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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!

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

Laylan Connelly did a great article for the OC REGISTER for the upcoming TRESTLES 2 TJ paddle.  Click Here to read the article in all it’s glory!

The shirts have arrived (thank you Hurley), the preparations have been made, the training has been done.  Now its time for the journey to begin.  Tomorrow 8am our group will depart on the beginning of a 70 mile journey that will start in San Clemente and finish at the Tijuana river mouth.  We are excited to see what awaits ahead for us on this journey.   Human spirit, heart, and physical strength will be tested.   But, I find that when you are doing something big for a reason other than for yourself it makes the fight and sacrifice that much more worthy.   Below is the official press release.


River Team Paddles the Coastline from Trestles to Tijuana River

San Diego, CA, July 2012:





San Diego, CA, July 2012: Below the Surface and Paddle with Purpose, two non-profit organizations based in San Diego, CA and Orange County, CA will be embarking on their First Annual Trestles to TJ Paddle from the mouth of the San Mateo Creek which feeds the world renowned surf breaks at Trestles on the San Diego-San Clemente Border over 70 miles down the coastline to the Tijuana River at the US/Mexico border. 15 paddlers from a variety of organizations including Below the Surface, the SUP Spot, the Mission Continues, National Geographic Young Explorers, the Eco Warrior Project, SUP Core, Expedition 1000, Red I Nation, Namaste SUP and endurance athlete Ryan Levinson are coming together for this inaugural event. Trestles to TJ is meant to draw attention to the impact of riverine water pollution on the coastline, and is the official launch of the Riverview Mobile App which is part of Below the Surface’s Riverview Project, or “Google’s Streetview for Rivers”.

The Trestles to TJ paddle starts on July 21st 2012 and will end on July 28th 2012. Paddlers will launch and finish at the mouth of 7 rivers where they meet the ocean, including the San Mateo Creek, Batiquitos Lagoon, San Dieguito River Mouth, La Jolla Cove Marine Protected Area, San Diego River, the Silver Strand side of the Sweetwater River and the Tijuana River. Paddlers will be accompanied by chase boats provided by Hess Gen Inc and Oceanforce Foundation.

Below the Surface takes a collaborative approach on its projects that help strengthen the riverine and marine ecosystems. On the Trestles to TJ paddle, longtime partner & supporter Paddle with Purpose, run by Stand Up Paddle board Ambassador and former pro surfer Jodie Nelson, has generously supplied six 14′ Surftech Bark Dominator Stand Up Paddle Boards and six Quickblade Paddles for the team. “Paddle with Purpose is all about empowering other non-profits and everyday people to raise awareness for worthy causes through the sport of Stand Up Paddling. This is exactly what we are doing through our collaboration with Below the Surface,” said Ms Nelson. “The Below the Surface team is an educated group of people working hard to not only raise awareness of the problems in our watersheds and oceans, but they are getting out there and offering up solutions! I am excited to see Trestles to TJ become a yearly pilgrimage as a celebration of our waterways.”


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked closely with Below the Surface to develop the Riverview Mobile App, particularly to include information about the health of waterways. “EPA is excited to work with Below the Surface on this expedition and the technology for the Riverview Mobile App,” said Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “Empowering and engaging citizens is absolutely essential to clean water in this country, and the Riverview App is a fantastic tool for spurring grassroots stewardship of our rivers, lakes and coastal waters.”

For more information about the Trestles to TJ paddle, Riverview Mobile App or Below the Surface, please contact Jared Criscuolo at


Below the Surface is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of and education about the issues surrounding water. It is focused on identifying the issue – water pollution, and field testing economically feasible ways to recycle wastewater.




Below the Surface




Trestles to TJ: Standing-Up for Clean Water Along San Diego’s Coast

Who: Surfers, Scientists, Paddlers, and Adventurers who care about the health of our watersheds, beaches, and ocean users. Here is the team as it stands: Kristian Gustavson  and Jared Criscuolo, co-founders from Below the Surface; Shannon Switzer, photo-journalist and National Geographic Young Explorer; Dave Corntthwaite, British Adventurer and founder of Expedition 1000,  James Pribram, pro-surfer/Eco-Warrior, Jodie Nelson former Pro Surfer/ Broadcast Media Producer/ founder, Paddle With Purpose.

What: A 70+ mile paddle from the San Mateo Creek at Trestles to the Tijuana River at the US/Mexico Border. Several programs to enhance the online information about beach health and ways to explore America’s waterways will be announced to the public during this campaign.

Where: The team will stop at major river mouths and other places of interest to have press conferences and meet with local community groups.

When:  LAUNCH on Saturday July 21st and ARRIVE on SATURDAY July 28th 2012

Why: San Diego County is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and best-known stretch of beaches. Unfortunately, issues such as urban run-off, marine debris, and beach erosion persist. There are many things we as a community within our watershed can do to improve the health of our beaches and the purpose of this paddle is to highlight the importance of individual responsibility and collective action upstream and down!

How: Stand-Up Paddling is a great way to explore and catch-waves! WIth support from Paddle WIth Purpose The team will use stand-up paddle (SUP) boards to travel the coastline and will be supported by a chase boat and land crew.

Kristian Gustavson, Founder & Explorer           



Jodie Nelson, Founder Paddle With Purpose



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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