Watermans Paddle for Humanity descends on the Nation’s Capital
Photo Left: Ron Gossard of What SUP oc takes first in the Men's (12'6" div.) 5 mile race.Ben Butterwei and Jeremiah Lyons of Sup Annapolis took 2nd and 3rd.
Dawn Ehman of What sup OC won 4th place in the Women's (12'6" div.) 5 mile race and Sandy Deely of Ocean city, md won 2nd place in the SUP legends division while Doug Ellis won the 14' 5 miler
Event Details: 2-mile Fun Paddle and 5-mile Elite Race to be held on the Potomac.
Washington D.C. August 17th, 2011 – On August 20th paddlers will take to the warm waters of the Potomac River and participate in the first Annual Washington D.C. Paddle for Humanity. The D.C. event is the third – following events in Dana Point California and Deerfield Beach Florida – in the Watermans Applied Science Paddle for Humanity series, presented by Kona Brewing Co. Overwhelming local support has helped to shape what looks to be one of the most well attended events of the year.
Over the past three years the Watermans Paddle for Humanity has grown from a single grass-roots event to become the only three-stop National level philanthropic event in growing sport of Standup paddleboarding. The event, commonly referred to as the PFH, has raised more than $50,000 USD for charity since its inception in 2009 and helped galvanize paddling communities across the country.
At first holding an event in the nation’s capital was more a dream than a reality. “It’s been quite a challenge, but this is going to be one great community event!” Said Pete Stirling of Waterman’s Applied Sciences, “[the local community] have been instrumental in pointing us the right direction and making this happen. In a lot of ways this is their race. I think once people see what happens this weekend there will be more events in DC. The people are amazing!” The PFH has already laid plans to return in 2012.
The D.C. event will be unique to the series in that it is also open to Outrigger Canoes, Kayaks and other paddle craft. “There is a strong paddling community in D.C. and we wanted to be sure to include all paddlers and to build the community” Said Stirling “Anytime we can all get together to benefit a cause its a good time.” Striling added that the iconic Washington Canoe Club provided copious local knowledge to help make the D.C. event a success.
Photo Left: Pete Stirling of Watermans announces the winners of the event and raffles off Watermans products.