What is SEA Paddle NYC?

SEA Paddle NYC is a 25-mile standup and prone paddle event around the island of Manhattan. It serves as Surfers’ Environmental Alliance’s primary fundraiser. The Paddle and ancillary events raise money for environmental preservation, a number of non-profit autism organizations and for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, bringing awareness to and supporting the causes closest to SEA’s core values.

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Is the SEA Paddle NYC a race?

SEA Paddle NYC is a charity fundraising paddle for fun, yet there are cash prizes for the top finishers provided by SEA. The event is a WPA Sanctioned Specialty Event, meaning many of the official WPA rules do not apply (points, classes, drafting, knee paddling, etc). Click here  for WPA rules.

Is there an alternate date for the Paddle in case of foul weather?

Due to the scale of the logistical planning associated with SEA Paddle NYC, unless dangerous conditions such as lightning or hurricane hit the morning of the event, it will occur as planned. Check this site or our Facebook page for last minute details.

Can I do the Paddle as a team relay?

Any number of participants may combine to form a team. Individual registration and fundraising goals remain the same. All teams must provide their own support boat and must notify the safety director of the type and size of the boat. Boat docking information will be made available shortly.

What are the logistics of getting to the start and finish?

It is every paddler’s responsibility to get to the start at Brooklyn Bridge Beach on Monday morning by 7:30 AM for registration and start.

Do I need to wear a leash?

All participants will be required to use a leash. We ONLY recommend the coiled racing leash. This leash will not drag behind your board, it will not slow you down and it will not get caught on any submerged object.

Do I need a PFD?

Each participant must have a Coast Guard-approved PFD on board.

Can I register for the event as a team?

Yes, each paddle category (Charity Paddle, Relay, SUP Elite, and Prone Elite) has the option to either register as an individual, create a new team or join an existing team. Once a team is created, registrants from any of the categories may join a team even if the team captain/creator is in a different event. Then, along with your individual fundraising web page, the team will have a group web page to track your combined fundraising efforts. The purpose of the team is purely for fundraising efforts and/or bragging rights. The teams’ times are not combined in any way for rankings or prizes. Relay team members need to provide their own support boat and manage exchanges. For detailed information on team creation please visit:

https://www.dojiggy.com/facebook/fundraisinglibrary/docs/Team_Captain_Software_Instructions.pdf

Where do I stay if I'm from out of the area?

Hotel suggestions:

Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel

(218 W. 35th Street between 7/8th Aves)

(212) 239-0014

 

Paramount Hotel New York City

235 W 46th Street, New York, NY ‎

(212) 764-5500

 

Other Hotels near Chelsea Piers:

Maritime Hotel

363 W 16th St, New York, NY ‎

(212) 242-4300 ‎ · themaritimehotel.com

 

The High Line Hotel

180 10th Ave, New York, NY ‎

(212) 929-3888 ‎ · thehighlinehotel.com

 

Hotel Gansevoort

18 9th Ave, New York, NY ‎

(212) 206-6700 ‎ · hotelgansevoort.com

 

Hotel Americano

518 W 27th St, New York, NY ‎

(212) 216-0000 ‎ · hotel-americano.com

 

Chelsea Highline Hotel

184 11th Ave, New York, NY ‎

(212) 366-4129 ‎ · hotelringingbell.com

 

The Standard

848 Washington St, New York, NY ‎

(212) 645-4646 ‎ · standardhotels.com

 

The Jane Hotel

113 Jane St, New York, NY ‎

(212) 924-6700 ‎ · thejanenyc.com

 

Liberty Inn

51 10th Ave, New York, NY ‎

(212) 741-2333 ‎ · libertyinnnyc.com

 

Dream Downtown

355 W 16th St, New York, NY ‎

(212) 229-2559 ‎ · dreamdowntown.com

 

Chelsea Lodge

318 W 20th St, New York, NY ‎

(212) 243-4499 ‎ · chelsealodge.com

Who do I contact for more information?

Contact info@seasurfer.org with any questions.

How can I get involved if I don't want to paddle?

There are several ways to get involved:

  1. Support a paddler or team through a monetary donation via this website.
  2. Participate as a volunteer. There are plenty of opportunities available.
  3. Become a sponsor of the event.  If you are interested in sponsorship please contact info@seasurfer.org
  4. If you have a boat, jet ski, yacht, fishing trawler or a boating license, you can volunteer to captain a support boat. For more information, please contact us at info@seasurfer.org

What is the fundraising minimum of each paddler?

A minimum of $1000 must be raised by each paddler in order to participate. Teams can make up the difference for meeting their teammates’ minimum goal.

What do you do with the money that is donated?

100% of all pledges are shared by our beneficiaries.

Are there incentives for fundraising?

A minimum of $1,000 must be raised by each paddler in order to participate.
Non-elite paddlers who raise $3,000 or more by August 1st will have their their entry fee refunded (elite paddlers will not have their entry fee reimbursed, as those fees subsidize their prize money).
Any participant who raise $5,000 will receive a complimentary two-night stay at our partner hotel.

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SURFERS’ ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE

Surfers’ Environmental Alliance is committed to the preservation and protection of the environmental and cultural elements inherent to the sport of surfing. Our goals are achieved through grassroots efforts, community involvement, education, and humanitarian efforts.

We engage in projects that strive to conserve the quality of our marine environment, preserve or enhance surf breaks, protect beach access rights, and safeguard the coastal surf zone from unnecessary development.

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