Stand Up For The Bay
Stand Up! For The Bay is a community event designed to bring the bay and waterways into the focus of citizens in the community. The event will take place in downtown Coos Bay, at the public dock/boardwalk on Sept. 30. Registration starts at 9 a.m.; paddle kickoff is 10 a.m. sharp.
Those in attendance can choose between participating in the community paddle, or a shoreline cleanup. Kick-off for either starts promptly at 10 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 1-2 hours. A boat and two lifeguards will be on watch for safety purposes. LIFEJACKETS ARE REQUIRED! Non-paddlers can walk along the boardwalk in either direction collecting shoreline garbage. Gloves, buckets, and bags will be provided.
All participants will congregate again at 11 a.m. after the paddle and cleanup on the boardwalk, or in the Broadway Theater (depending on weather), for a luau, live music by Che's Lounge, and educational activities by South Slough NERR, and Coos Watershed. There will be a paddle joust tournament at noon. All participants are welcome to compete. Stand-up board will be provided but wetsuits will not.
Event day registration is free. Registration includes the community paddle and/or shoreline cleanup and entry into the paddle joust. Meal and beer tickets sold separately for $10. Shirts 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.
For more on National Estuaries Week see our article.