Paddle Jousters

The brave water knights Mike Schleis on the left, and Craig Lontobarti do battle during the 2014 Stand Up for the Bay.

Lou Sennick, The World

COOS BAY — Coos Bay Surfriders and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve will be hosting the fifth annual Stand Up! For The Bay community event to bring our bay and waterways into focus for our citizens. The event will take place in downtown Coos Bay, at the public dock/boardwalk starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

Those in attendance can choose between participating in the community paddle, or a shoreline clean-up. Kick-off for both starts promptly at 9 a.m. at the Coos Bay Boardwalk.

The paddling group will either stand up paddle, canoe or kayak in the bay along a route that is designed for ease of travel, with consideration of tide and wind direction. The route will be moderate in length and will take one to two hours. A boat and two lifeguards will be on watch for safety purposes. Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) are required. Non-paddlers will walk along the boardwalk in either direction collecting shoreline garbage. Gloves, buckets and bags will be provided.

At 11 a.m. after the paddle and clean-up on the boardwalk, participants will meet back at the boardwalk or in the Broadway Theater (depending on weather), for a luau, live music by the Clam Diggers, and educational activities by South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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There will be a paddle joust tournament at 1 p.m. All participants are welcome to compete. Stand Up boards will be provided but wetsuits will not.

Register in advance online or at Waxer’s Surfshop for $10. Kids under 12 participate for free. Event-day registration is $12. Registration includes the community paddle and/or shoreline clean-up, a meal ticket, a beer ticket and entry into the paddle joust. Shirts will be sold separately. Any proceeds will help fund the Blue Water Task Force, Coos Bay Surfrider's monthly water quality testing program and other local Surfrider programs.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/stand-up-for-the-bay-2015, or stop by Waxer's Surfshop to register and reserve paddle boards or kayaks.

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