Water Quality
September 21 2011

Paddle for Clean Water

by Mara Dias

The San Diego Chapter celebrated their 20th annual Paddle for Clean Water on Sunday.  In San Diego the Paddle For Clean Water is a non-competitive event that consists of over 1000 local surfers and ocean enthusiasts paddling around the Ocean Beach Pier to bring awareness to the pollution problem along San Diego’s coastline. This is a free event, and everyone is invited to participate with any human-powered paddlecraft. 

The DC Chapter held their 17th annual Paddle for Clean Water on Saturday.  More than 100 members and friends of the Surfrider Foundation paddled surfboards, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and other non-motorized watercraft to raise public awareness of water quality issues in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Paddlers started out in Georgetown, paddled the Potomac River to the base of the Key Bridge and stopped at Roosevelt Island on the return trip to clean up trash.

From the photos below it looks like both events were a great success with fun had by all.  More coverage and photos can be found on the Chapter's facebook pages: San Diego & DC.

DC Surfrider's 17th Annual Paddle for Clean Water


Under the Key Bridge in the Potomac River, DC


San Diego, CA