The SUP Awards is just around the corner and while we can’t wait to celebrate at the 2018 Pacific Paddle Games After-Party, just exactly who will claim the sport’s most prestigious awards is still anyone’s guess. Voting tallies have been razor-thin thus far, but there’s still plenty of time to support your favorite athlete and cast your vote now. And while voting remains open for the Top 3 Male Paddlers, Top 3 Female Paddlers and Top Expedition, we are excited to announce that we have opened voting to a fourth category: Movie of the Year.
We have two excellent films in the running this year and both represent the spirit and passion that runs thick through the SUP community at large. Check out their trailers below and then make sure to VOTE NOW.
This documentary film from Piper’s Angels Foundation goes behind-the-scenes of the 2018 Crossing for a Cure – an 80-mile open ocean SUP crossing from the Bahamas to Florida that raised over $280,000 for families and individuals battling cystic fibrosis. The founder of the event, Travis Suit, began doing the crossing in 2013 after his daughter, Piper, was diagnosed with the progressive genetic disease. The film includes emotional interviews, footage of the crossing and an inspirational message about overcoming great challenges.
Through My Eyes
In 2014, Marine veteran Will Schmidt took on a challenge that had never been completed on a SUP: to paddle solo from Canada to Mexico. “Through My Eyes” documents his journey down the Pacific Coast, through cold water, rough seas, a rougher coastline and even a Coast Guard rescue. The trip covered 1,386 miles and took 58 days and benefitted Wounded Warriors as well as raised awareness for veterans suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression.