Rainbow® Sandals is proud to announce the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle® for 2014 at Salt Creek Beach on October 4th-5th, 2014. After maximizing capacity in 2013 at Doheny State Beach, we moved the event 3 miles north to the beautiful coastline of Salt Creek Beach. Having the Battle of the Paddle® at Salt Creek will allow us to have a larger Stand Up Paddle Expo, new and challenging race courses, more parking, and a stadium arena layout for spectators.
The Battle of the Paddle® has grown in participation from both competitors and exhibitors every year. Last year we filled the beach with 171 exhibitor spaces. This year we will be able to facilitate a total 300 spaces. The beach at Salt Creek is much larger and flatter, and stretches twice as far as our previous site at Doheny.
Salt Creek is one of the most beautiful beaches in California, located just south of Laguna Beach. The unique geography allows people to look above the expo area and watch the action in the water from everywhere at the event including event registration.
Concierge shuttle service is provided free of charge to all spectators, competitors and exhibitors, direct to the event site. Shuttles will transport from parking lots at Dana Hills High School, Strands Beach Park and Salt Creek before, during and after.
We are excited to exhibit courses we designed for all races. The Elite Race will showcase better surfing and racing action. In case of large surf we’ve devised alternate courses for the Open and Kids race that are safe for all levels of paddling. The Distance Race will provide new and scenic vistas along the beautiful Orange County coast.
The Rainbow Sandals® Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle® is proud to hold the worlds largest Stand-Up-Paddle event at Salt Creek—California’s most beautiful beach.
Rainbow Sandals Foundation is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
The Foundation supports middle school and high school educational and athletic programs, contribute to organizations that provide after school enrichment activities such as the Boys & Girls Club of America and Ocean Institute, provide instruction in the sport of stand up paddle boarding and raises funds for such charitable and educational activities by hosting the Battle of the Paddle event.