Third Annual Stand Up Paddle around NYC on August 24th

NYC SUP Paddle Gerry Lopez

Once again the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance have organised a 28 mile paddle around NYC in August 2009. The event looks set to be have legends from the surf and SUP world attending.

New York, NY — Last August, after a successful inaugural event, Surfers’ Environmental Alliance organized a group of over 80 surfers, including several professional surfing legends, to paddle 28 miles around NYC in the name of autism awareness and coastal preservation. The second annual event, SEA Paddle NYC, drew international attention and, in conjunction with the White Water Gala fundraiser held just prior to the paddle, raised money for four autism awareness groups: Autism Speaks, Autism New Jersey, Autism Family Services of New Jersey and Surfers Healing & SEA.

Because of two years of incredible success, SEA Paddle NYC will again be held this year. The White Water Gala will take place on Saturday, August 22, with the paddle event occurring on Monday, August 24 2009.

A few of last year’s participants included legendary free surfer, Keith Malloy, 3 time World Champion, Tom Curran and legendary surfboard shaper, Dick Brewer. Celebrities, including actor, David Chokachi and X-treme athlete, Darian Boyle are returning to participate in this year’s paddle. Chokachi, who is best known for his role as Cody in “Baywatch” is a surfer starring in a television series called “Beyond the Break.”

“Your paddle around NYC was remarkable on every level. Your hearts, your generosity, your talents, your energy are very much appreciated.” – Linda Meyer Ed.D, MPA, Executive Director Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (Autism New Jersey).

NYC SUP Paddle 2008

Joel Tudor, Gerry Lopez and Darrick Doerner are just some of the surf legends already confirmed to participate in this year’s event, along with several surprise acting and musical personalities. The Paddle will start at 9am on Monday, August 24th at Pier 1 South Street Sea Port. Paddlers will go up the East River, enter the Harlem River and come down the Hudson paddling 28 miles to circumnavigate Manhattan.

The White Water Evening is a white themed event held on an ocean front estate in Monmouth Beach, NJ with all proceeds going to autism charities & SEA. The event features great live music and an open bar catered by top local restaurants. There will be a silent auction with donations pouring in from local residents including rocker Bon Jovi.

For information regarding registration, sponsorship, donations, tickets or other participation in SEA Paddle NYC, visit Media & sponsors can contact Andrew Mencinsky at 732-804-4096, Darrick Doerner at 888-HALEIWA.

Gerry Lopez NYC SUP Paddle 2008