I can’t remember the last time I went paddle boating. I can’t remember if I’ve ever been paddle boating. I think the first time I saw a paddle boat was when I saw an illustration of one in “The Trumpet of the Swan,” just like how I read about tractors in books years before I actually saw one on a farm (which, incidentally, was also the first time I saw a farm). As if to rectify this glaring gap of childhood experience, 826LA invites me, you, and everyone else to put the paddle to the metal in its 2nd Annual Echo Park Lake Paddle Boat Regatta on Sunday afternoon in Echo Park. Check out the daunting slalom course and sign up (up to 4 paddlers per boat). The more money a team raises prior the race, the closer they are to the finish line. Think of this as paying to win – if it works for politicians, surely it must work for paddlers as well.