The Cold Hands Paddle
March 4 – Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, CA
What started as a friendly competition between two lifeguards in the cold waters off Cabrillo Beach has turned into an annual race that brings paddleboards, SUPs, outrigger canoes, kayaks and surf skis together to compete in a 4-mile course around the breakwall. The event is free, parking is $7. Ocean of Hope team members will have a table at registration where you can buy raffle tickets, T-shirts, and gear. Sign in and registration at 7 a.m., and race start at 8:30 a.m. There will be food and drink before the race as well as afterward at a reception between 10-11 a.m.
Surftech Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race
June 16 – Capitola, CA
The Jay Race honors legendary waterman Jay Moriarity. O2H will have a tent at the start / finish line, and the team is excited to be a part of this northern California paddleboard event. Watch for several team members competing for top honors.
Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard Race
June 24 – Catalina Island to Cabrillo Beach
Rock 2 Rock is a challenging and fun 22-mile course starting from the Isthmus on Catalina Island and finishing at Cabrillo State Beach, San Pedro. The race, started many years ago by famed paddleboard shaper Joe Bark, continues under the leadership of George Loren. It is a qualifier for the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Marathon. You can race solo or in a team, traditional or stand-up. $5 from every competitor’s race fee will be donated to the Ocean of Hope on behalf of The Sarcoma Alliance. Awesome goodie bags, pre- and post-race meals, a great finish line venue — all good reasons to come to the race. http://www.rock2rockrace.com.
Moloka’i 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships
July 29 – Oahu, HI
Both stand-up and traditional paddleboarding champions from around the world will gather in Hawaii to test their athletic ability in the most iconic event in the paddling community. The 32-mile crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel connects the islands of Moloka’i and Oahu. More than 2,300 feet deep, the channel creates a funnel effect that shoots billions of gallons of seawater between the islands each hour. Combine that with trade winds, and the seas can range from 8 to 15 feet on an average day and upwards of 20 feet on an extreme day. The Ocean of Hope will have competitors in the race, as well as an information tent in Honolulu. http://www.molokai2oahu.com/
August 26 – Catalina Island to Manhattan Beach, California.
Established in 1955, the Catalina Classic is the oldest and most celebrated endurance paddleboard race in the world. This historic 32-mile marathon, which starts at Catalina’s Isthmus cove and ends at the Manhattan Beach Pier; attracts paddlers from all over the world and is known as the “Grand-Daddy of all paddleboard races.” This is a race by paddlers for paddlers.
Battle of the Bay
September 30– San Francisco, California.
The San Francisco Bay is known worldwide as one of the most challenging bodies of water in the world for watersports of all kinds. Historically it has been home to many of the world’s most premier race events including the Americas Cup and many other National and International Sailing, Windsurfing and Kiteboarding championships. It is surrounded by history, beauty and destinations that people travel from all over the world to see.This nationally recognized watersport race event features Standup Paddleboard, Prone Paddleboard, OC1, OC2, and Surfski competition.
Would you like to volunteer? Volunteers are always needed to staff information tables and tents at our events. If you would like to volunteer, please email [email protected]
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Honor a Loved One
Would you like to honor a loved one? Donations of $1,500 or more will help to honor someone who has or had sarcoma with an honor sticker on the paddleboard of a team member at one of our many team events or at the Catalina Classic, where O2H started. Please send an email to Aimee Spector at [email protected] and type Honor Sticker in the subject line.
Sponsors and Supporters
Please contact Alyssa O’Driscoll at [email protected] for 2018 sponsorship opportunities.