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O’NEILL TEAM RIDER, ROB ROJAS, SET TO DEFEND TITLE AT THE 6th ANNUAL SEA PADDLE NYC

O’NEILL TEAM RIDER, ROB ROJAS, SET  TO DEFEND TITLE AT THE 6th ANNUAL SEA PADDLENYC 

Stand Up Paddle Race to Raise Funds for Autism Awareness and Environmental Activism

Irvine, Calif. (August 8, 2012) – O’Neill, the world’s leading surf, snow and youth lifestyle brand for 60 years, is proud to announce the return of SUP team rider and defending champion, Rob Rojas, to the 6th Annual SEA Paddle NYC presented by O’Neill on August 17th.

“It’s great to be back in New York representing O’Neill and competing against top athletes from around the world,” said Rojas. “I’ve been training year-round and am ready to better my winning time from last year’s event.”

O’Neill SEA Paddle NYC 2011 Rob Rojas

Rojas will be competing against elite athletes in a 26.5-mile competitive course around the island of Manhattan. Last year, Rojas took the champion title by completing the race in record time of three hours and 56 minutes. Rob’s 2011 win marked his 20thprofessional victory of his four-year career.

“Rob Rojas is a stellar athlete who has incredible paddle speed. We have great confidence he will be a top contender at this year’s SEA Paddle race,” said Garth Tarlow, Sports Marketing Director for O’Neill.

The 6th Annual SEA Paddle NYC presented by O’Neill will set the stage for more than 200 elite and amateur paddlers alike, including legendary surfers Doc and Izzy Paskowitz. This year’s event will feature three unique courses including: the traditionalSea Paddle, a 26.5 mile non-competitive adventure paddle around the island of Manhattan; the Elite Paddle, a 26.5 mile competitive race around the island of Manhattan; and The Short Paddle, a non-competitive four mile paddle along the west side of Manhattan.

O’Neill SEA Paddle NYC 2011

The race will be open to all who wish to participate and will include a participation fee. One hundred percent of all proceeds by paddlers will be donated to SEA Paddle NYC’s mission to raise awareness for autism and environmental activism.

Rojas and other racers will be wearing O’Neill’s 4-way stretch, antimicrobial and antibacterial Hyperfreak XT2 boardshorts along with 30+ UV 24/7 Tech Lycra.

For more information about SEA Paddle NYC, Rob Rojas, and O’Neill, please visit www.seapaddlenyc.org, www.oneill.com or the O’Neill Facebook page.

 
Photo credits: O’Neill

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