autism Hawaii.

Day 1 of the paddle race starts at the Redondo Beach King Harbor just north of the Redondo Sportfishing Pier at 6 a.m. Oct. 17. Participants and support boat captains should begin arriving around 5 a.m. The paddlers and flotilla of support boats will head south for 17 miles to Palos Verdes and proceed toward Laguna Beach with a finish at the Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor.

The race resumes at 6 a.m. Oct.18 from Dana Point harbor. Paddlers who wanted to paddle just one day, have the opportunity to participate in a stand-alone 50-mile race. Day 2 will take contestants past Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar and La Jolla, finishing around sunset at Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay. Paddle Aid Foundation will be hosting the Paddleaid 100 fundraiser event immediately following the paddle race.