Last August, history was made on the waterways surrounding New York City when Surfers’ Environmental Alliance organized a group of over 50 surfers, including several professional surfing legends, to paddle 28 miles around NYC in the name of autism awareness and coastal preservation. The inaugural event, called SEA Paddle NYC, drew international attention and, in conjunction with the White Water Gala fundraiser held just prior to the paddle, raised a total of $90,000 for three autism awareness groups: Autism Speaks, NJCOSAC and Surfers Healing & SEA.
Because of its incredible success, SEA Paddle NYC will again be held this year. The White Water Gala will take place on Saturday, August 16, with the paddle event occurring on Monday, August 18.
The White Water Evening is a white themed event held on an ocean front estate in Monmouth Beach, NJ with all proceeds going to autism charities & SEA. The event features great live music and an open bar catered by top local restaurants. There will be a silent auction with donations pouring in from local residents including rockers Bon Jovi.
Surfing has been shown to be a calming and euphoric activity for those suffering with autism. “Your paddle around NYC was remarkable on every level. Your hearts, your generosity, your talents, your energy are very much appreciated,” said Linda Meyer from the Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC).
Joel Tudor, Gerry Lopez and Darrick Doerner are just some of the surf legends already confirmed to participate in this years event. The Paddle will start at 9am on Monday August 18th at Pier 1 South Street Sea Port. Paddlers will go up the East River, enter the Harlem River and come down the Hudson paddling 28 miles to circumnavigate Manhattan.
For information regarding registration, sponsorship, donations, tickets or other participation, visit the Sea Paddle NYC website.