UCSB Memorial Paddle-Out
                 AP Photo/The News-Press,Peter Vandenbelt
 
Thousands of surfers joined hands in an enormous memorial paddle-out Wednesday evening off the waters of the UCSB campus in Isla Vista, California.  The event was put together by the UCSB surf team, and they were stunned by the amazing turnout.  Over 3,000 people RSVP'd on the event's Facebook page.  The memorial paddle-out was organized to honor the 6 people killed and 13 people injured in the deadly shooting that took place last Friday.  
“It is just a testament to the strength and resilience of the community,” UCSB surf club member Bradley Martin told the Daily Nexus. “It is great to see everyone coming together to create a calm environment where we can all celebrate one another and honor those we lost this past week.”
As a Goleta native who grew up across the street from the UCSB campus and regularly bodysurfed the Isla Vista breaks of Sands, Devereaux and Campus Point, it's inspiring to see how a community can come together, support one another and thrive in a time of extreme grief.  There's no better way to honor those lost than with a beautiful sunset paddle-out.
UCSB Memorial Paddle-Out
                                AP Photo/The News-Press,Peter Vandenbelt
May 30, 2014

UCSB Surfers Honor Victims in Epic Memorial Paddle-Out

UCSB Memorial Paddle-Out
                 AP Photo/The News-Press,Peter Vandenbelt
 
Thousands of surfers joined hands in an enormous memorial paddle-out Wednesday evening off the waters of the UCSB campus in Isla Vista, California.  The event was put together by the UCSB surf team, and they were stunned by the amazing turnout.  Over 3,000 people RSVP'd on the event's Facebook page.  The memorial paddle-out was organized to honor the 6 people killed and 13 people injured in the deadly shooting that took place last Friday.  
“It is just a testament to the strength and resilience of the community,” UCSB surf club member Bradley Martin told the Daily Nexus. “It is great to see everyone coming together to create a calm environment where we can all celebrate one another and honor those we lost this past week.”
As a Goleta native who grew up across the street from the UCSB campus and regularly bodysurfed the Isla Vista breaks of Sands, Devereaux and Campus Point, it's inspiring to see how a community can come together, support one another and thrive in a time of extreme grief.  There's no better way to honor those lost than with a beautiful sunset paddle-out.
UCSB Memorial Paddle-Out
                                AP Photo/The News-Press,Peter Vandenbelt
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