Paddle Battling Cancer in Costa Rica
PADDLERS: Charlie Howden
This year, Charlie Howden set out on a SUP expedition with the goal of paddling Costa Rica’s entire Pacific coastline in effort to raise money for the William Guy Forbeck Research Fund (WGFRF). That may seem similar to other expeditions, but Howden’s story has a major twist. Howden himself has cancer – the same disease for which WGFRF does its research. When he first developed the idea for a Costa Rican quest, he was perfectly healthy with no signs of the stage-IV pancreatic cancer he was to be diagnosed with in August of 2013. When he was diagnosed, his purely philanthropic gesture became a personal calling. Charlie never questioned his commitment. He went for it, and while some sections of the coast proved too perilous for Charlie to endeavor in his state, he managed to paddle more than 200 miles of the coastline and raise nearly $15,000 in the fight against cancer.
Scioto River, Ohio
PADDLERS: Shannon Thomas
Sometimes a man’s just gotta break away from the daily grind. With a thirst for adventure and a passion for SUP, Shannon Thomas put his day job on hold and set out on a quest to disconnect from the day-to-day and go paddling. He departed on Saturday, May 23, 2015, with kayak buddy, Jon Phillips. The duo made their way from Northern Ohio, 231 miles down the Scioto River to the Ohio River. Their journey was the first through-river SUP expedition on Ohio’s second-longest river.
PADDLERS: Laurel Winterbourne, Trevor Clark
A SUPerior Adventure
PADDLERS: Jared Munch
A SUPerior Adventure – On May 20, 22-year-old Jared Munch set out from Duluth, Minnesota, on a mission to become the first person to ever circumnavigate Lake Superior by SUP. Averaging about 30 miles per day, Munch covered the 1,400-mile journey in just under two months and two weeks, landing in Lester River, Duluth, on July 29. He did it all alone, on a 14-foot SUP, packing a load of three large dry bags with food, camping gear and clothing on his bow. Camping most of the way, Munch spent most of his nights camped out on the Superior’s shores, with the exception of a few nights spent in the sanctuary of accommodations offered by friendly locals.
Round-the-World SUP Trip
PADDLERS: Bart De Zwart
Last Spring, Bart De Zwart Bart set out on a round-the-world expedition with photographer Franz Orsi, with the goal to visit and paddle in some of earth’s most remote destinations. The tour included stops in Micronesia, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Istanbul, and finally to Mexico, where Bart completed his journey and rejoined the rest of the paddling world at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships. The duo traveled with a pair of inflatables, which came in critically handy considering this journey contained 17 separate flights. In the end, they came away with some unforgettable, unprecedented experiences, which Bart documented in his blog about the journey.
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