Standup for the Cure was held Saturday, May 5, in Newport Beach, Calif. with an astounding 700 participants throughout the day, spreading awareness for breast cancer and fundraising for Susan G. Komen Orange County. The event, conceived by two-year breast cancer survivor Judi Vivian, included a clinic led by professional standup paddler, Zane Schweitzer, as well as an expo, demos, live music and fundraising.
Standup for the Cure’s sea of pink took over Back Bay Newport off of Newport Dunes with Schweitzer’s clinic breaking the Guinness World Record for largest SUP lesson, with an official count of 414 participants on the water. “Of every event I’ve participated in, this was the largest and most successful,” says Event Director Dan Van Dyck. “I expected it to be a small community event with around 300 people, but it greatly exceeded that. We raised about $30,000 so far, but not everything has been taken into account and tallied, so I’m expecting our total will be around $50,000, if not more,” Van Dyck said. “This also had to be one of the largest one-day fundraising events, as well as one of the largest one-day demos,” he added.
The event was a mix of young and old and families, all of whom were there to raise awareness and money, and support breast cancer survivors. “Schweitzer was a great person to have at the event because he’s such a cool kid and helped bring in the youth. We had a really good broad mix of participants,” Van Dyck said.
Fundraising teams registered prior to the event and SUP Chicks of SoCal were the top fundraising team, bringing in $8,500 in donations. Sponsors for the event were instrumental in that they provided boards, food and jerseys to help cover major costs and allow for more donations to go to Susan G. Komen Orange County. “Riviera Paddlesurf, Kona Brewing, Maui Jim, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Victory Koredry really covered a lot so that the most money possible could go to Susan G. Komen,” said Van Dyck.
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