Ultra marathon standup paddler and Southern California lifestyle athlete Will Schmidt has scheduled a solo open ocean standup paddle challenge that will launch from Oxnard, Calif., go through all eight Channel Islands, and finish in Dana Point Harbor. This attempt will be the first of its kind.
Escorted by the Campbell Sloop, a Dana Point Harbor sailboat, Schmidt will negotiate roughly 320 nautical miles of open water on the journey, starting September 13th, 2013. Proceeds from “Stand up Paddle Against Depression: The Journey Continues” will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project to aid in anxiety, depression, and PTSD research, as well as Casa Hogar Orphanage in Mexico. Fundraising has begun at GoFundMe as well as Will’s website, AreYouInspiredYet.com.