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…
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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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DONATE TO THE ALLIANCE-PURCHASE O2H TEAM GEAR AND WE WILL MAIL IT TO YOU!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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MEET A TEAM MEMBER
Marc 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. ”
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.