World Paddle For the Planet comes to South Walton

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

When he speaks of his endeavor, Purdy says he considers himself an elder in training. Purdy believes that as a species, humans have taken advantage of nature’s good nature for too long. He said the evidence is in the land, the water and the air.

“Nature is calling us to change our ways,” he said.

Paddle For The Planet is for any type of paddle craft, said Vienot, who has been SUPing for three years.

Purdy’s mission has touched Vienot personally. She said she used to go through a case of bottled water a week. These days, she reuses not only bottles, but also plastic bags from grocery stores.

"We all have these things and have the right heart. But his commitment is to bring change, and his gimmick is paddling," said Vienot. "If we all create a single change it will create a wave of changes around the world and in our communities."

The World Planet Paddle Day at Lake Powell will be like a festival, and there will be satellite events around the world. This will be an annual event with future World Planet Paddle Day's locations yet to be determined.

This year's beneficiary is Florida Expedition 500, which benefits

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