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On the Road

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On The Road

Paddling For The Planet 2012 With Bob Purdy-Sup Radio Show

I had just quit my 9-5 uniform-wearing, clock-punching, rules-and-regulations, numbers-game job, working as an Activities Director at a nursing home!  Interestingly, it was the sweet residents there who were encouraging me to fly out that big white door, and live my life with passion!  I will cherish their wisdom forever.  They are the angels who guided me to Kelowna British Columbia, Canada, to cover an event which would change my life.


The mountains of the Okanagan sent a vibration to my heart from the moment I first spoke to Bob Purdy who had been paddling everyday since January 2011, to draw attention to his cause, “To Change the Way We Live on the Planet”.  When Bob asked me to join him for World Paddle For The Planet Day, I was honored, but I had no idea this edition of ‘On The Road With Leslie’ would touch the depths of my soul.  I know the planet is struggling, but it is easy to look at pictures and see only the splendor.


At 1:30 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2012, we packed into the van in the light rain and headed out to Penticton, our starting point for World Paddle For the Planet.  Bob’s plan was to paddle the entire length of Okanagan Lake, roughly 80 miles, in one day.  Rayburns Marine World provided the support boat and two captains, one for each half of the event.   The rest of the crew consisted of only the photographer, Joan Vienot, and Chief Support John Anderson.  Bob’s wife, Sharon, would join us at mile 40.


The morning was still dark when we launched our paddleboards.   Knowing I had not trained or ever paddled more than 7 miles, so that was my goal.  Bob and Stefan Idzan, (Bob’s friend and training partner) went on ahead, their pace being much faster than mine.


Here’s where it gets personal.


I was alone in the middle of the lake.   The dark of the night began to lighten as the sun was about to make a morning appearance. My senses were in an acute state. I could hear individual raindrops falling on my jacket, hitting the water, and I noticed the sound the blade of my paddle made as it sliced into the water.  Surreal.  I also heard my heart beating, not because of exertion, because I was ‘in the moment’ and I knew it.  I always talk about how stand up paddling is the sport that truly puts you ‘in the moment’ — well, this experience nailed that statement completely solid!


It was then, alone on that lake, that I understood why Bob was so passionate about Paddling for the Planet.  I fell in love with the lake that day.  I also fell in love with the Planet.  I heard her heart beating, I felt the pride of her looks, I saw the moods of her weather, and her desire to be there for the humans who need her every single second they breathe.


I have interviewed many people who have paddled some astounding distances, and I have been truly amazed, but I never really understand why anyone would want to do that.  It was when Bob told me that I had just paddled 10 miles, that my tears began to flow.  I actually had done something I had never done before, nor thought I could.  I felt so good, knowing I was doing it for a cause greater than just personal satisfaction.


The rain started to come down even harder, but the water remained calm.   Bob was focused, his breath steady, his balance perfect.  Always smiling, always concerned, and always appreciative, he encouraged me to take it just one hour at a time. So I kept paddling.  At mile 16, even though my breath was steady and my heart was strong, my arms were on fire, and I couldn’t take another stroke of my paddle.  I kneeled down on my 12’ Naish board, knowing that my guardian John Anderson would see me, and bring the boat back to rescue me.


I crawled into the boat, tears in my eyes from the pain and also because I had just achieved another milestone, a 16-mile paddle.  Mr. John, expertly massaged my spent arms and shoulders as I sipped our magic elixir, coconut water, and ate an avocado-tuna sandwich.  Bob carried on, strong and steady.  About an hour later, I felt recovered enough to get back on the water.


This is when I surprised myself by paddling 4 more miles, but that’s when my body said, “Hey girl, I believe you understand the needs of the planet now, and you will not be any good if you kill me!”  I felt pretty damn good, with 20 miles under my paddle.


But enough about me!

Around hour 16, I saw Bob waver for the first time.  A downwinder, with big twisting waves, so close together that it took all of his energy to stay standing.  Wisely, he put on a lifejacket.   I began to wonder if this was worth the risk.  I began to be scared for his life, and I think we all were, but we said nothing. It was getting dark, with more rain and wind, and we still had 3 hours to go.  I could easily have called it good at that point, but Bob was determined, continuing to take food and water every hour, still managing to speak kind words.  Telling us how close we were to the finish, he was the one giving the pep talk!


With darkness quickly approaching, we were concerned that we would not have enough light to keep track of Bob on the water.  Miraculously, we saw this bright alien vessel coming towards us, and to our joy it was Kevin O’Brien with glow lights on his board and paddle.  Symbolically and literally he lit the way for the tiring Bob and crew.


Nearing midnight, after 19 hours on the water, a surge of energy came to us all when we saw the glittering lights of our final destination, Vernon.  Bob glided into shore ahead of the boat, and we all cheered as we heard him call out, “WAHOOOO!!!”  There was no fanfare, no TV cameras, just the lucky few who were there to witness the super-human strength of this Planet Paddler. Tears and emotions of all kinds poured from us exhausted earthlings.  I’m pretty sure Bob’s completion of the 80-mile length of Okanagan Lake is a world record for continuous paddling.


The story doesn’t end here, as Bob continues to paddle daily for the Planet and has not missed a Daily Paddle since his mission began on January 1, 2011.


The next World Paddle For the Planet Day is set for Lake Powell, in Panama City Beach, Florida, October 10-13, 2013.  You can join Bob and me, Leslie Kolovich, along with many other Planet Paddlers and Planet Changers from around the world, for this important Planet Summit.  We invite you to be a part of this.  Be the change you want to see!  For more information you can check out the Facebook page “World Paddle for the Planet” at  or contact me through supradioshow@gmail.com.

You can also see the published story with additional photos at ThePaddler.co.UK 

Cross Country Road Trip With Purpose And A Journey-Sup Radio Show

Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich.  Joining me today is Martin Burzynski who recently returned from his cross country road trip.  Martin tells us the opportunity that presented to him when he flew to Oregon to pick up his new van.  Paddle with Purpose, Tampa Bay Crossing 2013, benefitting the Wounded Warrior High Five Tour was held this past weekend.  This year the event was all traditional prone paddling.  Joe Bark and family were slated to participate, and were needing to get several prone boards to the event.  As we all know, the cost of shipping boards across country is quite costly.  Martin, volunteered to transport the boards back to Florida.  He was on his way to Newport Beach, to pick up his new 14′ Hovie Race Board from Brian Hovnanian  as well as meet with the Terrells (QuickBlade), Frank Ornelas and our friend Larry Allison.  Perfect timing for everyone!  So there’s the purpose.

Martin tells us about his experiences deciding to travel the Pacific Coast Highway.  Martin states what was most problematic  about the trip was that there were so many incredible pull offs with vista overlooks, hiking, and biking trails, that it forced him to leave his travel plans behind.  His new van allowed him to camp in some of the most beautiful areas along the coast from Seaside, Oregon to the Redwood forests.  Martin describes his experiences running along a trail in Cape Lookout with the mountain on one side and the crashing waves of the ocean on the other.  Martin talks about walking through the spectacular Redwoods, and a hike through Fern Canyon.

His trip continues down the coast to Northern California to my personal favorite city in the country, San Francisco.  Martin tells us about waiting 3 hours to eat pizza at the famous Anthony Mangieri’s  Una Pizza Napoletana restaurant.  The wait was more than worth it.  This pizza chef sometimes will not open the restaurant if the pizza dough isn’t just perfect.








Martin did have a bit of a time constraint to get the 8 boards back to Florida before the event, but he managed a trip to see the Oracle and go for a ride in the support boat.

Seeing his West Coast friends, sharing some waves, and great conversations, they loaded up the boards and Martin headed for home back in Florida.  He talks about driving through just about every condition Mother Nature could throw at him.  Sand storms, blizzards, and heavy rains.  Fourteen days from day one in Oregon he drove into Ft Desoto, Florida with 8 boards without one scratch or ding just in time for the event.  So there’s the journey.

Through all this Martin is planning on a two month cross country trip this summer, hitting as many races out West as he possibly can.  Martin feels some of the main things he learned from this sample trip are, not to be too attached to travel plans, stop and have a coffee and/or a meal with friends along the way, and pull off and explore the trails, the lookouts, and the scenery this great country has to offer.

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Peter Tranter, Editor Of The Paddler Ezine-Sup Radio

Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich.  Join me today as I talk with Peter Tranter, the editor of the United Kingdom’s largest Paddle Sports Ezine Magazine ThePaddler.

On the Road with Leslie” last June to British Columbia following Bob Purdy’s first  World Paddle For the Planet Day is featured in the January issue as well as my interview with British adventurer, author and speaker Dave Cornthwaite.

Peter tells us his story of how he started in the magazine business as a designer then editor for Canoe Focus for some 20 years.  He tells us about what jump started him into his own company producing The Paddler along with several other publications.  Peter loves magazine design and states, “it’s hard to call it work” even though he is doing it all with the help of one person in advertising!  We also talk about photography, and how the magazine is working as a ezine.  He says they have an impressive readership of 14,000 with 5000 of that  being subscriptions, and  only being online for 5 months. He has hopes to do subscription only print magazines in the future.

The magazine primarily covers canoe and kayak, but as SUP in the UK is catching on, and their largest audiences being the USA and Canada the response to SUP articles has been greater than expected.  Peter and his family actually learned to SUP on Florida’s Siesta Key.  We also talk about the possibility of getting the Royal Family on stand up boards!




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2013 World Paddle For The Planet Day Scheduled For Panama City Beach Florida~Sup Radio

Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich!  Im super stoked to have Bob Purdy of Paddle For The Planet with me today to announce World Paddle For The Planet Day October 10-13, 2013!  Lake Powell, a rare coastal dune lake in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida will be the site for the event.

We are inviting paddlers from around the planet  to paddle for the change they would like to see in 2013!  Join us in our host community, beautiful Carillon Beach, which sits right next to the lake.  There are wonderful Beach homes you can rent or a fantastic Inn, with every amenity one could want.  Thank you Carillon Beach for your support of this amazing planet event!

Bob will paddle for 24 hours straight beginning at noon on October 12th!  We are encouraging people to join Bob for this paddle, in several ways, join us on Lake Powell and paddle all 24 hours, or create a relay team, come paddle for an hour or create an event in your town on this day  to help us send a “SUP Wave of Change around the World”!  We don’t care what you paddle as long as it is human powered.  Kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, we just want as many people on the water as possible!

In addition to the 24 hour paddle, Bob and I have created a summit of the World’s top “Planet Paddlers” and “Planet Changers”.  These are people who are really making a difference and influencing change in the World. The summit will create a forum to discuss ways to come together and send a stronger message of change to benefit the Planet. Many of these amazing people have projects that are inspirational and will be showcased during the expo to be held the same weekend! Come and get inspired!

There will be a Shark Day with lots of really cool people and exhibits. Live music, kids and family friendly events, Tai Chi with Bob, SUP Yoga with LauraLynn at Yoga ElementsWalkin’ On Water Paddle Boardsand of course you can paddle with Bob on his Daily Paddle before the big event.


There is so much that will happen on these 4 days you wont want to miss one!

For more details as they unfold follow us on Facebook on Paddle For The Planet or The Stand Up Paddle Radio Show.


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If you are interested in getting involved in any way let us know!  All proceeds will benefit the David Suzuki Foundation!


Simone Kiedaisch Costa Maya Yoga~SUP Radio Show

Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich and joining me for today’s podcast is Simone Kiedaisch from Germany.  She is the owner of Costa Maya Yoga.  We are honored to have her as our Yogi  for our upcoming Laguna de Siete Colores Mayan Sup Retreat. In this podcast Simone talks about how she found Yoga and meditation while vacationing in Mexico some 25 years ago.  Yoga, since has become a very important part of her life.




She is certified BYV and Yoga Alliance, and trained in Vinyasa and OTM leadership.  She has trained with numerous notable teachers including, Brian West, Young Ho Kim, Karo Wagner, Gaby Haiber, Ronald Steiner and Desiree Rumbaugh. 








I found Simone to be so wonderful to talk with, connecting with her immediately, and I know those attending the retreat will too.  We both talk about the special environment of Laguna Bacular, with it’s Mayan energy as the perfect setting for a spiritual retreat.  Simone says,” one can feel the energy as soon as you get there”.   I so look forward to meeting you on this incredible retreat!  We have the best with Simone!

For More details on how to join us for this retreat visit  Laguna de Siete Colores Mayan Sup Retreat

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.


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