Aquathon Swim & Paddle rankings

Thanks to all of YOU who made the AQUATHON such a success and for joining Channelkeeper to celebrate our community and our ocean!

Stay tuned for photos and videos from the event!





We hope to see you all next year!

Low Tide Rising: Photos that Inspire to Protect our Planet

Channelkeeper is stoked to have local Santa Barbara photographer and filmmaker, Branden Aroyen taking some great shots at this year's Aquathon!

Branden has traveled the world, taking amazing surf and ocean-inspired photos and videos. His work conveys the beauty of our planet and inspires others to take care of it, promoting a sustainable way of life and using eco-friendly organic materials in his photography.

A few of his most recent film projects include a Costa Rica interview with Kelly Slater, a California winter reflection and a Documentary of a small rural village in Alaska.

Channelkeeper is so excited to have Low Tide Rising at the Aquathon, capturing all of the on-the-water fun we'll be having on Saturday, September 17th! See you there!

Gay Browne & Greenopia for the Santa Barbara Aquathon!

Channelkeeper is so excited to welcome our newest sponsor, Greenopia, onto the Santa Barbara AQUATHON team!

Greenopia is the ultimate green search engine that finds sustainable solutions for every day living by offering a comprehensive guide to over 110,000 eco-friendly businesses. Its founder, Gay Browne, is not only an environmental advocate and humanitarian, but also a Santa Barbara local who has committed her life to helping others live a more conscious, healthy lifestyle. She has received numerous awards for her work in the environment.

In 2009, she was presented with the Faith 2 Green (formally know as Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life) prestigious Environmental Business of the Year award. That same year, Gay also was chosen to speak at the Green Inaugural Ball, welcoming President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to the White House. In 2008, Gay was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by receiving the annual Climate Protection Award in recognition of her outstanding work fighting climate change.

Gay's work and Greenopia's mission have helped guide consumers to make informed decisions that positively impact both their personal health and the environment. Channelkeeper couldn't be more thrilled to have Gay on-board at this year's Aquathon to not only celebrate a healthy ocean but also the healthy, outdoor lifestyle that is such a big part of our community!

Paddle Race Tips from Paddle Sports Center!

The countdown to the Aquathon has begun, so we asked the gang over at Paddle Sports Center to give some tips on preparing for a SUP race!

Here are the 4 most important things to keep in mind for training prep:

1: Volume + Intensity:  If you are doing a training regimen to get ready, make sure you are balancing duration, distance and effort in your paddle sessions.  You will not see improvement unless you are pushing yourself, but don’t push so hard that you are overdoing it.

2:  Work to Rest Ratio:  Make sure you factor in some down time in between paddle training sessions.  Give extra rest time before a race, for example, don’t do a 10 mile intense paddle the day before a 1 mile race.

3:  Gradual Increase:  Try ramping up your paddle sessions every few days, or week by week leading up to your race.  Don’t just jump right to a 10 mile intense paddle session when you are not conditioned or have not been paddling frequently.  Also, try intervals on your paddles where you paddle for a few minutes of high intensity, followed by a minute of leisure paddling, then back to intensity, etc.

4. HAVE FUN! The thrill of competition can be exhilarating, but when it comes down to do it, everyone competing is there because they love paddling so remember to celebrate that bond and enjoy your time on the water!

We can't wait to see you Saturday, September 17th at Leadbetter Beach!

GoPro for the Santa Barbara AQUATHON!

Channelkeeper couldn't be more thrilled to have the support of GoPro both at this year's Santa Barbara AQUATHON and out on the water capturing the biodiversity and beauty of the Santa Barbara Channel.

One of Channelkeeper's long term goals is to secure the continued designation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) throughout the Channel. MPAs restrict or prohibit fishing within their boundaries, thereby preserving California's marine natural heritage as a legacy for future generations. Though many people recognize their importance, many fishing groups continue to lobby for their abolishment. MPAs are a critical tool we have in place to help cope with the many threats that currently plague the worlds oceans. It is crucial to actively defend and work to protect their existence. The hardest part about getting people to protect what’s underwater is that, unlike natural resources that are visible and accessible on land, few people have the opportunity to dive in and see what's beneath the surface.

With the help of GoPro cameras, Channelkeeper surveys these underwater parks to create multi-media resources that inspire the community to protect our local MPAs. Through providing interactive opportunities like our Naples Reef Dive Map Channelkeeper hopes to bring the wonders of these underwater worlds to life, reaching a wider audience of people who wouldn't normally be able to see the beauty of our channel, from the comfort of their own homes. GoPro aids these marine conservation efforts by helping us capture glimpses of these important underwater areas to share them with our community.

Photo credit: Joe O'Brien

Photo credit: Joe O'Brien

Avasol for AQUATHON!

As ocean-lovers who spend plenty of time in the sun, we all know how important it is to be protected from its rays. Finding a sunscreen that is good for both people and the planet can be a little bit tricky, but luckily Avasol has got it covered.

As an ocean-loving company dedicated to sustainability, Avasol is environmentally-minded to its core! From biodegradable and refillable packaging to fair trade ingredients, Avasol sunscreen goes above and beyond sustainable standards.

Channelkeeper is incredibly proud to be Avasol's 1% For the Planet recipient and we are STOKED to have Avasol on board at the Santa Barbara AQUATHON!

Guest Post: Paddle Sports Center to lead SUPathon!

The Paddle Sports Center is proud to sponsor the SUPathon for the 1st annual Santa Barbara Channelkeeper Aquathon!  We are stoked to be a part of Santa Barbara's ocean loving and environmentally minded community.  As paddlers, we are all stewards of the ocean, responsible for making decisions and fostering education to protect our seas for future generations. 

Out of this commitment, Garrett Kababik and Fraser Kersey formed Channel Islands Outfitters, Paddle Sports Center, and our membership program.  Their vision was an evolving recreational equipment industry that moved away from individual ownership of paddling equipment towards the community collectively sharing gear.  Our membership program has grown into a unique family of ocean lovers, fitness enthusiasts and all around good people who love getting out on the water.  Special group paddle events have always been a big part of the vision, bringing family, friends, community and ocean lovers together to celebrate the spirit of ocean fitness. 

We are extremely excited to organize the SUPathon event for the Santa Barbara AQUATHON and look to see a strong turnout from our member base, staff and friends.

Surf Happens: Spreading the Stoke!

As Santa Barbara’s premier surf school, spreading the stoke is not just Surf Happens' profession, it's their passion!

By empowering young surfers and bringing our community together, Surf Happens does so much to inspire a love of the water for future generations of ocean stewards.

Founder, surf coach, and contest director Chris Keet and his team don't just teach their students how to ride waves. They work to educate them on both ocean safety and ocean appreciation, fostering a sense of responsibility and respect for their environment.

Leaving a legacy of a healthy, clean ocean for future generations to enjoy is why we do the work that we do at Channelkeeper.

We are proud to partner with Surf Happens at this year's Santa Barbara AQUATHON to celebrate and bring together our ocean-loving community for clean water.