September 05, 2017
Environmental education has become a noteworthy cause for many of us. In our society today, we are seeking to make this world a better place. What better way than combining paddling and raising money and awareness for a great cause? These men set out to cross the Catalina Chanel for the benefit of students. The Ocean institute is a non-profit organization that brings environmental awareness into the classroom.
CATALINA CONQUEST: A 40-MILE SUP EXPEDITION FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS
By SUP Magazine
by Rebecca Parsons
On August 18 Ron Hoffmeyer, Jeff Hughes, and Austin Hughes departed Avalon, Catalina, against a backdrop of dark skies and twinkling lights with their sights set on Dana Point, California some 40 miles across the open Pacific. They departed the beach at 5:10 am and paddled for 11 hours and 9 minutes, nowhere near a record-breaking time for the course.
Their mission was never about achieving a noteworthy endurance feat or adding their names to a record book. It was about supporting environmental education and an organization they whole-heartedly believed in: Dana Point's Ocean Institute.
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