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The Battle Of Salt Creek: BOP California Gets A New Home, Says Goodbye To Doheny


After months of rumours, whispers and behind the scenes negotiating, it’s now official: The 2014 Battle of the Paddle 
will not be at its traditional home of Doheny State Beach, but instead will move five minutes north to Salt Creek.

The Battle of the Paddle California, which for the past six years has been the biggest race of the season and the only
race that’s been able to attract virtually all of the world’s best, will also be on a new weekend this year: October 4th &
5th, one week later than its usual last-weekend-in-September time slot.

The move in date and location are due to a number of reasons, but it basically all boils down to this: State Parks and
Rainbow Sandals haven’t exactly gotten along the past six months, after State Parks dumped a bunch of unreasonable
demands on the doorstep of the BOP organisers and told them to either take it or take a hike. That led to a lot of back-
and-forth behind the scenes, but in the end the BOP crew decided they could organise a better event for paddlers, fans
and exhibitors if they had the freedom of a new location.

Technically speaking we’re still going to be in Dana Point, as the “City of Dana Point” stretches north-south to include
both Doheny and Salt Creek Beaches. And actually if you look at where Salt Creek is on the map, it’s only two miles
as the crow flies between the old and new locations.

The official line out of Rainbow Sandals HQ (aka the BOP organisers) is that they’re excited to be moving to the“Very
scenic, wonderfully clean and iconic Orange County beach that is Salt Creek… Should be an awesome location for
everyone.”

Orange County locals will know the spot well, but for those traveling to the BOP, it’s time to familiarise yourself with
the Battle of the Paddle’s new home at Salt Creek.