Crossing for a Cure, Bimini to Lake Worth, Florida: 80 Miles of Heart

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The Crossing For A Cure is a long-distance endurance paddle challenge and international championship race taking paddlers 80 miles across the Gulf Stream, from Bimini in the Bahamas to Lake Worth Beach on the Florida mainland.

Crossing for a Cure Bimini Florida stand up paddle

Crossing for a Cure: 80 Miles for families struggling with Cystic Fibrosis

The event was inspired by incredible health benefits that a salt water environment can provide for those living with cystic fibrosis, a terminal lung disease. Event Organizer Travis Suit’s daughter Piper was diagnosed with CF when she was four years old.

BOLD in the Face of Fear

This 80-mile open water crossing is a great undertaking for everyone involved and pushes paddlers to the outer limits of endurance. The purpose is to show how much love can do.

When the body fatigues and the mind wants to quit, the power of your ‘why’ is what pushes you through. Pipers Angels, the paddlers who push themselves for this great cause, utilize reserves of energy they didn’t know they had as well as taking support from the community on the water in order to complete an incredible journey.

Categories include:
SUP (12’6, 14′ & unlimited)
Surf ski,
Prone paddleboards,
OC-1,
OC-6,
Kayak, and
2-person dory

Each of the above divisions are available to solo competitors as well as team relays. Each paddler is expected to raise a minimum of $1,500 for Piper’s Foundation, the non-profit set up by Travis Suit to support the families in the CF community.

Do you have what it takes?

Join Crossing for a Cure – as a competitive or recreational paddler or rower, a sponsor, a “virtual paddler” or a volunteer – from launch to landing. Every bit of effort is celebrated, appreciated and given back in the form of community. Rumor has it, once you’ve participated in this event, there’s no going back. You’ll be on hand on the beach at 1AM every single year.

Crossing for a Cure event organizers are also seeking support boats and Captains. Becoming part of the Crossing is an experience not to be missed. Check in today.

For MORE information about this event, go to Crossing for a Cure’s website and find out how you can participate in the larger picture.

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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 editor@standupjournal.com . 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.