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CONFIRMATION & COMPLETE WOW MOMENT!!!
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!
See for yourself!
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Pamela Woon and Y! Digital Media Bureau check out the pad-a-monium over the iPad and the new Yahoo Entertainment App. Plus, the whale of a story that made a splash on Yahoo’s Front Page and helped surfer Jodie Nelson raise thousands of dollars for…
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WANT YOUR OWN LARRY SHIRT?
It’s been super crazy lately and I just keep going back to the fact that I couldn’t have scripted all of this in my own head. I am just so moved that this story has touched so many people. I’m going to leave you with these photos and just say you should tune in or set your recorder for Monday’s Ellen. 🙂 Also I am super excited to announce that the amazing Duncan Barnes has whipped up this super cute Larry graphic so fast for me. Then the AMAZING crew at Fresh Pressed in Los Angeles pushed this bad boy out so fast for me I was blown away! THANK YOU!!! The shirts are so cozy too, Alternative Earth by Alternative Apparel. They are organic & eco-friendly! We gave Ellen a little gift pack with lots of fun Keep A Breast Foundation goodies, a Paddle With Purpose Larry the Whale Shirt (which will be available to you soon!), and we even set Ellen up with a brand new STAMPS stand up paddle board, KIALOA Paddle, a stand up paddle lesson from The SUP Spot (boards & paddles, and lessons available through The SUP Spot) E-mail Info@theSUPspot.com for more info.
I want to say Thank You to all who have made this amazing journey possible!
First and foremost, my Friend Angela for being my hero and my inspriration. She is the most honest and real person I have ever met and I truely believe that God is using her to inspire those around her! Her blog is so real and raw, read it if you dare!! Angela’s Not So Boring Life Thanks to Angela for snapping some amazing photos that day as well as making sure i was eating and staying hydrated!
If it weren’t for my videographer Drew Little we would not have captured the footage of my almost two our journey with Larry the Minke Whale. His footage has been plastered all over the world, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, just to name a few and it seems he does not get credit so I want to make sure everyone knows DREW IS THE MAN!!
My amazing brother-in-law Mike Penjoyan for watching my two nieces so that my sister could be on the boat with me during this journey!
My sister, Jenny Penjoyan, for putting up with me all our lives and for always taking such good care of me. She stepped in to be a part of my support crew after the loss of my buddy Steve – she knew I’d need the help. She also is responsible for some fantastic photos from my “date” with Larry. We have started a blog: Larry The Whale we are going to try and keep Larry’s story going so that we can do what we can to make a difference in his world since he has made a difference in ours!!
If it weren’t for Larry the Minke whale I truly believe we would not have raised the money we have! To find out more about Larry’s kind Click here. There are only 500-600 Minke’s off the west coast of the United States. There are 3x as many Blues and 4x as many Humpbacks and Gray’s. Apparently the Japanese have been slaughtering the Minke’s off the coast of Antarctica at a disturbing rate! If you haven’t yet seen the Academy Award winning Best Feature Documentary THE COVE about the mass killings that are happening, please watch if you can stomach it, and join me in doing something to make a difference.
Crow’s Nest Yachts – Ray Hsieh [pronounced Shay] was a God send. My original escort boat fell through just 5 days prior to my paddle. On Wednesday, March 24th, I cold-called Crow’s Nest Yachts and talked with Eliza Riedel and Lianne Blach, next thing I knew I had the owner’s cousin calling me telling me that they had a boat and they weren’t even going to let us pay for gas – “No Worries”! Ray even sacrificed a majority of his daughter’s birthday March 28th to drive super slow for 40 miles to guide and protect me along the way! Thank You Ray and the entire crew at Crow’s Nest Yachts! The world needs more people like you in it!
Sport Performance Institute – Big thank you to JT, Mike, & the boys for helping to rehab my foot and getting me physically and mentally ready for this big paddle!
Claudia “Sparky” Chapel – for the pre and post body work when my body was in knots!
BARK PADDLEBOARDS – for the amazing 14 foot board that was so fast and so stable (and apparently so attractive to Minke Whales). Joe and Charlie you guys are the best! Thank You!!
KIALOA PADDLES – Dave and Meg Chun and the rest of the Kialoa Paddle crew up in Bend, Oregon for making such amazing paddles and for supporting Steve and me with paddles from the very beginning! The Pipes was amazing for this crossing! I think Larry liked the sparkly green! 🙂
SKINS – For providing me with the awesome 4 way compression pants and top. The Skins helped increase my circulation and blood throughout my body which really helped to decrease my lactic acid build up! They helped regulate my body temperature and they really helped post paddle with recovery! I wore skins all week, even slept in them! Thanks Greg Hemphill and the SKINS crew!
EMERGEN-C PINK – For keeping me hydrated and for financing my trip to Catalina! What you do for Keep A Breast is really special.
KEEP A BREAST – For the amazing work you do with Breast Cancer Awareness and for the encouragement you gave me!
BOARDING FOR BREAST CANCER – for all the hard work you do in outreach and education to help fight Breast Cancer.
H2O Audio – I will never forget paddling across the sheet glass ocean and watching the sunrise over the mainland while listening to worship music!
VhodR ContourHD – For providing us with amazing HD waterproof camcorder.
The SUP Spot – On March 11th due to a dissecting aortic aneurysm, I tragically lost my business partner Steve Adler. He was supposed to be my coach on the boat on March 28th. We both started Stand Up Paddling at the same time. We both were super passionate about the sport, and we had been training together for this race. Steve was one of the top racers in the 12’6 stock division of the southern California stand up paddle race series. Steve was on the boat with me the year before when i competed in the Ocean Ohana Catalina Challenge as a relay. This year on my solo journey, he was there with me in spirit! Thanks Steve! Steve leaves behind a 13 year old son Clark Adler and on April 18th we will be having a paddle out in Steve’s honor, 9am in Surfside, California. We will also be raising funds for Steve’s son’s College Fund. Clark is one of the most amazing young men I have ever met and I have no doubt in my mind that he will be going to Yale, Princeton, or Harvard! If you would like to donate to Clark Adler’s fund you can do so by sending a check made payable to Clark Adler and mail or drop it off at any Farmers & Merchant Bank.
Chris O’kieffe of Ocean Ohana Canoe’s – for allowing me to participate as a solo paddler in the Ocean Ohana Catalina Challenge which is actually a relay event. Your support has meant a lot to me and to the organizations we are able to raise funds for.
Go Pro – for the waterproof still camera’s.
Special Thanks to the folks at Grind TV for getting our story onto the front page of YAHOO! Because of the amazing story that Pete Thomas wrote and the efforts of all the crew at Grind TV including Greg Morrow and Chris Mauro we were able to raise over $100,000 in less than 24 hours! UNBELIEVABLE!!!
HUGE THANK YOU to my good friends at KURENT INC PR for all of the help in managing the PR from my end. I am so grateful! Andrea and the Kurent crew have done such a great job and have been putting in so many hours on this. The catch is that they will not take a dime. All I have to do in exchange is teach Andrea how to surf! DONE DEAL!
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