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 $800,000 and we are still going strong! Read more about the history of O2H and supporter our team…

Help our team fundraise!

O2H Team Captain, Aimee Spector


 The 2017 team includes:

 Abby Hatch, Bernadette Foote, Bob Schade, Charlie Banfield, Dave Ginsburg, Dean Burke, Julia Jones, Kristin Thomas, Lindy Brownsberger, Loraine Gruber, Mark Miyamoto, Mike Barrows and East Coast Lifeguard Team, Mike Miller, Sam Lucas, Veronica Wold, Wade Williford, Wally Buckingham , Wayne Buckingham, Yvonne Chavez

Join the team! Email teamoceanofhope@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook! Join us on our Facebook page

and the Ocean of Hope Group

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March 5 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 Leider Memorial Assistance Fund, which helps sarcoma patients get a second opinion from an expert. Win a Bark Paddleboard! Tickets are $5. Sign in and registration at 7 a.m., and race start 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 Bark Paddleboard raffle will be announced.
Registration and Information about Cold Hands Paddle



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THANK YOU to our sponsor GO MACRO for supporting O2H and all the athletes at The Carolina Cup!


June 17 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. Watch for several team members competing for top honors. Registration and Information about The Jay Race



June 18 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 Ocean of Hope on behalf of The Sarcoma Alliance. Awesome goodie bags, pre- and post-race meals, a great finish line venue — all good reasons to come to the race. www.rock2rockrace.com.

Read about The Rock 2 Rock

Thank you to our R2R race sponsors GoMacro and KonaRed for supporting our athletes!


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July 30 Moloka’i 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships – Oahu, HI

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/


August 27 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 $1,500 for the Alliance can have their names, or the name of a loved one, on a paddleboard.  O2H will have tents with food, drink, merchandise and raffle tickets for sale on Manhattan Beach. The winner of the Bark Paddleboard will be announced. Come out and support our team! Registration and Information about The Catalina Classic

Thank you to our team sponsors!

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September 9-10 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, and the women’s team has dominated the field for the past six years. Support the team!


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


DONATE: Donate to our team athletes fundraising for the Sarcoma Alliance as members of Ocean of Hope!


HONOR A LOVED ONE: Would you like to honor a loved one?  Donations of $1,500 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 GoMacro, Onit Pro, Patagonia  Coastal Eddie paddleboard accessories, Ken Pagliaro Photography and Fin Film Company.  Please support the companies that support O2H.




The Ocean of Hope is the largest annual fundraising campaign for the Sarcoma Alliance. 2015 marks the 16th year anniversary of the Ocean of Hope (O2H). It has been a fantastic journey! In that time, O2H has raised over $800,000 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. Years later, O2H is comprised of not only paddleboarders but also outrigger paddlers 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.

Please join our Ocean of Hope or Sarcoma Alliance Facebook group. We are also on Instagram @oceanofhope_  #oceanofhope

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.