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On August 10th Dave Cornthwite set out to swim 1000 miles between Chamberlain, South Dakota and St Louis, Missouri.  Dave will be towing all of his gear with him on a carbon fibre raft and he will be escorted by a support team of 6 Stand Up Paddlers that will do the entire trek by his side.  Paddle with Purpose had the pleasure of meeting Dave during the Trestles to TJ paddle.   On that paddle we learned about the journey that Dave and his team was about to take on.   Dave’s mission is perfectly aligned with Paddle With Purpose’s mission statement and we wanted to support Dave and Team as we are all  hoping to help the group raise 100,000 pounds for UK-based breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!  50 days, 20 miles a day. 1 man swimming 1000 miles, 6 people paddling 1000 miles. Stay tuned for updates on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube from beginning to end.

Paddle With Purpose is helping to supply Dave with Swim Caps, we pledge to help spread the word, and we are contributing funds to help the team with their social media push.  Please help us spread the word in getting the team to their fundraising goal!  Paddle With Purpose will join Dave towards the end of his journey the end of September to see him to the finish line!   GO DAVE GO!  Did we mention that the Missouri River is one of the dirtiest stretches of river in North America?   Let’s hope he can stay strong and healthy along the way!

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The Crew had a great paddle today. Only one more leg to go, just 8 more miles, and they will arrive at the Tijuana river mouth.

 

 

Well it certainly has been very exciting to see all of the support for my paddle.  We have some amazing announcements to make which will be coming soon.

The Ellen episode re-aired last Friday which was really fun because people who had not seen it the first time it aired were so inspired to hear the story.

We will be having a new website coming soon that will give everyone an chance to be a part of Paddle With Purpose.

You can still get your Larry shirt.  I wore mine last weekend on a paddle up in Malibu.  Can’t wait to fill you all in with the new and exciting things that have been happening with Paddle With Purpose.  Stay tuned!  Below is a picture from a race i did last weekend in Santa Monica.  All the proceeds went to the Santa Monica Pier Restoration and Heal the Bay.  I’m in the top right in the yellow shirt.

SUP Race At Santa Monica Pier

The shot below is at the end of a 7 mile paddle off the coast of Palos Verdes.

Larry is getting us exposure beyond our wildest dreams!

A CHANGE:  Look for Paddle With Purpose stories on SATURDAY’s NBC nightly news and SATURDAY’s Today show on NBC  (starts @ 7am?).  CBS came a knocking this evening too and they are running a story tonight @ 11pm and maybe tomorrow morning – Channel 9 in L.A. might run something in the morning as well.  Last but not least – CNN Anderson 360 has shown clips and it may be mentioned on other shows as well as their website.  Phew….

Doors are opening and Breast Cancer awareness/prevention/education is being heard – as well as the plight of the Minke Whale 🙂

We decided to raise our fundraising target because we know it can be done – every dollar makes a difference!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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.

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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