August 29, 2003

DEL MAR TIMES

Foundation sponsors 1st annual Powerhouse Paddle Race

By Lynn Gaylord

On September 14, 2003 the Del Mar Foundation, in conjunction with local community leaders, paddling enthusiasts and the Del Mar Lifeguards will sponsor the first ever paddleboard race in Del Mar. Originally used by lifeguards as a training exercise for lifesaving, competitive paddleboard races are now catching on as a sport in coastal communities and they have appeal for all ages.

"Our Del Mar Lifeguards have been competing against other city lifeguard staffs for nearly twenty years," said Scott Tinley, lifeguard and paddling competitor. "We have some Del Mar locals who are good at this too. Darrell Swenson, 55, a retired systems analyst, Mike Lind, a former lifeguard and current commercial pilot and Rande Turner, a real estate developer and one of the event organizers, are all very good. Anyone who has some familiarity with endurance sports, water sports in particular, will do just fine. It does help to have a surfing background, as many paddlers do, but that isn't a requirement."

All participants in the race will receive breakfast, lunch, hooded sweatshirts and awards. In addition, there will be a raffle with some very cool items: two surfboards, two full wetsuits, and much more! Here is what the morning looks like:

6:30 - 8 a.m. Registration, check-in and Continental Breakfast served by Jake's on the beach.

8:00 a.m. Adult 6-mile race begins (18 and older)

9:00 a.m. Youth/Teen Paddling Clinic by Del Mar Lifeguards and top local paddlers

9:30 a.m. Youth/Teen 1-mile race begins (ages 11 Ð 18)

10:00 a.m. Awards ceremony and Lunch for participants served by Papa John's Pizza

Don't have a board? Not to worry. Foam paddleboards will be provided by Surf Sessions for those in the youth race who need them. You do need to sign up though, so go to either www.DelMarFoundation.org or www.Powerhousepaddle.com to download your application. You can also stop by the Lifeguard Tower at 17th Street in Del Mar for an application or to ask questions. They will be more than happy to turn you onto the sport.

All proceeds for this event will go to support the Del Mar Junior Lifeguard and the Del Mar Lifeguard Association. The costs are $40 per adult and $20 for youth/teen. This includes everything: breakfast, hooded sweatshirts, awards for everyone, and pizza. It's a deal! The sponsors have to limit it to the first 150 adults to sign up and the first 50 youth/teens. So don't delay your entry. The organizers expect the event to fill quickly.

Besides the Del Mar Foundation, race sponsors include: Surf Sessions, Redsand, No Fear, Rusty Del Mar, Sanuk, Jake's and Papa John's Pizza. The race organizers include Rande Turner, Scott Tinley, George Plsek, Chad Feiler, Darrell Swensen, and Pat Vergne.

Lynn Gaylord is President of the Del Mar Foundation and may try it next year after learning to surf but this year will have a cup of coffee in hand to cheer others on!