The Butterfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect is a series of international non-competitive events that spread the “aloha” lifestyle and strives to empower and inspire women through paddling by de-mystifying the sport and getting as many females on the water as possible. Aside from getting thousands of new paddlers on the water each year, The Butterfly Effect also raises awareness for important charitable groups like the SURFRIDER Foundation, DREAM Project, Malama Maui Nui, Women Helping Women, Planned Parenthood, Soroptimist Foundation South Lake Tahoe, HOWE Sound Women’s Centre of the Hawaii Foodbank and Maui’s Paia Youth Cultural Center. 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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