The Ocean of Hope Team consists of paddlers and ocean enthusiasts who dedicate their training and racing to raising awareness and funds for the Sarcoma Alliance. O2H began with one paddle boarder in 1999 and has grown to include paddling events, prone and SUP paddleboarders, outrigger paddling teams, and other athletes who dedicate their own personal challenge or event to help those that are fighting cancer. O2H is “dedicated to the sea of people affected by cancer”. We are proud that O2H remains a grassroots fundraising organization that exists solely to raise money for the Sarcoma Alliance; and we are proud of what we have accomplished. Since 1999, O2H has raised almost $800,000 and we are still going strong! Read more about the history of O2H below…
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THE TEAM: Thank you to the 2014 O2H co-captain:
The 2014 team includes:
Welcome to the team: the junior athletes from The Paddle Academy!
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THE 2014 SCHEDULE
The Cold Hands Paddle — Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, CA
What started as a friendly competition between two lifeguards in the cold waters off Cabrillo Beach has turned into a yearly race that brings paddleboards, SUPs, outrigger canoes, kayaks and surf skis together to compete in a 4-mile course around the breakwall. The event is free, parking is $7. Ocean of Hope team members will have a table at registration where you can buy raffle tickets, T-shirts and gear. All proceeds will go to Hand in Hand: The Suzanne Renée Leider Memorial Assistance Fund, which helps sarcoma patients get a second opinion from an expert.
Volunteers will start setting up the table at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8:30 a.m. There will be food and drink before the race as well as afterward at a reception between 10-11 a.m. The winner of the surfboard raffle will be announced.
Registration and Information about Cold Hands Paddle
Paddle Planet Fundraiser and Raffle
Join Ocean of Hope team athletes, paddlers, supporters, friends and family at Paddle Planet, one of the premier SUP shops in north San Diego county, CA for an afternoon of food, wine, mingling and O2H support. The event will feature:
- a brand new SUP raffle prize
- music by Southern California musical artist Kapali Long
- photography by Michael Teague, sarcoma cancer survivor
Pre-sale tickets are $20 and includes food, wine and 2 raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the event.
$25 at the door.
To buy tickets or to donate: Ocean of Hope/Paddle Planet Event
Carolina Cup- Wrightsville Beach, NC
The 2014 Carolina Cup kicks off the race season with 4 courses: a kids race, the Harbor Island Recreational “fun” race, an Money Island open race and the dreaded Graveyard Elite Race. This is our forth year. In 2012, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers competing in the first day of races. In 2013, we had over 600. We’re also planning a number of really fun events that will make this a true stand up paddle destination event.
Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard Race — Catalina Island to Cabrillo Beach
Rock 2 Rock is a challenging and fun 22-mile course starting from the Isthmus on Catalina Island and finishing at Cabrillo State Beach, San Pedro. The race, started many years ago by famed paddleboard shaper Joe Bark, continues under the leadership of George Loren. It is a qualifier for the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Marathon. You can race solo or in a team, traditional or stand-up. $5 from every competitor’s race fee will be donated to the Sarcoma Alliance. Awesome goodie bags, pre- and post-race meals, a great finish line venue — all good reasons to come to the race. The raffle winner of the Joe Bark paddleboard will be announced. www.rock2rockrace.com.
2014 Surftech Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race — Capitola, CA
The Jay Race honors legendary waterman Jay Moriarity. O2H will have a tent at the start / finish line, and the team is excited to be a part of this northern California paddleboard event. More information at http://jayrace.surftech.com/
Moloka’i 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships
Both stand-up and traditional paddleboarding champions from around the world will gather in Hawaii to test their athletic ability in the most iconic event in the paddling community. The 32-mile crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel connects the islands of Moloka’i and Oahu. More than 2,300 feet deep, the channel creates a funnel effect that shoots billions of gallons of seawater between the islands each hour. Combine that with trade winds, and the seas can range from 8 to 15 feet on an average day and upwards of 20 feet on an extreme day. The Ocean of Hope will have competitors in the race, as well as an information tent in Honolulu. http://www.molokai2oahu.com/
The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Marathon — Manhattan Beach, CA
O2H began at the Classic, with one paddler racing in honor of Sarcoma Alliance founder Suzanne Leider. Since 1999, scores of athletes have paddled the grueling 32 miles from Catalina Island to Manhattan Beach. People who raise $1,000 for the Alliance can have their names, or the name of a loved one, on a paddleboard. Go to Active.com to donate. O2H will have tents with food, drink, merchandise and raffle tickets for sale on Manhattan Beach. Come out and support our team! http://catalinaclassicpaddleboardrace.org
U.S. Outrigger Championships — Newport Beach to Avalon, Catalina Island
First held in 1959, the Catalina race is the ultimate outrigger canoe race in California. Teams from all over the state, plus Canada, Hawaii, Guam and Japan, come to compete in the two-day event. Women, junior and coed teams race from Newport Beach to Avalon on Saturday, and men and master coed teams race back on Sunday. Ocean of Hope team members from Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club raise money through their own fundraising pages each year. To support the outrigger team click go directly to a team member: Katy Arnold, Kellie Lancaster, Aimee Spector
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MEET A TEAM MEMBER: MATT BECKER
Lives in Santa Barbara
Works on the ocean, either out on his dad’s fishing boat or on a paddleboard
Paddling beginnings… “ I started paddling about 5 years ago because it’s really fun…”
Favorite food: “Fish. And lots of it.”
Favorite things to do outside of paddling are snowboarding and jiu jitsu
Biggest accomplishment so far is surfing Mavericks.
What it means to be a member of O2H: “I’m honored to be a part of a team whose sole purpose is to help people afflicted with cancer.”
OCRegister Article About Scott Lincoln, R2R and Ocean of Hope
Newport Paddler Sets for Race
Published: June 11, 2014
There’s something about prone paddling that lets Scott Lincoln become one with the ocean.
Perhaps it’s because he’s closer to the ocean, his body crouched down while sitting on his shins, arms digging into the ocean in sync to gain speed. The music pumping into his ears from his mini-Ipod lets him stay focused – but always about half hour from shore he turns it off, just so he can hear the sound of the ocean.
“Being alone is pretty cool out there,” he said.
Long before stand-up paddleboards hit the scene, the prone paddleboards were the way long-distance ocean athletes navigated the waterways. Lincoln is no stranger to the sport, and is coming up on his 18th Rock 2 Rock race Saturday.
The 22-mile race will start on Catalina Island, where about 80 racers will line up and dart out into the Pacific, navigating around moored boats and making their way to where land is no longer visible. The race goes from Isthmus on Catalina Island and finishes at Cabrillo State Beach in San Pedro.
Lincoln first did the race in 1997, a year after doing the longer 32-mile race from Catalina to Manhattan Beach, called the Catalina Classic. While he stopped doing that race a few years ago, he continued to sign up for the Rock 2 Rock.
“I like the distance, I’ve had good results,” he said. “I’ve been healthy enough to do each one.”
In the months leading up to the race, Lincoln can be found at sunrise at the Newport Aquatics Center with others making their way through the Back Bay while much of the world still sleeps.
Many others have switched over to stand-up paddleboarding, but not Lincoln.
“I enjoy paddling canoes here. But that’s the only time I want to have a paddle in my hand,” he said. “There are guys who do stand-up who are amazing at it. I’m not one of them.”
On the prone paddles, like stand-ups, athletes look for wind and swell to create bumps in the water, so they can surf in the ocean.
“Everybody gets in the zone,” he said. “Everyone’s spread out. You can go a long way and not see people. You might spread out a mile, even farther.”
He has his strict diet on the water: a mix of Pedialyte and water, Cliff Bar gel shots, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut up in quarters. On his Ipod, he has a mix of Led Zeppelin, Jack Johnson and for when he really wants to get pumped up, Kid Rock blares through his earphones.
He even won the event one year, but laughs and says it was probably the “least exciting year,” because only about 15 guys showed up. He was neck and neck with another guy.
“I think I won because the other guy got hypothermia, and they had to put him in the boat,” he said.
To help motivate him, the event is attached to a great cause – The Ocean of Hope benefiting the Sarcoma Alliance. The nonprofit raises money and awareness to combat cancer that develops in the connective tissue of the body. The Ocean of Hope has a strong presence at many paddle along the coast. The nonprofit gets $5 from every competitor’s race fee donated to its cause. Since the group started in 1999, about $800,000 has been raised.
“It seems like it’s growing every year,” he said.
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HISTORY OF O2H
The Ocean of Hope is the largest annual fundraising campaign for the Sarcoma Alliance. 2014 marks the 15th year anniversary of the Ocean of Hope (O2H). It has been a fantastic journey! In that time, O2H has raised over $600,000 in support of sarcoma cancer patients and their families.
The Ocean of Hope started as a single event, intertwined with the historic Catalina Classic paddleboard marathon every August between Catalina Island and Manhattan Beach. Ten years later, O2H is comprised of not only paddleboard racers but outrigger, and stand up paddlers racing in open ocean events throughout the year.
Team O2H is made of a dedicated group of athletes who commit themselves to support the Sarcoma Alliance and the thousands of sarcoma patients and their families that rely on it. The goal is to raise awareness and funds for the Sarcoma Alliance so that it can continue provide guidance, education, and support to the sarcoma cancer community.