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Morro Bay Witches Paddle 2023

Over 500 witches celebrate Halloween paddling in Morro Bay


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The annual Witches and Warlock Paddle is a signature Halloween event in Morro Bay on Central California Coast. Over 500 witches, wizards, and sorcerers wearing their best costumes gather in Coleman Park to paddle for a good cause. Thousands of spectators line the beach while kayaks, canoes, and SUP boards fill the Harbor. The amazing parade against the picturesque Morro Rock spreads spooky vibes and Halloween cheer all over the area.

The idea to trade a broomstick for a paddle came to local SUP and kayaking enthusiasts in 2013. The first Witches and Warlock Paddle had about a dozen participants and spectators. However, the popularity of the Witches Paddle has grown considerably. The event is usually held on a Saturday before Halloween at 4 pm. Witches and warlocks follow the route from Coleman Beach to Tidelands Park. It's a challenging route for experienced paddles only. Each year, a local charity is picked by organizers to raise money during the event.

Morro Bay, located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, is a beautiful fishing village with a bustling waterfront. It's famous for an impressive Morro Rock, called El Morro, due to its crown shape by Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.

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