The Butterfly Effect
Welcoming women into the world of paddling by hosting non-competitive events around the globe, the Butterfly Effect promotes healthy living, empowerment through sport and giving back to charity. Professional windsurfer and Founder Tatiana Howard has been spreading the ‘Aloha’ lifestyle outside of her native Maui for the past nine years to an estimated 4,000 Butterfly participants at 55 events in 17 different countries! Each event follows a similar format with a Hawaiian blessings, Hula, fitness/dance and paddling instruction leading up to a downwind or excursion paddle of three-to-five miles. A portion of each events’ proceeds are donated to recognized and deserving charities, including Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation, Susan G Komen Foundation, Girls on the Run Organization, SURFRIDER Foundation and more. The mission of The BE Aloha World Tour is to activate awareness of our individual impact on the world.
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NEXT National SUP Day
Next’s 4th Annual National SUP Day again brought the paddling community together to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. The Newport Back Bay was filled with teens and adults living with CF. With the average lifespan of those with the disease right around 37, researchers are working diligently to find a cure. In the meantime, NEXT National SUP day brings awareness to the cause and gets those with CF on the water as saltwater and exercise greatly increases their quality of life. NEXT works with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to understand this debilitating bronchial diseases that affects more than 30,000 people in the US alone.
With paddlers racing Maui’s iconic Maliko Run, Paddle Imua benefits Camp Imua, a Maui tradition started in 1976 that brings children with special needs together for a week of recreational activities and a chance to connect with others. Activities include arts and crafts, games, helicopters rides and general fun. In 2015, 200 male and female standup paddlers took to the water to raise fund for the benefit of Maui’s children with special needs and Camp Imua.
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Paddle Second Chance
Paddle Second Chance is a Millville, Delaware-based event benefitting Operation Second Chance, a non-profit committed to serving wounded veterans recovering in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and working to transition back into civilian life. Every June, Paddle Second Chance features five-mile and 2.5-mile fun paddles and works to get new paddlers into the sport. In 2014 Second Chance provided financial assistance in many ways including mortgage payments for 35 families around the country and airline arrangement for 111 individuals.
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SEA Paddle NYC
Surfers’ Environmental Alliance is committed to the preservation and protection of the environmental and cultural elements inherent to the sport of surfing. Our goals are achieved through grassroots efforts, community involvement, education, and humanitarian efforts. We engage in projects that strive to conserve the quality of our marine environment, preserve or enhance surf breaks, protect beach access rights, and safeguard the coastal surf zone from unnecessary development.
Standup For The Cure
Dan Van Dyck and Standup for the Cure have had a prolific year. The 2012 SUP Award winner, SUFTC celebrated its fourth birthday in 2015 and has raised more than $520,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation including their most recent donation of $125,000.00 to the Orange County Affiliate from the Newport Beach, CA SUFTC. Standup For the Cure is headed to another event, November 7 in Miami.
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Tyler’s Dam That Cancer
Dam That Cancer raised over $375,000 this year for the Flatwater Foundation, an Austin-Texas based non-profit that provides mental health services for cancer survivors and their families (the name “Flatwater” represents serenity). One hundred paddlers raise money in sponsorships as they paddle a 21-mile dam-to-dam. “We focus on the mental side of things,” says Founder/Executive Director Mark Garza whose father died of prostate cancer in November. “You see a family really struggling with grief and depression that cancer causes family members. We pay the bill to get them the proper help.”
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