Imagine looking out your window and seeing world-renowned watermen Gerry Lopez, Joel Tudor, and Darrick Doerner paddling down the Hudson...standing up. On Monday, August 13th, this image became a reality in order to raise awareness and benefit autistic children.
Organized by the Surfers Environmental Alliance (SEA), the paddle around the island of Manhattan is an invitation-only, 28-mile paddle that will include between 30-40 participants. Participants stood-up paddleboards and traditional surfboards, paddling the route either individually or as relay teams. All proceeds benefit Autism Awareness and SEA.
"SEA Paddle NYC creates awareness of our organization?s fight to preserve our coastal waterways, while raising money for a condition that is more prevalent in New Jersey than any other state," said Andrew Mencinsky, Executive Director of SEA. He continued, "Surfing and being in the ocean has also proven to provide autistic kids a rare sense of calm and tranquility. This event is a win-win for everyone involved."
SEA Paddle NYC is the brainchild of Mr Mencinsky and Darrick Doerner, big-wave waterman, founder of dd-sea.com and SEA board member. The event also featured other world-renowned surfers including Hawaiian legend Gerry Lopez and longboarding icon Joel Tudor, both of whom will paddled alongside Darrick, Andrew and many other participants. The paddle began at the East River off of South Street Seaport at approximately 8:30am and continued north, into the Harlem River then down the Hudson River, ending at The North Cove Marina in Battery Park City ending around 2pm.
For more information regarding sponsorship, donations or other participation in SEA Paddle NYC, visit seapaddlenyc.org.
Photos by: ANDREW BRUSSO