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Overwhelming Sponsor Support Results in Reduced Registration Fee for

Gig Harbor, Wash. –March 7,2012, Gig Harbor, Wash The first annual Gig Harbor’s Paddlers Cup committee is thrilled to announce, due to overwhelming local sponsor and community support of the event, registration fees will be lowered by 50%.

Sponsorship support has poured in the last few weeks, securing funding for the event. Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Coach Alan Anderson said he wanted to help the paddlers by reducing the registration fee, rather than keeping a profit the first year. So the committee voted to reduce the registration fee by 50% from $65 to $32.50. Anyone already registered will receive a refund.

Presenting sponsor of the event is Java & Clay. Additional sponsors are Gig Harbor Fly Fishing Shop, Gig Harbor Ship to Shore, The British Connection, Helix Design Group, Dolan’s Board Sports, the Inn at Gig Harbor, the Best Western Wesley Inn, the Maritime Inn, the City of Gig Harbor, Surfrider Foundation, Tacoma South Sound Sports and the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Race Team.

Registration for the event can be done on-line at www.gigharborpaddlerscup.com

Throughout the two day event, races will take place in the harbor for kayaks, canoes, sprint kayaks and stand up paddler boards. Competitors are expected from throughout the region including Canada. The expo will feature paddle sport vendors as well as other vendors in the park at Skansie Brothers Park and Jerisich Dock located in historic downtown Gig Harbor.

For additional information about the Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup please contact event organizer Missy Hill at (253) 230-3631 or Coach Alan Anderson (253) 208-6365.

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The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers n Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters in the nation, with 5 in Washington State. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, go to www.surfrider.org.