The expedition is part of a joint effort by Paddle2Live™
The expedition, lead by Paddle2Live founder and cancer survivor Jack Marshall Shimko, will departed from Channel Islands National Park, Point Conception, CA, on August 10th they will paddle through the Channel Islands before reaching Newport Beach.
Shimko originally founded Paddle2Live (http://www.paddle2live.org), a non-profit cancer fundraiser, to raise money and awareness for advanced cancer research and treatment. “It’s great to be able to use my own survival to inspire young people to get out, to get active and to live their dreams.”
The teen members of The Junior Waterman Expedition are Jack Bark, 18; Sofia DeWolfe,17; Cory Fults,19; Bruce Schwartz, 18; Cora Wolfe,18; and Mikayla Hart, 17.
A welcome home celebration party will follow the arrival at The Newport Beach Sea Base, 1931 West Coast Highway at 3 P.M. in Newport Beach, and the public is invited to join the group for this festive and philanthropic night. For more information please visit www.paddle2live.org. Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/
“The generous support of Aloha Printing, AquaTech, Avante Garde Imports, Bark Paddleboards, Bear Flag Fish Company, Birns & Sawyer, Buoyweather, Canon, Clairmont Camera, Glaceau/Vitamin Water, Haute Cakes, Hurley, Kennedy/Marshall Company, Kovach Marketing, Maui Jim, Newport Aquatic Center, Newport Sea Base, Paddle Surf Warehouse, QuickBlade, Raw Elements, Riviera, San Clemente Website Design Smuggler, Smuggler, SUP Core have made this event possible,” Shimko noted.
In addition, volunteers, logistical support, gear, food, fuel and charitable donations are always welcomed. Online donations and product/gear donations will be accepted on www.newportaquaticcenter.com, please clearly add “Paddle2Live 2012” to the memo line of all checks.
About Newport Beach Aquatic Center (NAC)
The Newport Aquatic Center was founded in 1982 and built in 1987 as a non-profit corporation offering the public unique opportunities in the Olympic water sports of rowing, canoeing, kayaking and outrigger canoe competition. The NAC is a stand-alone non-profit organization (501 C 3) and is managed by a Board of Directors made up of NAC members. The Center is run by an Executive Director and staff, the trainers and instructors are some of the most qualified professionals in their area of expertise—former and current Olympians, decorated racers and acclaimed teachers, inspired to evoke the exhilaration of physical performance while maintaining a high standard of safety.