Paddle 4 Cancer September 1, Oaks Park in Portlandia!

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The 2012 SUP / Paddle 4 Cancer will take place September 1 at Oaks Park in Portland, Oregon. Set in the heart of the city on the Willamette River, with stunning Mt. Hood as the backdrop, the 2012 Paddle 4 Cancer event is the first large-scale all paddle event in Portland. SUP, Prone, OC… all welcome!

Funds raised at Paddle 4 Cancer will benefit Athletes for Cancer’s Survivorship Program. Individuals can fundraise for the event and the cause and are not required to race or participate in actual event-day activities. This event is open to ALL levels of paddlers.  Anyone can DONATE NOW. Where the funds go.

Register for Events:

All athletes must register here to participate. Registration will be available the day of the event, but the registration fees will increase by $10 Thursday, August 30.

  • Individual Races: Beginner (1 mile), Short (3.5 miles), and Distance (About 7.5 miles) open to all paddling vessels — SUP, Prone, Kayak, OC 1
  • 4-Person Team Relay – Casual, but fun, fast-paced and very exciting!
  • Full Contact SUP Contest – One of the most fun & unique activities you’ll ever do on water!

Athletes can register for one, two, or all three events here.

What you get for your Registration…

$35 — Entry into 1 SUP Event, Event jersey
$55 — Entry into 2 SUP Events, Event jersey, lunch, & Athletes for Cancer Limited Edition Dakine Element Backpack
$75 — Entry into 3 SUP Events, Event jersey, lunch, & Athletes for Cancer Limited Edition Dakine Element Backpack
$75 Event Supporter: Want to support the event, take home some cool swag, but not race or get on the water? An Event Supporter receives the Event Jersey & Athletes for Cancer Dakine Backpack.

Other Events:

  • Kids’ Race (Ages 6-12) – $5   Register here
  • Beginner SUP Clinic (FREE)
  • Standup paddleboard & Paddle demos all day
  • Full Sail Beer Garden
  • Northwest Grub
  • BARK Custom SUP Board RAFFLE!

Where is Oaks Park?

Oaks Park is a private amusement park on the east side of the Willamette River, between the Ross Island and Sellwood Bridges. Here is a map of it’s location within Portland. Once you get on Oaks Park Drive, here is a map to the event site.

Fundraise & Send someone to camp!

You can also fundraise prior to Paddle for Cancer to help raise money for Athletes for Cancer’s Koru Survivorship Program and send someone deeply impacted by cancer to camp. Fundraising rewards top fundraisers with prizes such as SUP paddles, standup paddleboards, and more!!  Create your fundraising page here.

Raffle: Win a BARK 12’6″ Custom Race Standup Paddleboard!

Bark makes the most beautiful standup paddle race boards on the planet. If you are so lucky to paddle one under your feet you know what a treat it is. Joe Bark has hand-shaped and donated one of these beauties to Paddle 4 Cancer for our Bark RAFFLE Winner! This board is perfect for the first-time or experienced paddler looking to get into faster paddling for fitness, personal enjoyment or competition!

Raffle tickets are ON SALE NOW here!


If you can’t participate or fundraise, please consider making a donation here. Thank you for your generosity and support! Here’s what your donation benefits.

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2011 SUP 4 Cancer Results & Photos

Be sure to check out the full release and even more photos on the Tenacity Games website.

Endurance Race Results

Elite Class Women’s (12’6″ Class)
– 1st Kerry Stuart 1:41:39
– 2nd Elizabeth Shloka 1:46:40
– 3rd Victoria Hopkins 1:49:18

Elite Men (12’6″)
– 1st Doug Hopkins 1:34:35
– 2nd John Shloka 1:53:00
– 3rd Dustin Fletcher 2:07:30

Elite Men (14′ Class)
– 1st Sarial  Burguiene 1:27:35
– 2nd Matt Spencer 1:28:05
– 3rd Rod Parmenter 1:29:00

Women’s Recreation Class (12’6 class)
– 1st Sofia Dewolfe 1:57:19
– 2nd Alison Fromm 2:01:34
– 3rd Stacey  Casselberry 2:04:00

Men’s Recreation Class (12’6)
– 1st Jeff Castleberry 1:51:30
– 2nd Karl Gustafson 2:29:00

Recreation Class (14′)
– 1st Ben Browdner 1:34:36

Course Race Elite Men’s 12’6″

1. Cyril Burguiene 1:00:53
2. Paul Willerton 1:05:02
3. Jon Davies 1:05:05

Course Race Elite Men’s 14′

1. TJ Gulizia 1:03:02
2. Dino Andereggen 1:11:18
3. Rafael Kolic 1:19:48

Course Race Elite Women

1. Kerri Stewart 1:12:54
2. Maria Randle 1:17:28
3. Victoria Hopkins 1:17:31

Course Race Recreational Men

1. Ben Grodner 1:06:48

Course Race Recreational Women

1. Alyson Fromm 1:18:31
2. Fiona Wylde 1:23:25
3. Sofia Dewolfe 1:23:52

Team Relay Race

1. BNG Team 13:13.195
2. Big Winds Team #1, 13:33.085
3. Big Winds Team #2, 14:23.835

Kids 8-12 Race

1. Jon Michael Harmon
2. Wyatt Foley
3. Mateo Maciel

Full Contact SUP Contest

1. Nicholas Curry
2. Aaron Sales
3. Jon Michael Harmon

Images by Richard Hallman,, Jennifer Reinhardt

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SUP 4 Cancer UPDATE!

Just a quick update on Friday’s race… We are ON for the big 8-mile SUP Endurance Race! The forecast looks fabulous — wind at our backs and warm, sunny skies! If, for some reason, the wind does not blow, we have a great Plan B for the Endurance Race. Come paddle the Columbia River amidst waterfalls, bald eagles, and snow-capped peaks. It is truly one of the most beautiful settings in the Northwest.

There has been an update to the SUP classes…

The classes are, for the SUP Endurance Race:

  • 12’6″ and under – ELITE Men
  • 12’6″ and under – ELITE Women
  • 12’6″ and under – RECREATIONAL Men
  • 12’6″ and under – RECREATIONAL Women
  • 14′ and under – ELITE Men
  • 14′ and under – ELITE Women
  • 14′ and under – RECREATIONAL Men
  • 14′ and under – RECREATIONAL Women
There was a typo that read “14′ and longer”.  
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Can’t be here for SUP4C? Support SUP4C in the Raffle… Win a Starboard 14’8″ Point Board from the comfort of your chair

You can buy SUP 4 Cancer Raffle tickets right here.

We have an amazing list of items on the SUP Raffle including….

Starboard 14’8″ Point SUP Board – Value $2700

Here’s a description of Starboard’s Point Board:

  • The 14’8″ Point is developed by renowned designer Mark Raaphorst for performance ocean paddling.
  • The Point has proven to be a favorite, especially designed for Downwind paddling.
  • The state of the art scooped out deck which feeds into a double concave deck massively increases the balance at the same time as it makes the board more rigid for extra speed.
  • The sleek 14’8″ has enough nose rocker to work very well even in large ocean swell and is especially targeting downwind paddling.
  • The 14kg/m3 light density EPS foam is laminated with 160 grams Carbon epoxy matrix covered by a 0.6 mm thin layer of unidirectional Australian pine wood.
  • The optional steering system allows one to paddle effortlessly with side wind and eliminates paddle strokes for direction correction.

Naish Carbon/Kevlar SUP Paddle – Value $379

Kole Gear Pressurized Hydration Waterpack – Value $89

Raffle takes place around 3:30 pm on Saturday, July 9th,  immediately after the Team Relay Awards at the SUP 4 Cancer event at Hood River’s Waterfront Park. But… the best part is that you do not need to be present to win!!

If you are not present to win, you must pay for any shipping of winning items including boards or paddles.

Buy your SUP 4 Cancer Raffle Tickets here.

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This is what SUP 4 Cancer fundraises for.

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SUPLOVE Donates a beautiful 10’0″ Odyssey board for the SUP4C TOP FUNDRAISER!

The top fundraiser for SUP 4 Cancer will win a new SUP Board & Carbon Paddle, courtesy of SUPLOVE! If you haven’t registered yet as an athlete or a fundraiser, do it now! Reach out to friends and family and start fundraising so you can be in the running for this board!

We got to know the people at SUPLOVE at Battle of the Paddle in Hawaii while promoting Athletes for Cancer during the event. SUPLOVE put on a fundraiser at the Moana Surfrider on Saturday night for our event partner the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. They are wonderful, generous people, and truly believe in the impact of our survivorship program.

Not only do they support great causes like ours, but they connect with the everyday rider just learning or progressing or trying something new.   They are all about SUP for everyone, not just the elite riders or the pros. Her’s Stuart from SUPLove showing off the John Wayne SUP Board auctioned off at the SUP Love – Team Duke fundraiser in Waikiki.

How to Fundraise 101

This can be difficult for some, but when it’s for a program has impact that people can see,  you’ll find that many people will support your efforts.  100% of the funds raised through your efforts benefit this program.  If you don’t know how to reach out and ask people to help you fundraise, that’s ok! Here are some tools…

1. A video showcasing what the funds benefit: Our Survivorship Program.

2. A breakdown of what any donation amount can pay for at survivorship camp.

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A4C / Team Duke Camp 1. Surfing, paddling and finding balance, confidence, and fun in the ocean.

Participants in the first Athletes for Cancer / Team Duke Surf & SUP Survivorship Camp paddled their surfboards and SUP boards into a surfer’s circle outside the break zone in calm waters on Maui’s southshore. The incoming swell rolled in, gently lifting the group, connected by paddles and hands stretched across each other’s boards. The circle kicked off the beginning of their coast run, a 3.2 mile journey through flatwater, reef, and waves that completes their 5-day intensive introduction to surfing and standup paddling.

The nine participants ranged in ages from 21-40, having battled cancers with names that are too painful to pronounce: Medulloblastoma, Retnoblastoma, and Papillary Thyroid Carcenoma. All combined, they survived 24 surgeries. On this day they were paddling into waves as if their lives depended on it.

Athletes for Cancer kicked off its Survivorship Program in Maui last week with the first ever Surf & SUP Camp for young adult cancer survivors. With the generous support of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Athletes for Cancer launched the camps as a channel to foster self-confidence and strengthen survivorship for young adults as they face life after cancer.

Athletes for Cancer designed the camp to present cancer survivors with challenges that each individual chooses to embrace with support and motivation from staff and their peers. Experienced instructors from Action Sports Maui provided athlete survivors with a solid foundation of surf and ocean safety fundamentals with daily focal points and exercises, but also allowed them the freedom to explore and learn on their own.

Day 1

The atmosphere on day 1 of camp was one of intimidation and awkwardness. The skies were gray, as were the faces of our athlete survivors as they stood on the beach staring at the longboards at their feet. Unsure of the ocean, their confidence, and personal limits, survivors took small, hesitant steps as they attempted to simply lay or sit on a board in the water for the first time. Standing on a surfboard or a SUP board was an achievement on the first day. Despite the cautious aura, some started paddling into waves.

Day 2

Day 2 started with a unique and special experience to further get comfortable in the ocean, but also to work together in a team setting — Outrigger canoeing on the Northshore of Maui.  The local paddlers at Lae’ula O Kai Canoe Club at Kanaha Beach Park were our expert guides. As the early morning light graced the colorful hulls of the canoes awaiting us, local keiki performing a traditional ceremony and songs. Our entire group stood speechless and in awe of the incredible setting.

Apparently this was not an ideal morning for canoeing according to our guides — the wind was strong and waves were building. Despite slight apprehension from some, everyone was willing to give it a go! This was an incredible step in facing our fears — even staff were anxious! After a brief paddling and safety talk, we broke into teams of six and pushed the canoes in the water.  We paddled in unison, following our lead paddler with alternating strokes. Each boat caught small waves. The experience was amazing and everyone made it back to the beach!

Day 3

On day three, the atmosphere changed dramatically with clear sunny skies and an eagerness to get into the water. We started the day with a yoga warm-up and stretch on the beach, then a fun surf session for all. Instructors and athlete survivors did tandem rides, paddle-assisted solo rides, and even some yoga moves on the boards. The objective for the day was simply to spend casual fun time in the water without too much instruction.

Day 4

On day four, an attitude and behavioral shift was very evident! That intimidation and fear from day one had started to fade, giving way to confidence and enthusiasm. Action Sports Maui introduced timing, positioning and turning techniques for surfing and standup paddling. Survivors did a short SUP run down and around a buoy for their first distance paddle. The day finished off with more surfing, with a focus on turning on the wave. Here, one of our participants, Rocky, paddles into a wave and starts her turns!

Day 5 – Achievement Day

The idea of paddling 3.2 miles in the ocean does not immediately bring comfort to any paddler. Some of the athlete survivors are excited, and others anxious. As we paddle out and form into our surfer’s circle, athletes are reminded that they survived cancer. Their journey with the ocean this week is about embracing challenge, transcending fear, and achieving growth and harmony along the way.  And most of all, to enjoy the ride! Survivors and staff paddled the 3.2 miles, escorted by sea turtles and riding waves along the way. Everyone finished at Kalama Park with smiles and celebration! Watching the transformation from fear and hesitance on day 1 to confidence and empowerment on the last day was astounding.

Why we chose Hawaii

Athletes for Cancer chose Maui for its first Surf & SUP camp for its comforting warm waters and varied beginner terrain – the perfect setting for beginners facing fears of the ocean and learning to surf. The waters of Hawaii also offer relaxation and therapeutic benefits for survivors, as affirmed by one of the athlete survivors:

“My wrist and ankle joints were affected badly from the chemo – They stiffen up in cold water limiting my movement and making range of motion impossible. I could not have attended this camp in the cold waters of Washington, California or Oregon!”

A word from a survivor

“I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing week. The opportunity of a lifetime that completely transformed my outlook. I had an interview today for an internship and sitting there it hit me how much Athletes for Cancer and the Maui camp changed my life. I was able to tell them about the amazing experience and how excited I was to be able to help people as well.”

Next Camps

Athletes for Cancer is hosting its second Team Duke Survivorship Camp in Hood River Oregon August 17-23. We also added another Surf & SUP Camp in Maui October 20-26. Survivors can apply on our website or directly at

Tenacity Games

Athletes for Cancer hosts its annual fundraiser July 8-10, 2011 with Kiteboarding 4 Cancer and SUP 4 Cancer presented by Team Duke! Additional events include Skate 4 Cancer and Kayak 4 Cancer. This annual weekend of adventure raises money for Athletes for Cancer survivorship camps and our partner cancer programs including the Pacific Cancer Foundation, The Next Door Inc. and Children’s Hospital Seattle. For more information, go to our website .

Athletes for Cancer would like to thank the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and Team Dukefor their ongoing inspiration, support, and enthusiasm in helping make the Athletes for Cancer Team Duke camps a reality.

HUGE thank you to everyone else who made this camp possible, adding so much to the campers’ experience…

Our photographers Tobin DailySuzie Dorn from Action Sports, and Peter McGowan! The Pacific Cancer Foundation and Paddle for Life , Lae ‘Ula O Kai , Action Sports MauiNaish SUP & Naish Pro CenterJimmy LewisHui O Wa’a Kaulua and the beautiful tour of Mo’okiha O Pi’ilaniBuff HeadwearVANSMaui WaveridersSuzie Trains MauiHawaiian Airlines and Oregon Screen Impressions.

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