Thank you to everyone that dismissed the weather forecast
and attended the event.
NO RAIN -- Slight NW Wind & bit of swell made
for a nice challenging day. For part of the day we
even saw blue skies and the sun.
I would also like to thank our Sponsors, Volunteers
& Safety Boat Drivers for their generous contributions
that made this event possible.
Volunteers: Angela, Cheance, Anne, Margie,
Beth, Tyler, Heather, Alli & Marissa
Safety Boats: Chuck, Ivo, Miho, Mark, George,
Mike & Christian
Sponsors: PaddleMe, JetBlue Airways, SUP ATX,
Rubio's, Ocean Paddlesports, Mudbrook Paddles, OnIT
Pro, Hawaiian Energy Shotz, Riviera Paddlesurf, Brilliant
Lenses, Poseidon SUP Shop (Venice,CA.) & Bomber
Story of the day will be posted soon... If you have
any individuals stories or experiences that you would
like share, please email them to email@example.com
A big THANK YOU has to go out to Kare Haereiti ...
she was leading the Women's short course OC1 division
when a young paddler fell into the water and lost
his boat and paddle. Kare stopped paddling to help
this paddler until the safety boats arrived.
2011 Mike "SheaDog"
Most Inspirational Paddler Award
Surrounded by his ohana, team, friends
and competitors, Al Ching was honored at the Malibu
to Marina PaddleMe.com Championships Saturday as the
Most Inspirational Paddler for the season 2010-2011.(pictured
Al Ching - photo courtesy www.ocpaddler.com)
The votes were tallied, and while it was a tough
slate to chose from, it was evident by the display
of Lanakila participants that Al truly does inspire.
I wish I had asked them to raise their glasses, further
testimony to his credit, as most of the glass holders,
aka winners, in today's long course were from Lanakila.
Al Ching- Al has an unending passion for all things
Outrigger, Mudbrook Paddle maker, long course OC1
paddler, Coach and founding member of Lanakila Outrigger,
"Danny's dad!" "...All his contributions
to Outrigger & racing hard on the OC-1 whether
here in SoCal or his 27 mile Maui-Molokai OC-1 Solo
crossing last year at 70 yrs old!"-Thomas Shahinian
Al beat out some other inspirational paddlers to
win this years award including Shaun Evola, Aimee
Specter, Kel Thompson, Julie Wolfe, Keith Keilor,
and Dennis Campbell.
The award is in celebration of Mike Shea - aka Sheadog
(pictured above) - a legendary paddler who started
paddling in the So Cal scene only to transplant up
to Northern California and stoke the fire of the Nor
Cal Paddlers. Mike lost a battle with Cancer in 2005
but his spirit lives on.
Pictures from the event can be found at the following
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