Stand-up paddle boarders making good progress in 240km voyage for charity

Stand-up paddle boarders making good progress in 240km voyage for charity

STRONG seabreezes pushed charity stand-up paddle (SUP) boarders quicker than expected along 58km of coast to Dawesville during the third day of their 240km voyage from Dunsborough to Fremantle yesterday.

“We we’re contemplating doing another 12km to Halls Head but thought we could be pushing our luck ” Hilton paddler Cameron McKay (33) said.

Mr McKay (33), Michael Booth (26) from Carine, and Luke Hallam (27) from Wembley are paddling, and Alex Fossilo from Guildford, is kneeling and paddling with his hands.

The men have offshore safety gear supported by an onshore crew.

During what is thought to be the longest SUP paddle attempted in WA, they hope to raise $20,000 for WA charity Ocean Heroes to buy surfboards, a van, wetsuits, lifejackets and a beach gazebo to take children with autism surfing.

Mr McKay said yesterday’s seven-hour paddle included 5kms to make up ground lost on Monday, and by the end of the day they had covered their fastest 20km because of the seabreeze.

“If we ever did it gain, maybe we’d have a trailer with different boards for changed conditions,” he said.

Today’s paddle is planned to finish at The Pond in Safety Bay, Rockingham, before the last leg to Bathers Beach, Fremantle about 6pm tomorrow.

Donate at www.givenow.com.au/paddle4oceanheroes.

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