Thursday September 26th, 2013 is Day 1000 for Paddle for the Planet!

My name is Bob Purdy, I am the “Standup Paddle Surfing, Elder in Training” from “Paddle for the Planet”. I have been paddling my Standup Paddle Surfer every day since January1, 2011 to “Change the Way we live on the Planet”!

On September 26th I will reach a significant milestone and would like to invite you to join me as I celebrate 1,000 consecutive days of paddling! The paddle will take place at Cates Park in North Vancouver beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26th with an opening Ceremony. Following a short introduction I will dip the paddle in the water at 6 p.m. to begin our Day 1,000 journey from Cates Park to Deep Cove, a paddle of approximately 40 minutes. Paddlers from all disciplines are invited and encouraged to participate!

I have attached more info about “Paddle for the Planet” and you will see that I have been raising funds for the “David Suzuki Foundation” from the beginning. There have been many challenges in getting to Day 1,000, including weather of all kinds. I am often asked what the coldest day has been, and that would be Day 55 back in February of the first year. With a temperature of minus 28 including a 60 km/hr offshore wind, everything above water level froze instantly. I managed to paddle for about 20 minutes, and as I approached the shoreline I stepped off the board only to find that my booties had frozen to the deck of the board. It made for an interesting dismount!

I would also like to tell you about “World Paddle for the Planet” coming up in October. Last year I invited paddlers around the World to “pick a change” they wanted to see, then “paddle for that change” on June 16th, 2012, and finally, “commit to that change” until it became a reality. For my part, I paddled from Penticton to Vernon in the Okanagan Valley where I live, a distance of about 80 miles. For the second year, I am once again inviting paddlers around the World to paddle for change wherever they live, or join me at Lake Powell, Panama City Beach, Florida this October 12th where I will paddle for 24 hours to support all the paddles happening around the Globe. The paddlers that join me in Florida will partake in a 4 day festival from October 10-13, 2013, organized and hosted by Leslie Kolovich from the SUP Radio Show, to demonstrate changes that people can make. I have attached info about this paddle for you as well, along with a SUP bio of my paddling history.

Thank you for taking the time to take a look at these events coming up soon, I look forward to seeing you on Day 1,000 at Cates Park!…Bob Purdy, Standup Paddlesurfing, Elder in Training, “Paddle for the Planet”   250-215-0241

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