The South Florida Surfcraft Challenge offers Ocean Racing with distances of six or twelve miles on a course viewable from the Hollywood Broadwalk. Paddlers may compete on Outrigger Canoe, Prone Paddleboard, Stand Up Paddleboard, Surfboat and Surfski. All race proceeds go to the Hollywood Beach Competition Team equipment fund, a 501(c)(3) supporting lifeguard sports. Registration through Paddle Guru.
Geoff Pearson, one of the organizers explains:
The race is run by the Hollywood Florida Ocean Rescue competition team. Proceeds of the event will be used to purchase surfskis for junior and adult paddlers to learn on and compete with. The team is a 501 (c)(3) so this is fundraising for a great cause run by volunteers with little waste. City support is gone and once our donated funds are used up for training, we are still left with ancient surfskis. Our summer Junior program has about 300 kids. Of those, some are invited to join our Junior high performance team that trains all year long. Our adults are professional lifeguards, firemen and police. We try to give the surfski experience to the public when ever possible. to One of our goals is to bring back GREAT surfski racing to South Florida that has been absent since the Finlandia series. There are so many great older ski drivers in South Florida who need a reason to get together and race. What is missing is a young generation to keep our sport progressing. The sport is strong in other parts of the world and was strong here in the 80's and 90's; it can be again.