Here's a note I received detailing the event:
I’m writing in response to the webpage about the Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle.
The race will take place in October at Doheny just south of the rivermouth. There will be a pro money race with a total purse of 25k and 1st place will take home 10k.
The course will be laps around 4 buoys so all spectators can watch the action. For 10 miles worth of laps, each competitor will have to complete a running dash to a flag on the beach for every lap (distance of run not determined but will be relatively short). Boards cannot exceed 12’6”.
There will also be amateur class trophy races. Everybody is welcomed to participate in this event.
All entry fees will go to help the Surfing Heritage.
Rainbow Sandals is funding the entire event.
There will be more info to come for the event is still being planned.
If this is true, it's huge- the purse alone equals that of a major surf event and the format will be killer for beach spectators. Rainbow will be really stepping up to the stand up paddle plate if they do indeed sponsor this event- let's all hope it comes together. I'll definitely make the drive to see some manimals paddle their brains out. And no, beach runs and my specialized physique do not mix- I will be there purely as a spectator. What about you?