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Catalina crossing

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Yesterday was amazing! Hard but amazing! Larry the whale hung out with me for almost two hours!! I’m exhausted but will have updates soon! Getting a massage today thanks to the boys at Sports Performance Institute! So there’s a funny story about Larry the whale, turns out he is a really rare Menke whale that had only been documented like this once before in the early 90’s in Australia. The marine biologist people are freaking out!

Oh and PS i normally don’t wear crocks, they were a gift from my sister as a tribute to my friend Steve Adler whom just passed away March 11th.  But man, they sure felt good for the few hours i had them on!  🙂

Here’s a link to a video that oc reg posted. Enjoy!

Up early, doing some stretches and getting ready for an early start! Going to throw down some oatmeal and then it’s go time! Looking at a LONG day of paddling! Please donate if you haven’t done so.

Glad to have my sister and close friend Angela with me. They will try and keep everyone updated tomorrow! Thx to everyone for all the support! Ray Hseih from Crows Nest Yachts is a God send!

Have to say thanks to the Troy Hirsch over at FOX.  Every bit of exposure helps us get the message out and raise money.

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Jenny Kalmbach and Jodie Nelson – The Stand Up Paddle Show

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This show is packed with Girl Power!
Jenny Kalmbach team member of Destination 3 degrees an adventure to raise awareness about the impact that plastics have on our oceans. For more information about their cause check out Algalita Marine research Foundation.
Jodie Nelson professional surfer and SUP’er who is going to paddle from Catalina to Dana Point California and be the first woman to do it to help raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research! DONATE HERE!

So it’s been a little crazy lately.  I’ve been training for quite sometime for this. March 11th i lost one of my best friends, business partner, who was like a brother to me.

Me, Steve, Brandi: Corona Del Mar to Dana Point Training Run

Steve Adler, it’s hard to believe that he is gone.  He passed away suddenly due to an aortic aneurism, it was the same thing that took his Fathers life when his Dad was 49, Steve was 40.  The last time i saw him was on March 7th when we did our last race together in San Pedro.  We drove up there together and then the plan was for me to paddle back to surfside for a training run.

Now everytime I look at my March 7th blog entry it reminds me about that day.  It is so hard to keep trucking along, but i know that Steve wouldn’t want it any other way.  He would heckle me so hard when i first decided to do the Catalina Challenge solo.  He was stoked for the reasoning behind it, but his way of getting me fired up to train was to heckle me.  One time i told him he was a jerk and hung up after a heckle session.  He texted me back and said, “are you pissed?”, I said “YES!”, he answered, “good then i did my job!”  Steve was one of the nicest humans i’ve ever known and he was one of those guys that, it was a privilege to call him a friend.  If you were friends with him, then you knew, he was one of your biggest cheerleaders!  Steve was training with me for this race before he passed away.   He was my coach last year for this same race when i did it as a relay with Bridgett.  He was going to be my coach again this year.  It’s just not going to be the same without him.  I’m just trying to get through this weekend and hope to raise lots more money.  But there is a huge piece of my life missing and it’s just weird.  Honestly, i have to say Stand Up Paddling is never going to be the same with out my friend Steve!

I miss you friend!

Last years Catalina Challenge: Steve on the right cheering me and Bridgett on. My son Taylor in the middle.

Thanks KCAL for helping me get the word out!

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Founded in 2010 by professional surfer Jodie Nelson, Paddle With Purpose, as of 2013, is officially a recognized 501c3 non-profit organization created to serve as a philanthropic extension of the sport of Stand Up Paddling. Grounded on the premise that empowerment motivates and inspires, PWP exists to raise awareness and funds for a variety of causes and movements. With over $150K raised through organized races, community events and an integral presence the action sports industry, PWP has been proven a successful and credible agent for action and change.

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