Will Schmidt's Canada to Mexico Paddle!
My journey started in 2012 when I became only the 6th person to solo stand up paddle the Catalina Channel of Southern California from Avalon, Catalina to Dana Point, CA, a distance of over 40 miles.
In addition to this achievement, in September of 2013 I solo stand up paddled the inner California Channel Islands Chain from Oxnard, CA to Dana Point, CA consecutively to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. I covered a distance of 225.6 miles, crossed 9 channels, and landed on 6 islands. Escorted by a 34' Catalina sailboat, we set 5 stand up paddle world records within the span of a week.
On May 24th, 2014 I navigated a SIC F-16 stand up paddleboard solo and largely unassisted from Neah Bay, WA to Swiftsure Bank in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (Canadian/US border) and paddled south 1386 miles to the USA/Mexico border fence in Border Field State Park, Imperial Beach, CA. The voyage lasted 61 days total with 58 days of actual paddling. I surfed to the shore and touched down at the border fence at approximately 6:45pm on Saturday, July 26th, 2014.
Two firsts for stand up paddling were achieved on this successful attempt. I am the first solo and completely unassisted stand up paddler to navigate from Canada to California as well as the first solo and largely unassisted stand up paddler to navigate from Canada to Mexico. During the California coast portion, I was escorted from land with a safety car however completely solo on the water itself. In addition to the 1386 miles paddled, I logged an approximate 1.1 million paddle strokes and averaged 3850 calories daily. My median mileage per day topped 28 miles. The farthest distance I traveled in a single day was 42 miles.
I paddle as a brand ambassador for SIC, Oakley, Nemo Equipment, Carapace Wetsuits, Astral Designs, Black Diamond Equipment, Swiss Barefoot Company, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
I continue to seek donations through this crowdfunding site to benefit active duty and veteran US service members suffering from post combat anxiety, depression, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury. Any and all proceeds from this venture after reasonable expenses will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Feel free to visit my website, www.AreYouInspiredYet.com, and click on the banner to watch my Channel Islands documentary film.
After compiling more than 80 gigabytes of raw video and photography, Will's Canada to Mexico documentary film is headed for production! A huge ALOHA to all of you who donated for this most recent fundraiser. Don't fret, however. You can still submit a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project fundraiser for this endeavor by visiting Will's website, AreYouInspiredYet.com, and simply tapping the "Click To Donate" button! There are some great incentives for different donation amounts and any single donation of $100 or more gets your name listed as a producer in the credits of the upcoming film!
Will's wetsuit sponsor, Carapace Custom Wetsuits, has a special offer for those of you in need of a new suit for the coming winter and spring months. Enter promo code: WILL at checkout for $25 off your total order at carapacewetsuits.com!
So much more to come and you'd better believe that there is a top secret expedition on the horizon and more INSPIRATION than you can shake a paddle at!
Fun stats of the journey:
Miles paddled: 1386
Approximate paddle strokes: 1.1 million
Weight lost: 25 lbs
Average calorie burn: 3850 daily
Time: 58 days paddled over 61 days total
Average daily mileage: 28
Longest day: 12 hours
Longest paddle: 42 miles (Carmel to Big Sur)
Broken toes: 1
Beard growth: 2 inches and counting!
Don't think that this is the end of my fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project. Ive pulled my weight and now Id love to see your support as well! Lets see some more donations and shares roll in!
Also dont forget to show your support by voting my Canada to Mexico trek as the SUP Awards 'Expedition of the Year' by following this link:
The report concludes that while only 1 percent of Americans serve in the military, the suicide rate of veterans accounts for a fifth of the overall total in the US.
It adds that soldiers in service take their own lives once every 36 hours as well as to the 18 veterans who commit suicide every day.
"These figures make me sick and I'm doing something about it! Join me, Will Schmidt, in raising awareness through the Wounded Warrior Project by placing your donation and following me as I attempt to be the first solo stand up paddler to navigate from Canada to Mexico this May"!