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Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting Victims Memorialized In South Florida Paddle-out
Thousand come to Deerfield Pier and Hundreds Paddle Out in the Water to those lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas
"Yesterday was an unbelievable moment and we feel so blessed to have been able to offer that tradition to our community." –Linsey Cottrell, Owner, Island Water Sports
History of Surfer's Memorial Paddle Outs -A paddle-out is a time-honored Hawaiian tradition. Participants enter the water on surfboards or paddleboards. They link hands to form a circle. Once in this circle, those gathered will often take turns speaking one or two things about those that have passed. The hope is to share how their legacy still remains within the lives of those that are able to continue back onshore. Traditionally, each time someone shares in this circle, it is followed by cheers and splashing from the others in celebration of the memory and lasting impact made by the one or ones we have lost.
"It is a traditional Hawaiian thought that, just as every raindrop that falls on land eventually makes it back to the ocean, every person that walks on land eventually goes back into the sea."
Traditionally the circle represents the way in which the ocean brings people together. For so many, especially surfers, a day in the water is often a coping mechanism. The hope is that the water provides ways to heal for all that attend.
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Linsey Cottrell, Owner