Ocean of Hope

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 $700,000 and we are still going strong! Read more about the history of O2H below…

To support our team members, click on

Support paddleboarders OR  Support outrigger team members

table and hats                 julia classic

Like us on Facebook! Ocean of Hope has a Facebook Page for information about our events and a Group so we can chat and connect!

THE TEAM: Thank you to the 2014 O2H co-captain:

Aimee Spector

Fred Sardisco

John Kucera

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The 2014 team includes:

Belah Ellis

Bernadette Foote

Bert Wells

Blake Stringer

Bob Schade

Brandi Baksic

Darren Del Monico

Dave Stringer

Gabe Shen

George Plsek

Greg Uruburu

Joel Pepper

Julia Garcia

Katie Hazelrigg

Katy Arnold

Kellie Lancaster

Kelly Brown

Lorie Vos

Marc Shen

Mikayla Hart

Natalie Foote

Phil Ambrose

Rob Rojas

Robert Phelps

Ryland Hart

Scott Gamble

Tyler Resh

Wally Buckingham 

Wayne Buckingham

Welcome to the team: the junior athletes from The Paddle Academy!

Join the team! Email teamoceanofhope@gmail.com

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classic team photo       shikiya and arthur


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VOLUNTEER: Would you like to volunteer? Volunteers are always needed to staff information tables and tents at our events. If you would like to volunteer, please email teamoceanofhope@gmail.com

HONOR A LOVED ONE: Would you like to honor a loved one?  Donations of $1,000 or more will help to honor someone who has or had sarcoma with an honor sticker on the paddleboard of a team member at one of our many team events or at the Catalina Classic, where O2H started.
Please send an email to Aimee Spector at teamoceanofhope@gmail.com and type Honor Sticker in the subject line.


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SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS: Thank you to E & B Natural Resources, Zinka Sunscreen, Kona Red, Onit Pro, PatagoniaGu Energy GelsLifefactory bottles, Coastal Eddie paddleboard accessories, Jol Design, Ken Pagliaro Photography and Fin Film Company.  Please support the companies that support O2H.
DONATE: Donate to our team athletes fundraising for the Sarcoma Alliance as members of Ocean of Hope!





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March 2
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

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April 19

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

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April 24-27
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.


June 16
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.



June 21
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/



July 27
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/

Support our women’s relay team racing Molo 2 Oahu. Every dollar they raise goes to The Sarcoma Alliance

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August 25
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

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September 7-8 
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 LancasterAimee Spector

Paddle for Humanity -Various Dates and Locations
Waterman’s Applied Science sponsors Paddle for Humanity, with races across the U.S.   http://paddleforhumanity.org/ The Sarcoma Alliance is proud that Waterman’s has chosen us as one of its charity partners. Paddlers register for the race and designateO2H as their favorite charity and we receive 20 percent registration fee. Net proceeds from the events also will be divided among the charity partners.

More information at: Paddle for Humanity

To support our team members, click on

Support paddleboarders OR  Support outrigger team members


Marc Shen

marc shenMarc Shen, 43
Lives in Treasure Island, Florida
Works at Main Street Studios & Films, military tactical consultant and technical advisor
Paddling beginnings: 2012 after Molo 2 Oahu SUP relay, then onto prone, after that he never looked back
Why he loves paddling: It feels natural, more like surfing and the paddleboard community is so welcoming
Favorite food: In N Out Double Double
Favorite thing to do outside of paddling: surf
What it means to be a member of O2H-EVERYTHING:  “My grandmother was the world to me, losing her was so devastating.  O2H gives me the ability to make a difference, I know she would want me to help others and I can’t think of a better way to do it.  I miss her every day and each mile I paddle I know someone else may not have to lose a loved one. ”
Biggest accomplishment: “Raising my son, watching him grow and love the ocean, love paddling and surfing and seeing him be the best little person. My son Gabriel Shen will be part of our relay team at Carolina Cup, he proudly wears his yellow O2H shirt Aimee gave to him.  I can’t wait to do the miles with him. ”


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.

On Facebook.com, you can join our Ocean of Hope or Sarcoma Alliance group.

About Sarcoma Alliance

The Sarcoma Alliance strives to improve the lives of people affected by sarcoma through accurate diagnosis, improved access to care, guidance, education and support.