In 2013, the City of Solana Beach and the Solana Beach Life Guard Association teamed up with ReRip to create the "Iron Mike" Paddle Board race and 'surfboard swap'. This Fletcher Cove-based event expanded in 2014 and now includes the 'Grom O' Rama' kid's surf contest, live music, taco trucks, beer garden and surf-inspired art festival. Proceeds benefit the Mike McKay Memorial Foundation scholarship fund.
Photos used with permission - Photo Creatures Photography/Locus Focus Photography
Iron Mike Race Group Photo - 2013
Iron Mike Crowd enjoying the day - Iron Mike 2013
SBLG "Mountain Mike McKay ROY Rachael Donahue - 2012
Rachael is a real-life hero... While on duty in 2012, she successfully performed a water rescue of a distressed swimmer and initiated CPR. Based on Rachael's efforts, the patient lived and was later discharged from the hospital. Talk about 'Donating Life'! Thanks Rachael!
The Iron Mike Paddle is coordinated by Meghan Dambacher (center) of ReRip.org. ReRip
is a non-profit organization created to recycle surfboards, snowboards and skateboards and thus divert this equipment from landfill. Their goal is to raise awareness for sustainability in the surf industry and their message is clear: buy used and "rerip" them! Or, if you are going to buy new, then support those in the industry who are considering the environment when they design, build and construct new sticks! Team Mike is proud to partner with ReRip! Thanks Meghan!