Summer of SUP~Lake Erie Sunset SUP

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Last month, I was visiting family in Ohio and was lucky enough to get a sweet sunset sup session with my nephew Jack. It was really fun teaching him proper paddle technique and sup safety.   Living in the mountains I miss the full horizon sunsets. Special thanks to Vito at West River Water sports for the Bic SUP’s.  Enjoy these images from Vermilion, Ohio.

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Lake Erie SUP Crossing Trip Report

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On August 15th, 2013 I was proud to make the first stand up paddle crossing of Western Lake Erie.  I paddled 35 miles in 12 hours.  My route was from Bay Point, OH to Point Pelee,Canada.  I was blessed with great weather with temps in the low 70′s and a warm lake temp of 70 degrees.   Another blessing was the great boat support crew of my girlfiend Jaime, Captain Stacy Acker and her friend Cherl.

I was proud to do this paddle for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  Thanks to everyone for the generous support.  So far I have raised over $2400. Feel free to give a few bucks at www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/654397/2013

I joined Canadians Tom Comet and Jonah Logan as the only ones to cross Lake Erie on SUP’s.  Last fall they paddled 33 miles across eastern Lake Erie from Long Point, Ontario to Erie PA.

This paddle boarding journey benefit would not be possible without the following sponsors: Avex, Glide, Beyond Coastal Sun Care, Zenergy at Thundersprings Spa and Club, Mammut, Chums, Smith Optics and the Cleveland Coffee Company.

Enjoy these images by Jaime Rivetts.

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New Route for Lake Erie Crossing

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Well, the time is here!  It looks like the weather is going to break and I’ll be paddling tomorrow!  The winds will be shifting to the south so I’ll leaving from Marblehead Island to Leamington, Canada.  This route will be 30+ miles of open water travel and the 1st crossing of western Lake Erie on a stand up paddle board.

Please support me as I’m raising money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund lifesaving childhood cancer research. Check out my page and make a donation today!

www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/654397/2013

Big Lake Paddle Quest

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August 8, 2013, Sun Valley, ID—Mountain Niceness Productions presents the debut of the Big Lake Paddle Quest to benefit Wood River MS Walk, St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Camp Rainbow Gold.

Support Danny Walton as he will attempt a trio of accomplishments paddle boarding the Sawtooth Lakes, Canada to Cleveland crossing of Lake Erie and Lake Tahoe while benefiting and raising awareness for three great causes. The paddleboard events will take place throughout the month of August.

“It’s a series of three stand-up paddle board events that will take place to raise funds and awareness,” said Danny Walton, founder of Mountain Niceness Productions. “Crossing Western Lake Erie from Canada to Cleveland, 30-miles, has never be done on a paddleboard.”

Walton has fallen in love with stand-up paddle boarding, which is no surprise since he is an athlete and professional skier. He will circumnavigate the Sawtooth Lakes—Alturas, Pettit, Redfish and Stanley Lakes—at a total of 22-miles as well as 77-miles around Lake Tahoe.

“I wanted an opportunity to give back to great organizations and help to raise funds for them,” he said. “I love the challenge of these adventures because it’s a new sport.”

Paddle boarding is a sport that can be enjoyed at every level of experience and in all types of water environments, which is another reason Walton would like to promote the sport along with the causes who he wants support. Walton is a pro skier, adventurer and paddle boarder who travels the west via a VW van spreading the mountain niceness and throwing world class mountain town events.

“This is my good will,” Walton said. “I have been lucky to do all the things I love to do, which includes skiing and mountain climbing, and I want to give back.”

Walton’s epic paddle boarding journey benefit would not be possible without the following sponsors: Avex, Glide, Beyond Coastal Sun Care, Zenergy at Thundersprings Spa and Club, Mammut, Chums, Smith Optics and the Cleveland Coffee Company.

For more details on the event and to donate, visit www.mountainniceness.com or for more information on the beneficiaries, visit Wood River MS Walk at www.nationalmssociety.org, St. Baldrick’s Foundation www.stbaldricks.org and Camp Rainbow Gold www.camprainbowgold.org.

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