If you don’t have plans next weekend and want to be part of a fun event that also helps out a good cause, check out the 2012 Standup for the Cure event at the Newport Dunes on Saturday, May 5.
Funds raised will support the OC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with every $125 raised enabling a mammogram. The event is $35 and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the clinic targeting the Guinness World Record of the largest Stand Up Paddleboard lesson with 250 or more participants starting at 9:45 a.m.
Whatever your level – from novice to expert – the event promises something for everyone. The event aims to set a world Record with a Standup Paddleboard clinic led by world-class Standup for the Cure ambassadors including Zane Schweitzer, Matt Hughes, Brendon Light, Jayson Campbell and Daniel Hughes.
The Newport Dunes is visible from Pacific Coast Highway and the paddling course will wind its way through the scenic harbor. “We chose Newport Dunes for the visual ‘pink’ impact we can make. Nothing draws your attention like hundreds of paddlers wearing pink,” said Mike Muir from presenting sponsor Riviera Paddlesurf.
After participants paddle through the course, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will provide lunch. A happy hour by Kona Brewing Company will have live music by Crimson Crowbar. A showing of “Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story” will round out the late afternoon. Riviera Paddlesurf, Yolo Board, Rogue SUP, Starboard and others will supply loaner boards and demos for new paddlers.
“Standup for the Cure’s May 5 event is an opportunity for families, friends and survivors to raise money and ultimately save lives by doing something they love. This is a great opportunity to learn how to paddle a Standup Paddleboard and meet the pros that are leading this new revolution,” commented event director Dan Van Dyck, whose mother is a 38-year breast cancer survivor.