DANA POINT, California - Local Southern California ocean athlete, Will Schmidt, has completed what will now go down in history as the first consecutive Canada To Mexico voyage via the Pacific Ocean solo on a stand up paddleboard.
On May 24th, 2014 Schmidt 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. Schmidt 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. Schmidt is 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, Schmidt was escorted by land with a safety car however completely solo on the water itself. In addition to the 1386 miles paddled, Schmidt logged an approximate 1.1 million paddle strokes and averaged 3850 calories daily. The median mileage per day topped 28 miles. The farthest distance traveled in a single day was 42 miles.
Will Schmidt paddles as a brand ambassador for SIC, Oakley, Nemo Equipment, Carapace Wetsuits, Astral Designs, Black Diamond Equipment, Swiss Barefoot Company, and the Wounded Warrior Project. He continues to seek donations through his crowd-funding site to benefit active duty and veteran US service members suffering from post combat anxiety, depression, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury. By visiting Will's athlete website, areyouinspiredyet.com, and following the 'click to donate' link, anyone can place a donation to his cause. 8k of a 30k fundraising goal has been met to date.
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