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Robert Sandford A Life Shaped By Water-The Paddler’s Planet

Robert Sandford

Bob Sandford is the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations “Water for Life” Decade

This week Leslie and Christian have the honor of speaking with Robert Sandford–a Canadian scientist, author, and advocate for water. As a young man, he had a life-changing experience on a glacier that helped set Bob out on a lifetime of working to make sure that all the world has clean and healthy water. Find out how Bob Sandford is helping to protect the world’s waters, and hear his inspiring personal account of how a near tragedy led to opportunity, this week on The Paddler’s Planet.






Across the planet, what once seemed like limitless water is trickling away under increasing pressures from humans. In the developed world, water is mostly abundant and so is often wasted, whereas much of the rest of the world struggles every day to get enough clean water just to drink and bathe.


With these growing threats as a backdrop, Bob tells us more about his work heading the United Nations Water for Life Decade in Canada and his many other exciting efforts on behalf of clean water.  Many of us have formative experiences with water, bringing us together and forming a basis for conversation in ways that other issues do not, he says. That’s certainly something that paddlers understand.


From his home base in the Canadian Rockies, Bob shares some of his goals: To dispell the myth of limitless water; to build a bridge between science and public understanding of water issues; and to bring international examples of water management and science to Canada to help inform the issues there.

Bob Sanford Photo by Henry Vaux


There are also tremendous changes taking place in the Earth’s climate, with consequences for water. Bob educates us about jet streams and rainfall, polar ice melting and rising temperatures. With a scientist’s knowledge and an activist’s passion, it’s a unique and wonderful combination that can help inform paddlers about the waters we all need and love. Learn more about the world of water from a life shaped by water, this week on The Paddler’s Planet.

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World Paddle For The Planet October 10-13, 2013 Panama City Beach, Florida

Bob Purdy Hits Day 1000 Paddling For The Planet! -SUP Radio Show


Bob Purdy Day 1000

In his own words:

My name is Bob Purdy, I am the “Standup Paddle Surfing, Elder in Training” from “Paddle for the Planet”. I have been paddling my Standup Paddle Surfer every day since January1, 2011 to Paddle for the Planet, Day 1,000, Thursday, September 26, 2013

“Change the Way we live on the Planet”!

On September 26th I will reach a significant milestone and would like to invite you to join me as I celebrate 1,000 consecutive days of paddling! The paddle will take place at Cates Park in North Vancouver beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26th with an opening Ceremony. Following a short introduction I will dip the paddle in the water at 6 p.m. to begin our Day 1,000 journey from Cates Park to Deep Cove, a paddle of approximately 40 minutes. Paddlers from all disciplines are invited and encouraged to participate!

There have been many challenges in getting to Day 1,000, including weather of all kinds. I am often asked what the coldest day has been, and that would be Day 55 back in February of the first year. With a temperature of minus 28 including a 60 km/hr offshore wind, everything above water level froze instantly. I managed to paddle for about 20 minutes, and as I approached the shoreline I stepped off the board only to find that my booties had frozen to the deck of the board. It made for an interesting dismount!

I would also like to tell you about “World Paddle for the Planet” coming up in October. Last year I invited paddlers around the World to “pick a change” they wanted to see, then “paddle for that change” on June 16th, 2012, and finally, “commit to that change” until it became a reality. For my part, I paddled from Penticton to Vernon in the Okanagan Valley where I live, a distance of about 80 miles. For the second year, I am once again inviting paddlers around the World to paddle for change wherever they live, or join me at Lake Powell, Panama City Beach, Florida this October 12th where I will paddle for 24 hours to support all the paddles happening around the Globe. The paddlers that join me in Florida will partake in a 4 day festival from October 10-13, 2013, organized and hosted by Leslie Kolovich from the SUP Radio Show, to demonstrate changes that people can make. I have attached info about this paddle for you as well, along with a SUP bio of my paddling history.

Thank you for taking the time to take a look at these events coming up soon, I look forward to seeing you on Day 1,000 at Cates Park!…Bob Purdy, Standup Paddlesurfing, Elder in Training, “Paddle for the Planet”   250-215-0241   bobpurdy365@gmail.com


Healing Haunted Houses Michael Rowland-SUP Radio Show

Hey there!  This is Leslie Kolovich.  Michael Rowland a energetic healer from British Columbia joins me today for a very interesting, and informative conversation about his work removing ghosts, spirits or supernatural energies from homes and people.

Interestingly enough it was stand up paddling that was the pathway to my meeting with a real “Ghost Buster” put in a Hollywood term for effect only.  I met Michael over a year ago when I was covering World Paddle for the Planet’s Bob Purdy’s historical 90 mile paddle on Lake Okanagan in British Columbia.  I had the honor of assisting Bob’s wife Sharon, a Shiatsu Practitioner with her role in a documentary film called Holistic Healing in the Okanagan, a documentary film by Dr. Hugo De Burgos a professor at the University of British Columbia.   He had rented an old house in Kelowna to be the setting for several days of filming many healing modalities of the area.  I’m going to just tease you with a few good lines.  Before we entered the house the assistant to Dr. De Burgos says to us, ” I sure hope Michael gets here soon the house has a lot of negative energy in it, I want him to clear the house before we get started.”  I was intrigued.  I really wanted to see how a “real” ghost buster worked.  It wasn’t until I spent a few hours in that house uncleared with a headache, and stabbing pain in my left shoulder did I come to understand what negative energies are.  I had a very powerful experience witnessing a real clearing, and a understanding of my own sensory abilities that changed my life from that day forth.

In this podcast Michael explains so lovingly what most of us fear when we think of things that go bump in the night. Here is an excerpt from his website:  Earthbound spirits are just that, spirits bound or trapped in the earth plane of existence. There are a variety of reasons that a person’s spirit may not cross-over and include not feeling deserving enough, or staying behind to protect or watch over loved ones, or they may just not realize that they have died. They do not belong here and after being trapped for some time, they usually make their presence known so that they can be crossed over to complete their journey.

Michael Rowland Healing Haunted Houses.com

Pictured here Leslie Kolovich, Michael Rowland, and assistant Ginny, and Sharon Purdy in Kelowna British Columbia.

I was so moved and impressed with his abilities to be a channel for helping spirits cross over that I have asked him and his colleague to come to Florida to teach two workshops.  November 16 & 17th and December 7 & 8 here in Panama City Beach, Florida.  Space is limited visit Michael’s website Healing Haunted Houses and click on the Florida Workshop.

The Main thing you will understand after listening to this podcast is there is nothing to fear.

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The Important Role Of Fish In The Aquatic Ecosystem-The Paddler’s Planet-SUP Radio

Bluefin Tuna Photo courtesy of NOAAWhat’s the most common wildlife we see while paddling? For most of us, it’s fish. We paddle quietly over and around them, and even have a close-up view when they jump from the water. While it can seem like fish are everywhere, many species are overfished around the world, with serious consequences for the health of our waterways. Join Leslie and Christian to learn more about healthy fisheries, this week on The Paddler’s Planet.


Nearly 80% of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, overexploited or in a depleted state, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Modern fishing boats have giant nets and are guided by GPS systems and satellites that take them to the most productive spot. The fish can no longer hide. In the absence of effective regulation, that leads to overfishing.Shrimp Boat Photo Courtesy of NOAA


But why should we be concerned? It’s because fish are a vital part of the aquatic ecosystem, transferring energy up and down the food chain and fulfilling many important roles.

Parrot Fish photo courtesy of NOAATake the colorful parrotfish we often see swimming on coral reefs…The parrotfish graze on algae that without them would smother and overtake the reef.


And then there’s menhaden, a small, oily fish found in huge schools along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It’s a filter feeder, eating tiny phytoplankton (microscopic marine plants) and thus transferring energy from the sun to the larger fish like redfish that eat the mendhaden. It’s considered one of the most important fish in the sea.


For those who eat fish, one good thing to do is to eat responsibly by avoiding overfished species. Check the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the best choices in sustainable seafood. We also need to advocate for habitat restoration, since we know that restoring lost marshes, seagrasses, and oyster reefs are the best way to bring back and maintain healthy populations of fish. Learn more about the challenges of healthy fisheries.

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Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Dr. Sarah Schindele-SUP Radio Show

CBA LogoHey there!  This is Leslie Kolovich and joining me today is Dr. Sarah Schindele with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.

Dr. Sarah Schindele has worked with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) since 2005. She manages CBA’s volunteer water quality monitoring program and coastal dune lakes initiatives; this work includes CBA’s maintenance control program for invasive exotic plants in the dune lakes watersheds. Recently, Sarah has worked closely with the Master Gardeners of Walton County to develop a Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, along with related outreach materials. She supports CBA’s restoration and education programs, as well as other varied research efforts in the Choctawhatchee watershed. Sarah is a certified Florida Master Naturalist (coastal, uplands, and freshwater wetlands).Educational Class for 3rd Graders


In this podcast Sarah tells us the history of the CBA beginning back in 1996 when representatives from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection(FDEP) other state, federal and local government agencies; environmental organizations; and members of the business community met with concerned citizens and elected officials at Northwest Florida State College to discuss environmental quality and economic development. The sharing of concerns from participants along with the discussion on philosophies of ecosystem management from the FDEP and Eglin AFB sparked a partnership for sustainable development that is now called the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of Northwest Florida State College (CBA).


Reef Restoration Cedar Beach CoveWe also talk about the several programs that the CBA provides:

Public awareness, public involvement, and collaboration, water monitoring of our coastal dune lakes and bay, restoration, and educational programs with a curriculum about our local natural resources in K-12 creating a community of good stewards of our resources.  Research is a key aspect of the CBA assisting with the scientific research projects to collect information to better understand the natural resources within the Choctawhatchee Basin.Water Monitoring

For more information and to get involved  visit www.basinalliance.org
The CBA will be a part of World Paddle For The Planet  be sure to stop by their expo tent on Friday October 11, 2012 starting at noon.  You can also find them on the water for the 24 hour paddle!  Team CBA!




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