Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich. Join me as I talk with two amazing women, Lori Green Hurley and Jenn Steff about their experience completing the 15 mile paddle around Sea Island last weekend. The conditions at times were gnarly, with ocean waves as high as 8′. This event started out with 20 participants ranging from experienced paddlers to paddlers who just started this summer. The average age participating(what Im stoked about) 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and 60′s! This event is not a race, it’s more of a team effort, with opportunity for everyone to complete milestones of distance.
Demery Bishop of Port St Joe Florida is 65 years old and a big supporter of the sport and this event, completed the total 15 miles. Annie Harper and Myra Galbreath both just started paddling at the beginning of the summer and accomplished mileage they never thought they could. Jenn Steff talks about this event as being a huge deal for her! She has been experiencing some health issues over the summer and has not trained, but her friend “Yoda” as she calls Lori Green Hurley, inspired her, pushed her and helped her accomplish all 15 miles. Jenn had never done more than 6 miles. Lori is an experienced paddler, and in fact completed the circumnavigation of St Simons Island last year, about 36 miles. Both Jenn and Lori talk about how stand up paddling has made a difference in all aspects of their lives.
I am always touched with the stories of friendships that inspire us to push through rough water, to be able to feel the satisfaction of doing things we never thought we could! Great job to all those who put their board in the water for this event!
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