Charity Paddle Supports Autism Groups, Environmental Causes & Hurricane Sandy Relief

LONG BRANCH, N.J. — The Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA), headquartered here, is gearing up for its seventh annual SEA Paddle NYC around Manhattan.

On Aug. 9, SEA Paddle NYC — a 25-mile charity paddle that includes an elite race and a shorter, 5-mile course — will kick off with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Brooklyn Bridge Beach. Paddlers, or teams, each raise a minimum of $1,000 with all proceeds given to the Paddle’s beneficiaries, which include POACAutism Family Services of New JerseySurfers HealingBest Day FoundationThe Shore Center andVirginia Autism Project. In addition to supporting those with autism, SEA Paddle NYC will also benefit the Alliance’s environmental efforts and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts this year.

“The SEA Paddle is one of the most magical days that I look forward to all year,” said Darian Boyle, a sports reporter, television/radio host and SEA Board Member. “Paddlers come from all over the globe pushing themselves physically and mentally while raising money and awareness for autism and the environment. What better way to explore NYC than on a paddleboard with friends, old and new, sharing smiles and memories that you cherish forever?”

Again this year, big wave legend Darrick Doerner will be participating in the paddle.

Immediately following the Paddle will be the Aloha Party (former White Water Evening). The party will be held at Chelsea Brewing Company in Chelsea Piers, close to the Paddle finish line.  Live music, food and drink are offered and it is open to the public.  In addition, pre-registration will be held on Thursday, Aug 8th down at the South St. Seaport followed by a party at Beekman Beer Garden with SEA Paddle sponsors Dos XXVita CocoFaherty Brand and more!

Sponsor Paddle Out Manasquan is offering free clinics in Manasquan, NJ to help paddlers train for the event. Clinics are 7 a.m. on July 7, 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4. First-time racers and veterans alike are welcome and boards are available to rent. To join, just show up at the shop on Main Street. For more information or to arrange a board rental, call 732-223-3131.

SEA Paddle NYC is proudly supported by Standup Paddle MagazineDistressed MulletStoke Stand Up Paddle Radio,YOLO BoardChelsea PiersChelsea Brewing CompanyDos XXVita CocoPaddle Out ManasquanRhizotomy Surf andCorran Stand Up Paddleboards. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Ariane Yazdan at

Paddlers are encouraged to register now and start fundraising. All registration information, as well as additional Paddle information, can be found at Information on non-paddle donations, tickets to the Aloha Party and links to all things SEA Paddle can also be found on SEA’s site.

To gear up for the event paddlers may want to participate in two upcoming paddles in order to prepare. The paddles are; Shore Paddle with a Purpose (July 21st, Rumson, NJ) and The Endless SUP Race (August 1st, Bradley Beach, NJ).  For more information on these two events click here.

Ways to get involved

  1. Register click here
  2. Volunteer click here
  3. Donate an auction item email
  4. Make a donation click here