Will Schmidt Sets New SUP Records in California’s Channel Islands

Southern California Lifestyle SUP Athlete, Will Schmidt, completes a record-setting seven-day, 220-mile solo open ocean SUP expedition. Escorted by a 34′ Catalina sailboat, “Campbell’s Sloop,” Schmidt’s journey launched from mainland California in Oxnard and navigated to touch all five inner California Channel Islands. Schmidt traveled from Channel Islands Harbor to Anacapa Island, Santa Cruz Island, then Santa Barbara Island, followed by Catalina Harbor on Catalina Island, San Clemente Island, then back to Avalon on Catalina Island, before paddling into Dana Point Harbor’s Baby Beach.

On this island-hopping adventure, all five inner Channel Islands were physically touched upon (one twice for a total of six island landings), seven channels were crossed, with 220 statute miles traversed solo and consecutively, on 14′ Infinity SUPs with SUP Gladiator Pro Model fins.

Altogether, five SUP records were set on this trip. Schmidt became the first person to standup paddle all inner Channel Islands from shore to shore, is the first person to paddle the length of the Catalina Channel twice, and has now the highest paddling mileage in the Channel Islands, a record previously held by Karen Wrenn at 150 miles. An unexpected result of this paddle (verified by 3 separate GPS tracking devices) was a Catalina Channel crossing time of 7:47:33, which beats the 14′ solo record— as well as the all time solo SUP record set by Jared Vargas on an OHANA unlimited SUP in 2009 with 7:52:34. The discrepancy between the three tracking devices was a mere +/- 30 seconds.

Proceeds from his fundraiser will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project to aid in anxiety, depression, and PTSD research, as well as Casa Hogar Orphanage in Mexico.

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For more information, visit Will’s website: AreYouInspiredYet.com