Bob Purdy – legendary paddle activist passes away at 64

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Bob Purdy is a legend.  He paddled because he could.  He paddled because he loved it.  And, he used the voice of stand up paddling to send a message about how we are living on this planet.

Purdy’s legacy includes both a film, “The Paddler” (see video trailer below)  and a celebration, World Paddle for the Planet.  Before he ailed and left us, he once paddled for 2,100 consecutive days in Tofino, BC as his own personal Paddle for the Planet challenge.  He was a living example of how we can exemplify our love & passion for #StandupfortheEnvironment.   Bob Purdy’s legacy lives on.  It is up to us to carry the message.

Bob Purdy:  Paddler & Activist passed away, leaving behind a legacy to live up to

Bob Purdy was a local legend in the Kenowla region of British Columbia.  He was often seen with a great smile and a paddleboard, working his way along the shores of Okanagan Lake.

Bob passed away last week of cancer at the age of 64.

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Bob Purdy completes his own World Paddle for the Planet challenge after 2.100 days of paddling. Photo: World Paddle for the Planet

Bob Purdy founded the Paddle for Planet Movement and World Paddle for the Planet Day.  He activated his passion for stand up paddling as a way to bring awareness and attention to the need for clean water protection.

Since its beginning, World Paddle for the Planet events have taken place in Canada, United States, Europe, Australia, South Korea and Abu Dhabi.  In 2012, Purdy paddled the entire 135 KM length of Lake Okanagan as part of his awareness raising efforts.  He completed his own Paddle for the Planet 2,100 day challenge in Tofino of September of 2016.

Bob Purdy, local legend and paddler for the environment, passes away at 64  Photo: So Wal/ World Paddle for the Planet

A memorial paddle out and group gathering took place last Saturday in Kelowna, BC to remember this great man and activist.

We are proud paddlers to have such inspiring human beings in our midst.  Please, paddle ON!




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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.