Shane Perrin, the man who made a name for himself using a standup board in endurance paddling races, was robbed last night while he slept at the Rose Marina in Marco Island, Florida. Perrin was just two days into the eight-day, 300-mile WaterTribe Everglades Challenge when he woke up to find his electronics, drybags and hardcases all gone from his board.
“I have no choice but to withdraw from the race,” Perrin said in a Facebook post. “I am truly saddened an my heart has been crushed. I am sorry that everyone’s hard work and pouring into me has ended this way.”
The post rallied the digital troops, however, and Perrin has gained enough in donations (reportedly over $1,500) to resupply himself and get back on the water. He’s currently cranking toward checkpoint two of the race.
Perrin is paddling to raise awareness of the benefits of tissue and organ donation. He received a kidney from his mother over ten years ago and hasn’t taken it for granted. He’s completed the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge, a 4-day, 179-mile stage race; the Texas Water Safari, a 264-mile race, billed as 'the world's toughest canoe race;' and the Missouri's MR 340, the world's longest non-stop river race. The man is the paddling definition of perseverance. Oh yeah, and he’s also paddling 100 miles past the finish line of the Everglades Challenge to Key West. Because he can.
You can donate to Perrin’s mission here.