Watermans Paddle for Humanity Heads East



Watermans Paddle for Humanity Heads East

Deerfield Beach is the Next Stop for the PFH

Orange County, CA – The Right Coast is ramping up for the 2nd annual Watermans Paddle for Humanity – Deerfield Beach, Florida, June 1-2, 2012. The Dana Point event was a huge success and saw some intense action from several of the sports most prominent athletes and the writing is on the wall, PFH Deerfield will not be one to miss. This year’s event features a 5K fun paddle, 10K elite race and the infamous CPR race.

The Watermans Paddle for Humanity is about creating channeling the positive energy of the paddling community towards a good cause. This years events focus on bringing money and awareness to a variety of non-profit organizations, allowing the participant to chose their favorite cause to support. The official charity of the series is the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The most important aspect of the Paddle for Humanity is that it has something for everyone. “You don’t have to be a world class athlete to participate,” said race director Pete Stirling. Adding, “For our events it is all about people of all ages, experience and skill level toeing the line and experiencing the fun that comes with being part of the paddling community.” Online registration is as low as $50 and 20% of the proceeds go directly to the charity of the participant’s choice.

One notable addition to this year’s event is the CPR race. A challenging course created by Elite Waterman Chuck Patterson that has been compared to the Tough Mudder of Paddling. “I’ve had people tell me it was the hardest race they’ve ever done and then turn around and say it was the most fun they’ve had in the same sentence,” said Patterson. The course pushes competitors to the limit on both land and water in a way that is fun for participants and spectators alike.

Athletes from as far away as Australia are coming to Florida to compete and celebrate the meaning behind the Paddle for Humanity. Elite racer Kelly Margetts and top international paddle coach Mick Di Betta are putting on a one-day paddle clinic for beginner to advanced paddlers on Friday, June 1st, and really looking forward to the event. “We are both extremely excited to be in Florida and share our love for the sport and the knowledge we have gained through two decades of coaching top athletes around the world,” said Di Betta. Mick, successfully coached athletes to twelve Molokai-2-Oahu victories and two Battle of the Paddle Champions.

The clinic will stress the importance of training smart both on and off the water. Space is limited, so register at http://paddleclinic.eventbrite.com/

The Friday night pre-party and Saturday night post event party will be open to the public and admission is free. For more information including dates, locations and registration visit www.paddleforhumanity.org.

The 2012 Waterman’s Paddle for Humanity will consist of five stops: April 28th in Dana Point, June 2 Deerfield Beach Florida, July 7th Lake Tahoe, August 25th Washington DC and Sept 15th Austin Texas. Our stated goal is to raise $100,000 for our non-profit partners while raising awareness to their causes and introducing communities to the sports of Paddling.

Support the companies that support the sports you love: Kona Brewing Company, Ocean Minded, Futures Fins, SUP ATX/Lahui Kai Racing, Hobie Polarized, H2O Overdrive and Watermans Applied Science (Don’t forget to LIKE our sponsors on Facebook.)

* The Paddle For Humanity is a sanctioned WPA event series. For more information visit www.worldpaddleassociation.com.

Media contact: paddleforhumanity@gmail.com


About the Paddle for Humanity:
The Watermans Applied Science Paddle for Humanity has raised more than $50,000USD for charity since its inception in 2009 and helped galvanize paddling communities across the country. The PFH is open to all paddle craft.

For more info visit www.paddleforhumanity.org.

About the Chuck Patterson:
Chuck Patterson is an inspiring person. He is 6′2″ and weighs 220 pounds. He competes at the pro level in five different sports: stand up paddling, tow-in surfing, kite surfing, skiing and snowboarding. For more info visit chuckpattersonsports.com

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1 Response to “Watermans Paddle for Humanity Heads East”

  1. orange county paddle boarding 1orange county paddle boarding

    This event was so much fun! There really is stuff for everyone to do and for all levels.

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