3rd annual Iron Mike Paddle

The third annual Iron Mike Paddle event was held Aug. 15 at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach. The event was presented by the Solana Beach Lifeguard Association, local business Paddle Planet and city of Solana Beach.

Created in 2013, the Iron Mike Paddle was inspired by the Solana Beach Lifeguard Association to honor Mike McKay, a fellow guard who passed away before his time. Known for his strength, friendliness, and positive attitude, McKay died at age 23 of injuries from an avalanche at Mountain High Ski Resort in January 2008.

Proceeds from the event go toward the Mike McKay Memorial Foundation, a fund awarding several scholarships every year in outdoor, life-saving endeavors in fields affiliated with McKay.

The community event included a five-mile paddleboard race (prone and stand-up paddleboards), Grom O’ Rama kids surf contest, a board swap, live music, food, shaved ice truck, and a beer garden, sponsored by BeerWorks in Solana Beach.

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Photos by Jon Clark