One adult and one youth team battled inclement weather Saturday and Sunday on Coldstream’s Kalamalka Lake to raise more than $5,000 for local families dealing with cancer in the first-ever appearance by North Okanagan teams in the annual Monster-and-Sea Standup Paddleboard Challenge. (Photo - submitted)

Vernon paddleboard teams take on Mother Nature, raise $5,000+

One adult, one youth team battled inclement weather to raise $ to help families dealing with cancer

Maybe next year Mother Nature will be a tad friendlier, which would be the only thing to make the 24 hour paddleboard challenge in Coldstream better than the inaugural one.

Inclement weather did nothing to diminish or dampen the spirits of Team Kalavida, a group of adult and youth standup paddleboard teams who spent Saturday and Sunday on Kal Lake raising money for local families dealing with cancer.

The teams were taking part in the annual Monster and Sea Paddle Challenge, which originated in Seattle with a goal of raising $5,000 to stuff 1K into five envelopes to present to five different families dealing with cancer. The first event raised more than $7,000. Since its inception, Monster and Sea Paddle Challenge has raised $371,000, helping 371 families.

READ ALSO: Vernon teams take up paddleboard challenge

“The weather was cold, windy and wet but ultimately paddling for 12 or 24 hours in the rain doesn’t even compare to what someone in a fight with cancer goes through,” said Team Kalavida spokesperson Lisa Fogle. “It was an honour for everyone involved, paddlers, parents, friends and siblings, to be a part of such a worthy cause.”

This is the first year a team(s) from Vernon took part.

“We have raised more than $5,000 thus far, and are still accepting nominations for local families battling cancer,” said ogle. “Which means at least five local families will receive an envelope with $1,000 cash.”

The adult team, which included world standup paddleboard champ Lina Augaitis of Coldstream, who was also a mentor to the youth team (ages nine-to-13), paddled 24 hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in all kinds of conditions. This was the first year across North America that all-kids teams could take part.

Adult team captain Kerry MacLeod was taking part in her fourth Monster and Sea Challenge.

The youth team was on the lake for 12 hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, but got up early Sunday and arrived at Kal Beach to welcome in the last of the adult paddlers as they completed their 24-hours.

“We were told it was a windy night with the tents blowing all over the beach and the paddlers dealing with those conditions,” said Fogle, who had high praise for the North Okanagan community for its support of all participants and volunteers.

“We are thanking the community for stopping by with treats, support, donations, hand warmers, hot water bottles and homemade cupcakes,” said Fogle. “We’re thanking Kalavida Surf Shop for donating boards/paddles/board lights to the participants. The Rail Trail Cafe for providing warm food and shelter.”

The event’s motto is “Do good, have fun, give back,” and uses the hash tag #gobecauseyoucan.

Local organizers are hoping to reach the $7,000 mark by the end of April.

A Gofundme page is open until the end of the month if you’d like to make a donation to the cause.

A meeting will take place at the end of the month where both adult and youth teams will review nominations and decide where to give the money.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

One adult and one youth team battled inclement weather Saturday and Sunday on Coldstream’s Kalamalka Lake to raise more than $5,000 for local families dealing with cancer in the first-ever appearance by North Okanagan teams in the annual Monster-and-Sea Standup Paddleboard Challenge. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)

One adult and one youth team battled inclement weather Saturday and Sunday on Coldstream’s Kalamalka Lake to raise more than $5,000 for local families dealing with cancer in the first-ever appearance by North Okanagan teams in the annual Monster-and-Sea Standup Paddleboard Challenge. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)

Just Posted

Photos: Armstrong Shamrocks, Team Slovakia unite through lacrosse

Final score irrelevant - Armstrong won handily - as sports and sportsmanship take front seat

Communities scare up food bank donations

Vote for your favourite scarecrow in Armstrong-Spallumcheen with food ballot

Armstrong blossoms at Communities in Bloom awards

City wins pair of honours, as does District of Sicamous, at provincial awards gala in Coquitlam

Block Watch, FireSmart programs pitched to North Okanagan residents

RDNO gives presentation on both programs to residents of Electoral Area C BX-Silver Star

Vernon makes list of cities to visit in fall

Website hellobc.com author likes Vernon for its apple harvest, rail trail and salmon run proximity

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Internet speed testing implemented in the CSRD

Test results will be tracked to find areas where improvement is needed.

Former South Okanagan resident found dead in Alberta

Candace Deleeuw was reported missing Sept. 16

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Latimer surveyed much of Summerland

Civil engineer was also responsible of community’s irrigation system

Caught on Camera: Boat catches fire at Okanagan marina

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

Most Read