Top surfers and friends to raise money for autism awareness in 28-mile paddle around Manhattan.

Due to its incredible success at the inaugural event last year, SEA Paddle NYC will be held again this August. The weekend of events kicks off with The White Water Gala on Saturday, August 16th, followed by the 28-mile paddle around Manhattan on Monday, August 18th.

Gerry Lopez, Darrick Doerner, and Joel Tudor are just some of the surf legends already confirmed to participate with Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA) in this year’s paddle. Like last year, the event will be showcasing some of the top paddlers from around the world. The paddle starts on Monday, August 18th at 9am at the South Street Sea Port’s Pier 1. Participants will follow a course up the East River, through the Harlem River and down the Hudson River, finishing the grueling 28-mile course at the North Cove Marina at the World Financial Center.

The White Water Gala is a white-themed fundraiser held on an oceanfront estate in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, with all proceeds going to autism charities and SEA. This year’s event on Saturday evening, August 16th, features live music, an open bar, catering by award-winning chef David Burke’s Fromagerie, and a magical atmosphere. There will be a silent auction with donations from local businesses, celebrities, and residents, including rocker Jon Bon Jovi. The auction will also feature four - yes four - Dick Brewer surfboards, hand shaped by the master himself especially for SEA. These highly collectible boards have been known to fetch tens of thousands of dollars in previous auctions. In addition, Mr. Brewer may attend the event to personalize and oversee the auctioning of these prized boards.

Last August, history was made on the waterways of New York City. SEA organized a group of top surfers, paddlers, and athletes, including several professionals and surfing legends, to circumnavigate Manhattan 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, raised over $90,000 for three autism awareness groups: Autism Speaks, NJCOSAC and Surfers Healing & SEA.

When asked about the experience, Paul Davis, SEA member and participant said: “We had an amazing time at last year’s event. It’s a unique opportunity for the paddlers to see Manhattan from the water and an even better opportunity for all the spectators to see our many sponsors who stepped up for autism awareness.”

For information regarding registration, sponsorship, donations, tickets or other participation, check out the SEA Paddle NYC website.