Encinitas, CA — On Saturday, April 30, 182 athletes gathered at Doheny State Beach to compete in the 3rd Annual Paddle for Humanity to benefit SurfAid International. The paddleboarding and standup paddle fundraiser attracted some of the region's best paddlers, who competed in the 6-mile elite race, and dozens more who participated in the 2-mile fun paddle.
The Executive Director of SurfAid International USA, Randal Schober, said the event would not have been possible without the commitment from the sponsors, most notably Watermans Applied Science. "Watermans has come out year after year to help organize and rally the paddling community in support of our cause," Schober said.
The event was sanctioned by the World Paddleboard Association and was part of the WPA's championship points races. San Clemente's Thomas Maximus was the overall male winner with a time of 54 minutes, 8 seconds and Brandi Baksic (pictured above), also from San Clemente, was the overall top female in 1:06:48. Each competitor had a chance at winning raffle prizes that included gear from Rogue, Quickblade Paddles, Toes on the Nose, Sticky Bumps, Board Fisher and Hobie.
Special prizes were also awarded to the top three event fundraisers. First place for "Most Funds Raised" went to Mark Carlisle of Team Hobie who raised $2,825 for SurfAid. Mark Pighini of Team Suplove and Jared Varges were also recognized for their individual efforts in raising money and awareness for SurfAid.
The event's success reaffirms the event's popularity which has grown from one event in 2010 to a national series this year. SurfAid and Watermans Applied Science are taking the Paddle for Humanity to Deerfield Beach, Fla., on June 4 and to Washington, D.C., on August 20.
To view complete results, or to learn more about SurfAid, visit Paddle4humanity.org.