Crossing for a Cure, Bimini to Lake Worth, Florida: 80 Miles of Heart

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The Crossing For A Cure is a long-distance endurance paddle challenge and international championship race taking paddlers 80 miles across the Gulf Stream, from Bimini in the Bahamas to Lake Worth Beach on the Florida mainland.

Crossing for a Cure Bimini Florida stand up paddle

Crossing for a Cure: 80 Miles for families struggling with Cystic Fibrosis

The event was inspired by incredible health benefits that a salt water environment can provide for those living with cystic fibrosis, a terminal lung disease. Event Organizer Travis Suit’s daughter Piper was diagnosed with CF when she was four years old.

BOLD in the Face of Fear

This 80-mile open water crossing is a great undertaking for everyone involved and pushes paddlers to the outer limits of endurance. The purpose is to show how much love can do.

When the body fatigues and the mind wants to quit, the power of your ‘why’ is what pushes you through. Pipers Angels, the paddlers who push themselves for this great cause, utilize reserves of energy they didn’t know they had as well as taking support from the community on the water in order to complete an incredible journey.

Categories include:
SUP (12’6, 14′ & unlimited)
Surf ski,
Prone paddleboards,
OC-1,
OC-6,
Kayak, and
2-person dory

Each of the above divisions are available to solo competitors as well as team relays. Each paddler is expected to raise a minimum of $1,500 for Piper’s Foundation, the non-profit set up by Travis Suit to support the families in the CF community.

Do you have what it takes?

Join Crossing for a Cure – as a competitive or recreational paddler or rower, a sponsor, a “virtual paddler” or a volunteer – from launch to landing. Every bit of effort is celebrated, appreciated and given back in the form of community. Rumor has it, once you’ve participated in this event, there’s no going back. You’ll be on hand on the beach at 1AM every single year.

Crossing for a Cure event organizers are also seeking support boats and Captains. Becoming part of the Crossing is an experience not to be missed. Check in today.

For MORE information about this event, go to Crossing for a Cure’s website and find out how you can participate in the larger picture.

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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.