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The Santa Monica Pier Will Host an Ocean Sports Festival Next Month

In the past couple of weeks, the Santa Monica Pier has been in the news for all the right reasons: the physical beginnings of the Green Pier Initiative and the new schedule for the Twilight Concert Series. Earlier this week, the good news continued with the broadcasting of a new video announcing Pier 360, a joint party and ocean athletic competition.

Pier 360 is a two-day event that will feature a combination of traditional beach activities and traditional pier activities: 13 ocean sports competitions, sand sculptures, a beer garden and live music. There will also be a a pop-up skate ramp for both events and an open skate.

The Santa Monica Pier corporation is looking at Pier 360 to become an annual event, the opening act for a summer season that ends as the Twilight Concert Series starts to blend into the fall.

Pier 360 will kick off with a blessing of the sand and Polynesian dancing at 7 a.m. on Saturday before the Pier Paddle, a paddle board race that draws literally thousands of spectators every year. Throughout the weekend, paddle boarders will be joined by swimmers, skaters, volleyball teams and other athletes in a series of competitions. If you’re ready to compete, click here to see a full list of events and sign-up.

For more information on Pier 360, the Twilight Concert Series or anything else Pier-related, visit the Santa Monica Pier’s Official Website.

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