Paddle for the Planet is moving experience

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 03:08 PM.

Although Purdy was moved by the reception from South Walton, the event will be held elsewhere next year at a locale yet to be determined. But there will be a satellite paddle held here in tandem with the actual event.

Organizer Joan Vienot agreed it was a fantastic event with the most impressive being the talk by the Muskogees, who live in Bruce.

"They spoke about standing up against injustice wherever we see it, whether against man or the earth. And then a flutist began playing. It just set the tone," she said.

While the 60-70 people paddled on and off during the event, three completed the 24-hour paddle under a half moon. They were Purdy, Justin Riney, and Paul Zipes, paddling for his Sun Jammers team. Support boats provided necessities during the 24-hour paddle.

"Their level of commitment was impressive," said Vienot.

Members of the Emerald Coast Paddlers came for the finish of the 24-hour paddle, as the three men paddled to shore to the sound of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror." The World Paddle event was to benefit Mother Ocean 's Florida Expedition 500. Vienot said the final tally is not in yet, but she believes there will be a nice check for Mother Ocean

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