Paddle enthusiasts competed for a good cause Saturday in Riverhead. Photo: Diane Tucci

Paddle Battle, an annual competition for paddle board, kayak and canoe enthusiasts to raise funds for the New York Marine Rescue Center, took place on the Peconic River in Riverhead Saturday.

The event raised a little over $10,000, according to Bryan DeLuca, executive director of Atlantis Holdings, the company that owns the Long Island Aquarium and hosts the rescue center there.

“Our goal is to bring awareness to the New York Marine Rescue Center and protect the endangered sea turtles in our local New York waters,” DeLuca said Saturday. “This is a great fundraising event to bring out paddlers that love to be out on the water and protect our marine environment,“ he said.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Diane Tucci

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