SBMM is pleased to announce the return of its annual Paddle Out Party (POP!), which will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Leadbetter Beach. With great food; cool music from local band Do No Harm; activities for kids; and a paddle out featuring every kind of person-propelled craft (and swimming!), the fun-filled day is not to be missed!
“Join us for a gathering of the water tribe to show gratitude and raise funds for our beautiful SB Maritime Museum,” said event Co-Chair, SBMM Board Member, and 1977 World Champion Surfer Shaun Tomson. “Grab a surfboard, kayak, SUP, canoe, bikini, or Speedo – grab anything that floats – and join us on an awesome paddle out to uplift and inspire the community. I am super stoked to be a part of this initiative to celebrate Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and our rich ocean heritage.”
Participate in the Paddle Out by attending the event, registering as an individual, or by creating or joining a team here: https://bit.ly/SBMM_POP_2023
Registrants may enter in one of five categories – swimmer, surfboard, stand-up paddle board, kayak/canoe, or dory/rowboat. The friendly, rewarding competition will help SBMM raise funds via participants’ personal networks while also providing the opportunity to receive the following prizes:
- Team captains will receive free event registration when five people join their team.
- Individuals raising $300 will receive a free Individual membership to SBMM.
- The first five individuals to raise $500 will receive gift cards to local Santa Barbara businesses.
- The first five individuals to raise $1,000 will be able to pick from a Condor Express package or a trip to Santa Cruz Island with Island Packers Cruises.
- The grand prize to the top fundraiser will be an evening pizza party with age-appropriate beverages for 10 at SBMM including 10 copies of the book The Code by World Champion Surfer Shaun Tomson.
“Our local ocean, enclosed by the rugged Channel Islands, brings us unique and fascinating history, and bestows endless opportunity,” said event Co-Chair Kristin Larson. “I love the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum because it gives our community a home-base to learn about and celebrate this rich culture – from the tiniest bit of zooplankton to the mightiest sailing vessels; from hardhat divers exploring its depths to keepers of its lighthouses. SBMM is a vital hub, and it is my privilege to help spearhead this wonderful community engagement event. We have many ‘seaprizes’ in store for you! You will not want to miss this ‘flagship’ event!”
Need a rental? Paddle Sports Center will be providing 25 percent off the day rate for stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. Use promo code SBMM-save-25 to receive the discount. Learn more and reserve a craft here: https://www.paddlesportsca.com/kayak-paddleboard-rentals-santa-barbara/.
Help us make the Paddle Out a success! Funds raised allow the museum to do its good work even better, showcasing exciting exhibitions, providing for hands-on educational experiences; and building community through gatherings and events – all while highlighting 13,000 years of maritime history – from Chumash culture to today’s surfing and environmental movements.
“This annual event honors our rich maritime heritage, from the Chumash, our first mariners, and through to modern day surfing, which also has a rich history here,” said SBMM Executive Director Greg Gorga. “Bringing all ages of our community together to honor and celebrate the Santa Barbara Channel and the wonders of our oceans fits perfectly with SBMM’s mission.”
The Paddle Out Party is generously sponsored by George and Judy Writer, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Chuck and Mary Wilson, Dan and Rae Emmett, Arlington Financial Advisors, Hiroko Benko, Tim and Louise Casey, John and Tracie Doordan, Mimi Michaelis, HUB International Insurance Services, Suzi Sheller, and Peter Schuyler and Lisa Stratton. In-kind sponsors include Dart Coffee Co., Oleavicin, and the Condor Express.