Archive for May 2012
Join Leslie Kolovich as she talks with Bob Purdy about the upcoming Global Event on June 16th World Paddle for the Planet Day!
The General Goal for the day is to gather as many people as possible around the world, and get them all out paddling to help raise awareness for the protection of our planet.
“World Paddle for the Planet Day” has been created to give Standup Paddle Surfers everywhere an opportunity to paddle for change by sending a “SUPWave of Change” around the Globe! Here is the plan!
One, choose a change you would like to see happen in the World. Two, paddle for that change on June 16th. Three, commit to that change until it becomes reality! It could be something as simple as spending the day cleaning up your local beach, or as ambitious as joining a movement working to “Change the way we live on the Planet”. Paddle by yourself, or organize a group to send out a stronger “SUPWave of Change!” It’s simple, more paddlers, in more places around the World equals bigger change! Bob will paddle the length of Okanagan Lake in B.C. Canada where he lives, a distance of about 80 miles. The change he wants to see in the world is a reduction in consumption! Leslie has committed to using reusable containers, purchasing less plastic. Leslie will be “On The Road” for this event and posting daily video, blogs and podcasts here and on Facebook, Twitter and Supconnect.com from British Columbia so make sure you stay tuned! Remember, One Person is the difference, Stand Up and BE that person!
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Join Leslie Kolovich as she talks with Florida Legend Michael O’Shaughnessy. Michael talks candidly about his sister who tragically lost her battle with breast cancer 6 years ago. Michael, being so involved in the paddle world felt hosting a annual event in her honor could help spread the word about early detection, and provide funds for those who cannot afford mammograms. The Pink Paddle will be held June 30th in Ponce Inlet. It’s open to all paddling crafts. This event is about paddling with or for someone you love that has survived or passed from cancer. To get involved in this event visit pink paddle.org
Michael has been one of the first if not the first to start paddle competitions on the east coast from Key West on up the state. His main race and most famed in the state is the East Coast Paddle Championships in it’s 15th year this July, and is the last WPA point race of the season in Florida.
Just a bit of bio info on Michael (he has promised to do a in depth segment on his history and paddle boarding):
Michael has competed in the Iron Man Triathlon, is a two-time and current Guinness World record holder in the sport of paddle boarding (Cuba to USA and English Channel), a four-time East Coast Paddle Board Champion and holder of two other World Records in the sport (Irish Sea, Loch Ness) and a six-time Florida State Paddleboard Champion. His paddleboard is hanging in the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame in Cocoa Beach. The list of accomplishments is long, and the rich history and stories of paddle boarding with good friends like Joe Bark are vast!
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MJ is a retired school teacher and found SUPing as a perfect retirement sport. However, being involved with Special Olympics for over 20 years she knew her new passion for this sport would be a wonderful sport for Special Olympic athletes. Just this year, Florida was the first state to officially implement Stand Up Paddling as a recognized sport. MJ had a very large role in making this happen. There have been many people who have helped, and continue to help with this process of training athletes, obtaining funding, and equipment. If you are interested in assisting the Special Olympics Florida with their Stand Up Paddle program please visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org/ Enjoy The Podcast Now:
Leslie Kolovich and Photographer Joan Vienot will be traveling to Kelowna BC to join Bob Purdy for World Paddle For the Planet Day. We encourage everyone to get involve by “Sending a “SUPWave of Change” around the World”.
In His Own Words: “My name is Bob Purdy, I am the Standup Paddle Surfing, Elder in Training, Outstanding Somewhere, from “Paddle for the Planet”… In 2011 I paddled my Standup Paddle Surfer every day to raise funds for the “David Suzuki Foundation” and “Change the way we live on the Planet”.
“I discovered that we are facing many of the same challenges in 2012 that we did last year. And the year before that. And the year before that. Etc. Etc. Etc. I find it very difficult to stand by and watch the same challenges surface year after year which is why I will “Paddle for the Planet” again every day in 2012. The call to action is urgent, the Planet is crying out for help! The challenges we face environmentally, socially and economically in today’s World are staggering, and just like all life on the Planet, intricately connected! Have we forgotten that all life is precious? Have we become disconnected from the Natural World that is our home? Have we affected the planet’s ability to sustain life? Could we do better for the planet, and for each other? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then action is required! It is time to “Change the way we live on the Planet!”
I have also discovered that as a group, Standup Paddle Surfers tend to be a proactive group of people! What better way to “Change the way we live on the Planet” than to create an opportunity for paddlers around the World to paddle for the change they would like to see? “World Paddle for the Planet Day” is June 16, 2012 and has been created to give Standup Paddle Surfers everywhere an opportunity to paddle for change by sending a “SUPWave of Change” around the Globe! Here is the plan! One, choose a change you would like to see happen in the World. Two, paddle for that change on June 16th. Three, commit to that change until it becomes reality! It could be something as simple as spending the day cleaning up your local beach, or as ambitious as joining a movement working to “Change the way we live on the Planet”. Paddle by yourself, or organize a group to send out a stronger “SUPWave of Change!” It’s simple, more paddlers, in more places around the World equals bigger change! For my part I will paddle the length of Okanagan Lake in B.C. Canada where I live, a distance of about 80 miles. The change I want to see in the world is a reduction in consumption! We need to rethink the way we consume and reduce what we buy, the Planet needs a break from our constant need to indulge! Join me on June 16th!
The “David Suzuki Foundation” has done a lot to “Change the way we live on the Planet” and I will once again fundraise to support their amazing body of work! The Foundation could really use our help in the World and I invite all paddlers to join me in collecting pledges/donations to help Dr. Suzuki achieve his goals for change. Donations are gratefully accepted on our “PFTP” web site www.paddlefortheplanet.ca or on the “DSF” website www.davidsuzuki.org just follow the links. Every penny donated will go directly to the “David Suzuki Foundation!” Please join me on June 16th to make “World Paddle for the Planet Day” an outstanding event for change in 2012! Organize a happening, go for a quiet paddle, join your friends or paddle solo, whatever you do let us know! Contact us on facebook at Bob Purdy with details of your paddle on our event page! Aloha!…
One Person is the Difference, Stand up and be that Person!
Listen to previous podcasts with Bob Here on the Stand Up Paddle Radio Show http://www.supradioshow.com/2011/12/bob-purdy-completes-paddle-planet-365-days-start-againsup-radio-show/
Make sure to follow Leslie On The Road as she will blog with video and photos everyday in British Columbia for this Amazing Event!
Join Leslie Kolovich and co-host Kristin Thomas as they continue the series on Stand Up Paddler’s Healthy Habits with guest Dr. Gary Arthur.
He has worked as the sports doctor for the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association and currently works with Laguna Beach High School athletic teams. He also is a surfer and Stand Up Paddler and works with some of the best Sup athletes including Kristin and Chuck Patterson. Dr. Arthur talks about the importance of living a balanced life with eating habits, sleep and exercise. Dr. Gary gives some very important advise in this podcast related to injury avoidance and recovery.
To read more about Dr Arthur visit www.healthinbalance.com Listen to the Podcast Now: