1. It’s a race. Battle for the Barrel will facilitate several different races throughout the day for surfers, stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers and more. The main event of the day is a back bay surf dash, that will begin and end in Absecon Inlet. Racers will have to navigate two buoy turns and a perfectly timed final turn, in order to catch a wave that will bring them in for a win. Races begin at 10 a.m., with check in at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.

2. Primal Surf Shop will keep things afloat. Non-racers can enjoy their own time in the water with the help of Primal Surf Shop. Join them for a guided paddle in the back bay and SUP clinics and demos after the races. These post-battle festivities are the perfect way to make the most of these final days of warm weather.

3. It’s for a good cause. All of the proceeds from Battle for the Barrel will go toward starting up Atlantic Ocean Awareness. This new non-profit’s main goal is to educate beach-goers, specifically children, about rip currents and general ocean safety, in order to prevent ocean-related death and injury.

4. Little Water is hosting the after party. Dry off and warm up with some cocktails at Little Water Distillery at the 3 p.m. after party. Here, the winners will be announced, with the first-place winner receiving their own Little Water spirit barrel with their name branded into the wood — the inspiration for the name “Battle for the Barrel.” The top prize also includes one of Little Water’s craft spirits. Second and third place will receive hand-carved wood trophies.

5. The raffle prizes are top-notch. The racers aren’t the only ones winning big at the Battle for the Barrel after party. An extensive raffle will take place at Little Water, including gifts like a Primal Surf paddle, a 90-minute massage, solar etch art by Gianni Nistico, Atlantic City Cruises boat tickets and more.

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