PADDLERS: Bill Whiddon + Thaddeus Foote

Miami paddlers Bill Whiddon and Thaddeus Foote made history when they became the the first to cross the Gulf Steam on standup boards, paddling from the Bahamas to Miami in 17 hours, 11 minutes and 43 seconds to raise awareness for the Surfrider Foundation's Rise Above Plastics campaign. They battled rain squalls and searing heat to complete the 60-plus-mile journey in June.