Join Leslie Kolovich as she talks with stand up paddler Kip Hoffman from Dubuque Iowa. On June 26th, 3:30 in the morning Kip began his solo journey to complete 36 miles down the Mississippi River in support of raising awareness and funds to end domestic and sexual violence for a local charity called Riverview Center. The event was called “Between These Lines”. In this podcast Kip tells us about making the decision to paddle knowing they were predicting south winds sustained at 20mph and possible gusts up to 40 mph, so for him this meant headwinds. Heat was predicted to be record breaking in the upper 90s. He knew he had to continue with his plans and just start earlier in the darkness rather than the sun. When you listen to the podcast you can hear the passion in Kip’s voice that gave him the strength to face the Misssissippi head on to “Send Violence down the river”. Nine hours later Kip completed his paddle often only moving 6 inches with each stroke as the winds were so strong. Kip talks about what it took not to quit.
Kip tells the story of how he found SUP in Dubuque Iowa. Yes there is Stand Up Paddling in Iowa! Quite a growing community! Kip first was inspired to do something for his community after meeting Dave Cornthwaite last summer when he was there doing his Mississippi River expedition.
As Dave does so well, he inspired him to use SUP as a medium to make a charitable contribution to his community. The local non-profit center Kip paddled for, Riverview Center provides counseling for survivors and education for the community to help prevent future violence. Kip was able to raise over $3,000 with his paddle.
This is a very inspirational podcast enjoy it now: