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So as you may or may not know i’m in NYC to participate in a Stand Up Paddle event that i have wanted to partake in for the past 4 years!, but haven’t been able to as it has always fallen on my son’s birthday.  The Paddle is  called the New York SEA Paddle.  It’s a 28 mile paddle around the island of Manhattan, New York.  The purpose is to raise funds and awareness for 8 different Austim organisations and the Surfers Enviormental Alliance.

After I did the Catalina Paddle, i knew i wanted to do more with the sport of stand up paddling in the non- profit space.  So i filed to have Paddle With Purpose become it’s own Non Profit.  I explain it in my previous blog post.  It recently got approved!   Long story short, this is the third Paddle With Purpose misson.  The Second one i did with the boys from below the surface. (i just didn’t do a good job blogging about it).  I did however just go on FUEL TV to talk about the Below the Surface California coast paddle and this New York paddle!

Ok I’m making this a long blog post.  But here the point of this story.  Some people ask me, “don’t you get tired of all this do-good stuff?”  my answer is NO, I don’t.  I work hard and i do it to inspire people to keep fighting, i do it to inspire others to get off their butts and make a difference, I do it because it’s not about me.   Today, i was tempted to do the elite race because i am competitive, it’s in my blood.  As I could feel the competitor in me boil up I started thinking about switching to the elite race.  As I was standing  waiting for my board to get delivered on the side of the road in downtown New York City, a young mom with a stroller came walking by with a LARRY THE WHALE shirt on!!!  IN NEW YORK!!  What are the chances of that???  I’d say about the same chance of the real Larry showing up tomorrow in the Hudson river = SLIM TO NONE!

So I’m taking that as a message from God, confirming that this is not about me, this is so much bigger, it was like He wanted to show me that the nudge he gave me back in January to do the Catalina Paddle all the way to where I am now is not a coincidence or mistake.  I just really have no words!

I have never ran into anyone wearing my Larry shirt, this was a first.  And to have it happen in one of the biggest cities….  I’m blown away!

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Sea Paddle NYC:


Friends after a crazy 9 days straight of 18 hour US OPEN OF SURFING mayhem, what better way to unwind….  How about a 28 mile paddle around New York!   I’m raising money for Autism and spring-boarding the launch of my non-profit Paddle With Purpose which just got approved officially as it’s own non-profit.

My mission statement for Paddle With Purpose is “Outreach: To empower people through the sport of Stand Up Paddling.  Action: To raise funds and awareness for worthy causes and organizations”

The outreach portion of PWP will take various groups stand up paddling that may not have ever experienced the sport and empower them through their experience.  Cancer warriors currently undergoing treatment, inner city kids, battered women & children, and individuals battling Cystic Fibrosis are just a few of the groups we will focus on.  The Action portion of PWP’s mission statement will see not only myself but other individuals doing big paddles or small in an effort to raise money and awareness for a cause they want to support.  This will be down through a template provided by

Please join in supporting me for my 28 mile paddle around Manhattan NYC this Friday Aug 13th as i raise funds and awareness for 8 different Autism organizations and the Surfers Environmental Alliance.

And please stay tuned for further developments from Paddle With Purpose!!!

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28 miles for autism

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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