Paddle With Purpose Nominated for Top Philanthropic Effort at the 2012 SUP awards.   Voting ends SEPT 5th!



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!



Paddle With Purpose’s good friend former pro surfer Megan Abubo is doing the Molokai to Ohau crossing today in memory of her sister Jen who passed away from her battle with breast cancer two years ago.  Paddle With Purpose and Keep A Breast Foundationare proud to make this dream come true for Megan as she makes her stand against cancer and dedicates this crossing to the memory of her sister.

.  This years #M2O is getting some great press as pro surfers Rob Machado and Joel Parkinson are both doing the crossing for the first time before they head to Huntington beach for the #USOPENOFSURF

Follow @m2ofourchicks Megan Abubo team of 3 paddle @molokai2oahu for @PaddleW_Purpose & @KeepABreast #M2O

Thank you to the awesome team at Below the Surface, Jodie Nelson and Paddle with Purpose, Kris Allison at Pear Sports, James “the best tan in the World/Ecowarrior” Pribram, Dave “Cornhusker” Cornthwaite, West Marine, the Camp Pendleton MP’s Oceanside Police and Harbor Patrol for not arresting Hess, the entire shark population residing offshore of San Diego for sticking to seals and other marine life, Eddie Kisfaludi and Scifly, Belly Up, D Street Bar and Grille, Lazy Hummingbird and Regents Pizza for an INCREDIBLE week paddling from Trestles to TJ! Stay tuned for next year!

Overhead View of the Paddle With Purpose, Below The Surface, Trestles To TJ Crew

Misson Accomplished!!! 70 miles!

Point Loma

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.



They made a cute seal friend  near Torrey Pines in San Diego, the little fella playing in front of their big stand up paddleboards cruising down the pristine coastline.

A short while after passing the seal Tuesday, Laguna Beach stand up  paddler James Pribram and friend Christian Gustavson heard a splashing behind them.

“I kind of looked back  about 50 yards, and we saw the seal  go under and this fin just chase it down,” Pribram said. “We never saw them pop back up.”

Read the whole article:

O.C. paddler encounters big shark during 70-mile adventure


Come join the #trestlestotj crew tonight at the belly up after the team finishes day 5 paddle from La Jolla to Ocean Beach!




Still Going!


Lauren Peterson
, founder of Namaste SUP and all-round good-living positive-thinking role model. She’s also one of the stretchiest people in the world, we think

Team Van

Next up we have National Geographic Young Adventurer Shannon Switzer, photographer and journalist, this is one cool girl with a passion for the outdoors. Check out her blog @

Shannon Switzer


Well the paddles have gotten significantly shorter since Day 1.   The crew finished by 1pm today.  Next leg is Del Mar to La Jolla.  It should be a little over 8.24 miles.

Hope to see everyone at the Belly Up on Wednesday evening for the fundraiser.

Here are some photos from the San Clemente To Oceanside leg.   More photos to come!

Trestles 2 TJ Group Day 1 San Clemente to Oceanside 20 miles

Day one was the longest leg.   It ended up being just a little over 20 miles.    It was a beautiful day. We could not have asked for better conditions. The wind picked up just as we were getting into camp Pendleton and  it was almost the perfect direction.  We were catching little runners that were taking us towards Oceanside.   There were a ton of Jellyfish, algae blooms, but thankfully we didn’t see “fluffy” the resident Great White San O shark.   It was a very diverse group of paddlers and it was great getting to know everyone.  It was especially a pleasure getting to know Dave Cornthwaite   if you don’t know who he is please click the link.  You will not be disappointed.   He truly is an inspiration.  Dave is getting ready to swim 1000 miles down the lower Missouri river to raise money for his close friends Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation CoppaFeel!  Dave has been kind enough to commit to getting PWP some exposure during his Swim down the Missouri and It looks like Jodie Nelson will join Dave on his swim towards the end of his 1000mile journey.

Making sure the boards are looking good!

The Shark Zone

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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