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Our Mission

To honor this iconic and historic race, along with the men and women who have dared to compete in it, The South Bay Boardrider’s Club has undertaken an initiative, in collaboration with The City of Manhattan Beach, to install a bronze statue near the Manhattan Beach Pier. Chris Barela, former Hermosa Beach resident, MCHS alumni, and Surfer Walk of Fame inductee, has been commissioned to build the sculpture. Chris is the sculptor who also created the Tim Kelly statue in Hermosa Beach, and the Meistrell Brothers statue in Redondo Beach.


  • Originated in 1955 by LACOFD Lifeguard Bob Hogan.
  • Championed by MB Chamber of Commerce Executive Cliff Webster.
  • Early years brought 50,000 observers to Manhattan Beach Pier.
  • Evolved into what is now known as the 3-day International Surf Festival.


  • The most rigorous race of its kind.
  • 32 miles of open ocean.
  • Prone paddleboards only.
  • Minimum age is 18 years.
  • Must pre-qualify.
  • Escort boat required.
  • 9 hours time limit to finish.
  • Held annually on the last Sunday of August.

Giving Back

  • A great venue for fundraising
  • 100’s of thousands of dollars have been raised over the years for non
  • -profits.
  • Jimmy Miler Memorial Foundation
  • Ocean of Hope – Sarcoma Alliance
  • The ALS Association Golden West Chapter
  • Wounded Warriors

Thank You to Our Partners & Sponsors


  • To honor this unique, iconic and historic Manhattan Beach event.
  • The statue will endure for decades, and inspire future generations to participate.
  • The statue will acknowledge all the men and women who have completed this channel crossing.
  • The statue will beautify and transform an empty sandlot into a parquette/plaza area for residents and visitors to enjoy.
  • The new set of concrete stairs and wheelchair ramp will improve safety and access to the beach from The Strand.