SUP against Depression – A Journey with Will Shmidt

Ultra-marathon Stand Up Paddler and Lifestyle Athlete Will Schmidt makes a 45.2 mile nonstop stand up paddle journey from Avalon, Catalina Island to Dana Point Harbor on April 6th, 2013. The successful attempt took 10 hours and 15 minutes and spanned the length of the Catalina Channel. Escorted by a 23 ft Chaparral, Schmidt negotiated the shipping lanes and eventual 4-6 ft swells accompanied by 6kt headwinds. Proceeds from “Stand Up Paddle Against Depression. A Personal Journey” are being donated to the Wounded Warrior Project to aid in anxiety, depression, and PTSD research. Fundraising has been extended to May 1st, 2013… or directly to the WWP at support.woundedwarriorproject

For more information, athlete bio, sponsorship opportunities, or to schedule an interview please contact Will on his YouTube channel. For edited, and print ready photographs please visit for the full gallery.

The most extreme Aloha goes out to SUP Against Depressions sponsors, backers, and trusted brands: Dave Boehne and Infinity SUP,, KT Tape, RVCA, Rich Kane and the SoCal Patch Newsletter, Lindsey Ruta and the OC Register, Ambrosia Brody of The Log, Casey Gotcher of SUP Gladiator, Fibre Glass Fin Co, 311, Wounded Warrior Project, GoGetFunding, PayPal, Stand Up Paddle Journal, Stand Up Paddle Magazine, SUPConnect: My Local Lineup, SoCal Dental Partners, GU Energy, QuickBlade Paddles, Bark Paddleboards, Werner Paddles, 404, Nike+, Dakine, Waterman’s, Otterbox, and GoPro.


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