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PaddleFest Helps Foster Youth Hang Ten

Oct 01, 2012 03:33PM

Urban Surf 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of local orphans and foster youth, is hosting its first annual “PaddleFest” on Sunday, October 14 at Bonita Cove at Mission Bay Park.

“We are thrilled about our inaugural PaddleFest event,” says Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids. “Paddlefest will have something for everyone, whether you are a serious paddler, a first-timer, or just out to enjoy the festivities and support a good cause.”

The event will consist of three stand-up paddleboard races for participants of all skill levels, as well as a vendor expo featuring surf and skate exhibitions, boarding demonstrations, live music, food, entertainment and a kids’ corner. There will also be prize raffle featuring a brand new SUP board autographed by big wave legend Dave Kalama. Additional prizes include hotel getaways, boarding lessons and travel and recreation gear.

“Urban Surf 4 Kids will be using 100 percent of the proceeds from Paddlefest to help establish a local after-school program and resource facility in the next year to better serve the over 4,500 foster youth in San Diego,” said Stewart. “In keeping with the spirit of Urban Surf 4 Kids, we are also asking all Paddlefest racers to serve one hour of community service prior to the event.”


Cost: Vendor expo free to the public. Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For race registration or more information, visit UrbanSurf4Kids.org/paddlefest2012. Event sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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