On Sunday, July 13, 2014, over 128 paddlers came out to participate in Clean Ocean Action and Surfers’ Environmental Alliance’s ShorePaddle. The Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) board event consisted of an 8-mile World Paddle Association points sanctioned Race and a 3-mile Fun Paddle. It was a beautiful day in Victory Park,Rumson, NJ and even with the challenging conditions on the Navesink River, the participants managed to paddle on!
Congratulations to our winners! Robin Delgado was our top finisher overall and paddled a 14’ Stand-Up Paddleboard. He was followed closely by the prone division winner, Michael Connor. The men’s 12'6" division was won by Michael Fithian. The women’s divisions were won by Kim Levins on a 12’6” board and Mary Dawson paddling a 14’ board. It was a close race overall. Congratulations to everyone who completed the course!
Not a paddler? Not a problem! At Victory Park there were fun activities for all ages to enjoy! Newcomers were able to get their feet wet and learn to paddleboard and demo different SUP boards. Relaxing yoga classes, taught by Kristin Gould of Ohanala Yoga, took place on the grassy knoll and were open to the public. Children had a blast getting their face painted, crafting and painting sailboats from reclaimed driftwood, and decorating cheer cards to show their support for their favorite racers. Monmouth County Park System seined the Victory Park beach where the children discovered and learned about the marine life in the Navesink River.
Clean Ocean Action looks forward to hosting ShorePaddle for many years to come and we are excited to expand its reach. Through this event we are able to engage and educate members of our community on the importance of clean water and beaches, while enjoying a beautiful day on the water and at Victory Park. Stay tuned and join us for next summer’s Shore Paddle!
For more updates and pictures from the event, please visit Facebook.com/ShorePaddle.