Who is Wildcoast and why does Isle Support the Cause?
Isle was born and raised on the south coast and spent countless days watching the beaches close due to pollution specifically from northern Baja and run off from local drain water into the ocean. Wildcoast is a decade strong nonprofit organization that has made it a goal to protect and care for the south coast amongst others against unnecessary pollution, development or anything that could hurt the existing ecosystems constantly threatened on all fronts. To learn more about Wildcoast or donate click here: http://www.wildcoast.net/who-we-are
Dempsey Holder Wildcoast Pro-am Surf Contest and 1st Annual Paddle Race
Always excited to support events in our home community and make some history with the first annual paddle race from the Imperial Beach Pier to the Tijuana river Isle was excited to sponsor and participate in this great event especially to support Wildcoast and all they do to help protect and keep our south coast pristine.
The event was held in amazing sunny clear conditions offering great surf and warm water. The paddle race started at 8am leaving from the shore into the surf just north of the Imperial Beach pier with the paddlers hitting the open ocean all the way to the Tijuana river mouth and back. The distance was around 6 miles and with a light offshore flow had the competitor paddling into a crosswind most of the way. The Isle crew managed to claim a second and third place in the men’s 12’6 stock division. The stock winner was to be IB local “Kiwi” finishing in just under 2 hours’ time.
We sponsored the event so put up our 10 x 10 pop up and flags and had lots of cool tees and hats to giveaway to stoke out the crowd who showed up for the event.
The PRO AM surf event held a $2500 purse and drew amazing surfers from all over SoCal and Mexico. The surf contest ended the day in not so great surf but all smiles as Wildcoast handed out some big checks to the top finishers with 1st place walking away with $1000 space bucks. Can’t wait till next year – Thanks again Wildcoast for a great event!
About the Author - Marc Miller is the founding partner of Isle Surf & SUP an online retailer of paddle boards & surfboards. He has been involved in board manufacturing, product development and website management for Isle since its inception in 2004. He also writes the Isle Surf & SUP Blog. An avid surfer and paddler for the past 2 decades when hes not in the office he can be found on foreign shores searching for waves and fun.