Block Island Challenge

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 3:45pm

The Paddlers for Humanity Block Island Challenge 2019 was the first crossing I did with both my sons. We paddled from Montauk into the Great Salt Pond on Saturday, Aug. 10.

My son Gavin was the youngest to do the crossing six years ago at age 14, His brother Jayden broke that record two years ago and paddled the 19 miles with me when he was 13. Other islanders who have done the crossing include Nick Lamoureaux, Kate McConville and Charlie Douglas. I hope to recruit more islanders to participate next year. They can use our boards to train at Ocean Adventures in New Harbor. 

Paddlers for Humanity is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization based in East Hampton, N.Y. dedicated to bettering the lives of children, with an emphasis on supporting innovative and comprehensive mental health programs for kids and youth, including greater early intervention outreach, resiliency, anti-bullying and changing behavior through a focus on the positive.

— Jeffrey Smith