THE POWER OF BREATH: Paddlers Help the Cystic Fibrosis Community in 80-Mile Paddle Challenge

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The annual Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis is on! This 80-mile paddle challenge is among the first of world renowned paddle events out of the gates, post-COVID. Get ready for launch on Sunday, June 27th, 2021! Paddlers will gather from around the globe to make paddle crossing across the Gulf between Bimini in the Bahamas and Lake Worth, Florida. To date, over 150 stand up paddlers, kayakers, prone paddlers and rowers have signed up. They all have two things in common: they have great hearts and are warriors of the sea.

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Paddlers gather for a flower ceremony before the start of their 80-mile crossing. Photo by: Tallymark Productions

Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis Brings Hope to CF Community

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla., April 1, 2021 – The announcement has been made! This year’s 80-mile Crossing For Cystic Fibrosis will take place on Sunday, June 27th. Paddlers will launch from Bimini in the Bahamas and cross the treacherous open waters of the Florida Straits to Lake Worth Beach, Florida. This is the 5th year of this extraordinary event raising money for family members and programs within the Cystic Fibrosis community.


After an entire year without any stand up paddle recreational or racing events, paddlers are eager to get back in the water. Paddling for Cystic Fibrosis never looked better! Piper’s Angels Foundation, along with Medical Director Dr. Ray Vasquez, have created a COVID Mitigation Plan to ensure a safe experience for all.

Chloe Catherine Dubois Bahamas Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis Pipers Angels
Catherine (standing) and Chloe (in the water) Dubois, a mother-daughter duo, completed the Crossing together in 2019. Here, they celebrate a moment together in Bimini, each woman championing the other to make this hero’s journey a reality.

X4CF Paddle Challenge:  Protocol and Sponsorship

Individuals diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, due to the nature of their disease, have practiced social distancing, proper hand hygiene, and mask use as a part of their daily lives long before the virus erupted into our world. Therefore, these procedures are a natural extension of their regular protocols and an easy add on for the successful implementation of X4CF’s COVID Mitigation Plan at the event’s beach landing in Lake Worth.

Read Personal Stories of People Who Have Made the Crossing:
Tim Goering’s 80-Mile-Paddle
Mother-Daughter Paddle Team Overcome Great Odds
Finding your WHY: 2019 Paddler Overcomes Setback

This year the Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis announces its largest sponsorship to date with CELSIUS  becoming a title sponsor for the 2021 Crossing. The company manufactures a fitness-based energy drink aligning with the health and wellness culture of Piper’s Angels Foundation. This year’s Crossing is proud to be fueled by CELSIUS.

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Paddlers launch off the beaches in Bimini around 1AM in order to make a beach landing in Florida around mid-day. Head lamps, boat lights and counting heads is a huge part of the process.

Double Lung Transplant Recipient to Paddle in this Year’s Crossing

One highlight of this year’s Crossing For Cystic Fibrosis is the inclusion of its first double lung transplant recipient, Scott Johnson, as a participant and relay-team paddler. Scott’s team will include X4CF Founder and Executive Director Travis Suit as they embark on their paddle as team Double Or Nothing.  Their team name reflects a play on words regarding Scott’s life-saving double lung transplant. 2021 year marks the 20th anniversary since his lung transplant surgery, making Scott a featured player in this year’s Crossing. Scott’s story and journey of The Crossing will be captured in a short film documentary being released later this year.

Think YOU Have What it Takes?
Registration Closes 04/20/2021


Additional information about the Piper’s Angels Foundation can be found online, at Information about the 2021 Crossing For Cystic Fibrosis taking place on June 27, 2021, including sponsorships, donations and volunteer details, can be found online at

Crossing for Cysitc Fibrosis Pipers Angels
Piper Suit, daughter to Exec. Director and Founder of X4CF Travis Suit is a Cystic Fibrosis warrior herself and a smiling and essential presence at every event.

About Piper’s Angels Foundation

The Piper’s Angels Foundation mission is to support and improve the lives of families in the cystic fibrosis community through grassroots advocacy and socially innovative programs, raising awareness through education, offering life-expanding activities, providing urgent financial support, and funding critical developments. Additional information can be found online, at

Aloha. Stay tuned for that June 27th launch date!

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.