Mission Complete! Standup for the Great Lakes finishes Lake Huron 90-mi crossing

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standup for the great lakes Lake Huron, Jeff Guy, Kwin Morris, Joe Lorenz
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It all started as a dream to cross Lake Michigan.  Jeff Guy, Kwin Morris and Joe Lorenz- three watermen with a passion  – decided that one way to advocate and protect beautiful, natural resources of water like the Great Lakes, was to cross each one via stand up paddleboard.

Inspired by a love of water, a innate drive to challenge themselves and a wish to educate and inspire others about the Great Lakes, the trio completed their second mission, the crossing of Lake Huron, on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017.

Ninety miles from Michigan to Canada for clean water

The boys launched from Alpena, Michigan and paddled 90 miles across the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary to the shores of Canada.

“It took us 28 hours to cross the 90 plus mile open water crossing. We battled some waves and rainstorms, but also were blessed with an amazing sunset and stars.”

Lake Huron’s Marine Sanctuary:  Thunder Bay

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary covers 4,300 square miles of northwestern Lake Huron and is part of a national system of marine protected areas. The only sanctuary in the Great Lakes, Thunder Bay works to protect one of America’s best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks.

These shipwrecks due to Huron’s naturally cold, fresh waters are protected intact in varying depths of up to 200 feet.

Getting There

On the last leg of their journey, the wind picked up and Joe, Kwin and Jeff were forced to press on through heavy chop and rain squalls.  They had been paddling for nearly 26 hours straight and found themselves on the brink of exhaustion.

“The last ten miles we had a lot of side chop, which after 80 miles of standing up, caused our legs to be very wobbly!!!”

They were joined in those last 10 miles by a Canadian paddler who stroked out to meet them and urge them to the finish.

Finish they did.  Their 90-mile adventure was a success to raise funding for the protection of the Great Lakes from oil pipelines of questionable integrity, invasive species, sewage leakage, pharmaceutical pollution, agricultural runoff, and people who think it’s okay to throw beer cans and cigarette butts wherever they please.  The list of threats to these and other vital bodies of water is endless.

Donate & Help Protect these Natural Resources

If you would like to participate in Stand Up for the Great Lakes and the effort that seeks not only to preserve, not only the sanctity of these great bodies of water, but all rivers, gulfs and streams, you can can DONATE here.

If we, as paddlers, were to ALL use our voices and put forth efforts to preserve our favorite paddling places, who knows how far reaching our effects might be.  I’m willing to protect my back yard.  Are you?

 

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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.