SEAthletes engages the next generation to nurture the Sea by connecting them to the water through paddle sports.

NSX 2016


SeaFest 2016


Race to Save the Salton Sea: I


Race to Save the Salton Sea: II




You can now sponsor a teen to paddle on the Salton Sea in the name of a person you would like to honor or recognize. An annual sponsorship is $50. We're getting young people to paddle with a purpose.

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Our Events, Programs & Campaigns


NSX is our Race to the Save the Salton Sea. This all-paddle sports events is held at the Salton Sea Recreation Area. The next NSX Race is February 10, 2018.



SeaFest is a celebration to illuminate the Salton Sea, bringing all the sea communities together. The next SeaFest will be held October 21, 2017.


Kai Wai

Kai Wai is our outrigger club at the Salton Sea. Based at North Shore Beach & Yacht Club, we provide year-round paddle sports recreation for Coachella Valley.


One For Sea

ONE FOR SEA is our campaign that encourages businesses to pledge 1% of their time and/or sales to nurture the sea and protect it from disappearing.




There are 914 species of birds in the US. Over 425 make a pit stop at the Salton Sea during migration season. It's the world's most important stop on the Pacific Flyway.

The Salton Sea is also home to an estimated 400 million tilapia.


Farms around the Salton Sea produce over 2/3 of the US crops during the winter. It's home to the largest producer of carrots and peppers. Agriculture generates over $1 billion each year. It's second only to tourism in the Coachella Valley.


The Salton Sea's geothermal reservoir is one of the word's largest and hottest, with water heated to temperatures greater than 500° Fahrenheit just one mile below sea level. If harnessed, there's enough energy to supply 1 million homes every day.


At 360 square miles, it’s the largest body of water in California. In the 1960s, more people visited the Salton Sea than Yosemite Nation Park.

The Salton Sea is Class A REC 1 water. The sea is open for all types of water craft and water recreation sports. Whether your like kayaking, fishing, outrigger canoe, standup paddle, swimming or just sunset watching, this is the place for you.

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SEAthletes is a 501(c)(3) organization, which inspires people to nurture the Salton Sea, by creating opportunities to participate in sports and events on the sea.

The facts show the sea is disappearing. In just the past 7 years, the sea has lost 6 percent of its former surface. If the sea continues to dry up at this unprecedented rate, it will dramatically impact the health of our lives in California and beyond along with the wildlife that depend on the water.

To get more people on board with nurturing the Salton Sea today, we have to change the current narrative. For every person seen on the water through social networks, we will be able to increase Salton Sea advocates tenfold. By translating our passion into purpose, and purpose into action, we can begin to improve the community and ultimately the longevity of the sea.

KAI WAI, a division of SEAthletes, partners with the Desert Recreation District and the California Department of Parks and Recreation to provide year-around programing for kids and adults both locally and across Coachella Valley. The KAI WAI Kid advocacy program exists to give every kid the opportunity to recreate on the Salton Sea.

KAI WAI's mission is to engage the next generation. The young people at the Salton Sea today will be the future stewards who will be preserving the diversity and wonder of the sea.

KAI WAI hosts the lowest paddling event in the world. It's called the North Shore Xtreme [NSX]. The next NSX will be held February 10, 2018 at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. Over 200 athletes will be competing in outrigger and stand up paddle races.

Your support can make a big difference in how broad our reach can be to shine a new light on the Salton Sea.



SEAthletes is organized under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code (IRC). SEAthletes mission is to change the narrative of the Salton Sea by hosting amateur sporting events at the sea. If the sea continues to disappear at its current unprecedented rate, the impact would transform the health of lives in California and beyond, along with the wildlife that depend on this body of water during migration season.

Our EIN# is 47-3265574

We are a public charity. Your donation is tax deductible. Your deductibility limitation is 50%.

You can view SEAthletes current IRS status as a tax-exempt organization and your eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions by clicking the link below.

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SEAthletes is 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, which inspires the public and raises awareness of the disappearance of Salton Sea and the progress being made to save it. KAI WAI, a division of SEAthletes, partners with the Desert Recreation District and California Parks and Recreation, to create opportunities for people to recreate on the Salton Sea.

Each year, SEAthletes must complete a Form 990. This is an annual reporting return that federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. It provides information on the filing organization’s mission, programs, and finances.