canada to Mexico



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2014
Dana Point, CA

Local Southern California ocean athlete, Will Schmidt, has completed what will now go down in history as the first consecutive Canada To Mexico voyage via the Pacific Ocean solo on a stand up paddleboard.

On May 24th, 2014 Schmidt navigated a SIC F-16 stand up paddleboard solo and largely unassisted from Neah Bay, WA to Swiftsure Bank in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (Canadian/US border) and paddled south 1386 miles to the USA/Mexico border fence in Border Field State Park, Imperial Beach, CA. The voyage lasted 61 days total with 58 days of actual paddling. Schmidt surfed to the shore and touched down at the border fence at approximately 6:45pm on Saturday, July 26th, 2014.

Two firsts for stand up paddling were achieved on this successful attempt. Schmidt is the first solo and completely unassisted stand up paddler to navigate from Canada to California as well as the first solo and largely unassisted stand up paddler to navigate from Canada to Mexico. During the California coast portion, Schmidt was escorted by land with a safety car however completely solo on the water itself. In addition to the 1386 miles paddled, Schmidt logged an approximate 1.1 million paddle strokes and averaged 3850 calories daily. The median mileage per day topped 28 miles. The farthest distance traveled in a single day was 42 miles.

Will Schmidt paddles as a brand ambassador for SIC, Oakley, Nemo Equipment, Carapace Wetsuits, Vitargo, Astral Designs, Black Diamond Equipment, and the Swiss Barefoot Company. He continues to seek donations through his crowdfunding site to benefit active duty and veteran US service members suffering from post combat anxiety, depression, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury.



Southern California Lifestyle SUP Athlete,
Will Schmidt, completes a record-setting seven-day, 220-mile solo open ocean SUP expedition. Escorted by a 34′ Catalina sailboat, “Campbell’s Sloop,” Schmidt’s journey launched from mainland California in Oxnard and navigated to touch all five inner California Channel Islands. Schmidt traveled from Channel Islands Harbor to Anacapa Island, Santa Cruz Island, then Santa Barbara Island, followed by Catalina Harbor on Catalina Island, San Clemente Island, then back to Avalon on Catalina Island, before paddling into Dana Point Harbor’s Baby Beach.

 
On this island-hopping adventure, all five inner Channel Islands were physically touched upon (one twice for a total of six island landings), seven channels were crossed, with 220 statute miles traversed solo and consecutively, on 14′ Infinity SUPs with SUP Gladiator Pro Model fins.

Altogether, five SUP records were set on this trip. Schmidt became the first person to standup paddle all inner Channel Islands from shore to shore, is the first person to paddle the length of the Catalina Channel twice, and has now the highest paddling mileage in the Channel Islands, a record held previously held by Karen Wrenn at 150 miles. An unexpected result of this paddle (verified by 3 separate GPS tracking devices) was a Catalina Channel crossing time of 7:47:33.

Will Schmidt paddled the Channel Islands as a brand ambassador for Infinity SUP, Vitargo, and Von Zipper. He continues to seek donations through his crowdfunding site to benefit active duty and veteran US service members suffering from post combat anxiety, depression, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury.


The Catalina Channel



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2013
Dana Point, CA. 

Ultra-marathon Stand Up Paddler and Lifestyle Athlete Will Schmidt makes a 45.2 mile nonstop stand up paddle journey from Avalon, Catalina Island to Dana Point Harbor on April 6th, 2013. The successful attempt took 10 hours and 15 minutes and spanned the length of the Catalina Channel. Escorted by a 23 ft Chaparral, Schmidt negotiated the shipping lanes and eventual 4-6 ft swells accompanied by 6kt headwinds. Proceeds from "Stand Up Paddle Against Depression. A Personal Journey" have been donated to the Wounded Warrior Project to aid in anxiety, depression, and PTSD research.

For more information, athlete bio, sponsorship opportunities, or to schedule an interview please contact Will Schmidt from the contact form located on the left margin of this page. For edited and print ready photographs please visit the gallery in the photos section of this site.                                                                                         

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