A Win for the SM Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival Presented by Tommy Bahama

09 - Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival Presented by Tommy BahamaProfessional big wave surfer Jamie Mitchell of Costa Mesa, California took first place in the physically demanding 5.5-mile elite paddle race on Saturday, June 7 for the 5th annual Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival Presented by Tommy Bahama. Hundreds of the top stand up paddleboard racers in the world and thousands of spectators gathered at the historic Santa Monica Pier for this action-packed event. The event also benefited Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds clean.

Throughout the day, spectators enjoyed a fun beach vibe that featured thrilling race competitions, live music, hula dancers, a surf history pop-up museum, and renowned artist Wade Koniakowsky who was live custom painting a surfboard that will be part of an ultimate surf-inspired sweepstakes – Art of Surf.  The Tommy Bahama lounge provided a place to relax and cool off with a drink.

It was a successful day with some great coverage from the Los Angeles Register, LAMag.com and Refinery29.com to an awesome paddleboarding segment on Good Day LA, and more…

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