Want to meet other paddlers and help protect the ocean by stopping pollution at its source?  Come join us for a Project Green Team harbor clean up paddle scheduled every two weeks, Spring through Fall.

Bring your board, paddle and PFD and we’ll provide everything else – including coffee, breakfast snacks, board-mounted trash buckets and trash pickers.

We photo and catalogue the debris collected and happily share our debris data to local non-profit organizations to promote marine ecology, encourage sustainable practices and help our non-profit partners secure additional grant funding to continue direct ecology action programs.

Upcoming Clean ups:

April 9 @ 7:30  am

Let us know you are coming!!

Bring your own board and paddle!

Trash bucket and trash picker provided!

SUP board with trash collected on it and SUP paddler picking up trash in Harbor

Check out our previous cleanups

7.29.18 – Paddle Splash!

We were so thrilled to take part in the 4th Annual Paddle Splash event, hosted by NorCal SUP at the beautiful Lake Natoma. The festival is a family-friendly event with clinics, fun and competitive races, and an overall great time with proceeds benefiting the NorCal SUP Groms club, a 501c(3) charity.

Portside Paddle was invited to give a talk on plastic pollution and protecting our watersheds to the paddlers and lead a “Pick and Paddle” event along the beach. These kids were awesome! In 20 minutes we collected beverage containers, plastic toys, and so many cigarette butts!

Check out some video from the event here:

Plastic Pollution Talk w/ Dr. Helen

Winning Teams of the “Pick and Paddle”


We had a great group of volunteers today! Thank you Max, Andi, Henry and Alex for coming out to help clean up the harbor! We found dock lines, fishing lines, assorted plastics. Bonus points for Max who found a traffic cone and American flag. Burleigh wins for getting the dirtiest (the prize is a shower!).


We finally had a little sun for a cleanup this week and some friends to help us out – Thanks Max and Henry (the Otter)!

We collected wire, plastic bottles, glass jars, and a toy water gun.


A special birthday clean up today and we found an unopened bottle of champagne (!!), 4 pairs of sunglasses, tons of fishing line, styrofoam, and assorted plastics.



Today we collected 80lbs of collective debris including glass, various plastic, styrofoam, chunks of spray foam insulation, discarded Bimini and canvas boat covers, 300’ of fishing line, golf balls, and discarded dock line.

Ready, set, protect the ocean by stopping debris at the source!


Another great paddle clean up!

Approx. 40lbs of mixed debris
plastic, canvas, dock line, glass, styrofoam, cigarette butts and more!


Project Green Team post-Memorial Weekend Santa Cruz Harbor clean up paddle:

60lbs total including plastic of all kinds, rubber, PVC pipe, 200 feet of fishing line, 80′ of discarded dock line, aluminum, broken glass, 6 golf balls & cigarette butts.