Video: Paddleboarding is Making a Comeback

When this blog launched in April, we set out to share outdoor opportunities in and around Southern California. It was an exciting success from the get-go so we decided test the waters and expand it through online video. Please enjoy our second episode of SoCal Wanderer, featuring Jacob Soboroff!

Step onto a beach in California and you're likely to see stand up paddleboarding in action. Several years ago this may have not been a common sight, but today the sport is reaching new highs in popularity.

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Santa Monica played an important role in the development of paddleboarding and organizers of the Santa Monica Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival are helping tell that story. In June, hundreds of stand up paddleboarders hit the waves for the second annual event, which included a number of races. I took on the two-mile "fun paddle" myself and, although it was tiring, it was a blast!


What impressed me was the diversity of participants--from ages 9 and into their 70s--and how paddleboarding was once a major activity in Southern California decades ago, only to be taken over by surfing.

With the SoCal Wanderer video series, I hope to share with you activities that are doable. I do not recommend jumping on a paddleboard for the first time ever at a race, but to get you started, below are several options around Southern California. Enjoy your time on the water!

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About the Author

Jacob Soboroff is the host of SoCal Wanderer for KCET. He is also the founding correspondent of AMC News, hosting specials and reporting from film festivals and other industry events for the award-winning network. In 2010, Jacob c...
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Fun Story! Good cause. Cute reporter. Win, win!