Sea Isle event will be a battle of the paddles

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The Fish Alley Paddle Fest will include standup paddleboard, surf ski, kayak and SUP-Squatch races. The Fish Alley Paddle Fest will include standup paddleboard, surf ski, kayak and SUP-Squatch races. Harbor Outfitters will host its second annual Fish Alley Paddle Fest Sunday, July 27 in Sea Isle City.

Returning this year is the Battle to the Beach, an 8.7-mile standup paddleboard and surf ski race from Sea Isle’s Fish Alley Basin (Park Road) north through Corsons Inlet and out into the ocean, ending at the 35th Street beach. Men must use a 14-foot standup paddleboard, and for women the requirement is 12.5 feet.

The Fish Alley Paddle Fest is a World Paddle Association event in which participants in the long race can earn points in the association.

The race starts 9:30 a.m. and ends on the beach where the Battle on the Beach races, demonstrations and possibly beach yoga will held.

New this year, the Battle on the Beach will include standup paddleboard and kayak relays and SUP-Squatch five-person team races for all ages. There will also be several equipment demonstrations. The starting heat will begin 10:30 a.m.

Participants are advised to bring their own equipment, but there will be some equipment on site for use while supplies last.

“We really want to get all of the community involved,” said Harbor Outfitters owner Tricia Piola. “We just want everyone to come out and have some nice, clean fun.”

Harbor Outfitters has been in business for 13 years. It operates from six locations, in Sea Isle City, Ocean City and Stone Harbor. Harbor Outfitters has been offering standup paddleboarding for six years.

“We want to spread the paddleboard stoke,” Piola said. “We want everyone who comes to the beach to experience the water. This is just one of the ways that we can provide that fun to people.”

The activities on the beach conclude 3 p.m. and will be followed by an after party and award ceremony 4 p.m. sponsored by local musicians Reef’g and Drifters restaurant in Sea Isle City.

Participants can register in advance at paddleguru.com or on location the day of the event. The registration fee for the Battle to the Beach is $50 and begins 8 a.m. at 329 43rd Place. The registration for the Battle on the Beach is $20 and begins 9 a.m. at Harbor Outfitters, 3500 Boardwalk in Sea Isle.

For information call 609-263-1401.


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