Freezin for a Reason - Paddle Race to Benefit Sandy Victims

Posted: Jan 08,2013 Written by  TheSurfersView
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Photos all from the "Freezin for a Reason" FB Page

On January 5, 2013, Freezin For A Reason: a 5.7 mile paddleboard/ sup race and 2.5 mile Recreation paddle around Ventnor Heights and Chelsea Heights in Ventnor, NJ took place with a total of 127 people who paddled in the event.  They didn’t call this event "Freezin for a Reason" for nothing…the air was 40° and the water was a blistering 38 °!  

Some participants flew in from California, Arizona, and a few even attended as far North as Cape Cod down to Virginia Beach.  The race went down out of Viking Rowing Club on Surrey and Calvert Ave in Ventnor, NJ

Organizer of the event Sean Duffy explained to us that “The reason why I held the race was because I thought that it was a great way to help those that were still struggling.  I know its gonna take a long time to recover for a lot of people and waves for water has been to work in the surf communities since day one.  The race showed a real sense of community on race day. The other reason why I wanted to run this event was to show people that the Atlantic City Area is not destroyed like the national news showed.  The part of the boardwalk that was destroyed was already falling apart and AC is open for business.  My Dad is a Jitney Driver and the city has been quiet since the storm.”

Overall, so far this great effort raised a little over $10,000 in waves for water in a couple hours between the race, the after party at Tomatoes Restaurant in Margate, and all the Raffles, and Auction.  Some epic gear was auctioned off, including a DCal surfboard shaped by Dan Callaghan of Galloway that had a collage of pictures from sandy on the bottom of it.  The board went for $800.

All of the proceeds of the event went to Waves 4 Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. You can still donate here: Freezin For a Reason (5.7 mile Paddleboard Race for Sandy Victims)

Video - Freezin for a Reason

RESULTS: Place Name Time Event

1 Bruckner Chase :1:00.30 Surf Ski
2 Ryan Mathews :1:03.06 Open Prone
3 Steve Dullak :1:04.38 14' SuP
4 Sven Peltonen :1:04.40 14' SUP
5 Mark Colino :1:04.42 14' SUP
6 John Kutner :1:04.50 14' SUP
7 Bill Webster :1:05.56 Open Prone
8 Jim Mason & Judge Caiciotta :1:06.07 Life Boat
9 Thomas :1:06.35 Surf Ski
10 Jim Rothwell :1:07.08 14' SUP
11 Bill Alty :1:07.33 Prone
12 Drew Felson :1:08.29 14' SuP
13 Mike Laielli :1:09.39 14' SuP
14 Doug Bergen 01:09.5 Open Prone
15 Tim Schwegman :1:10.04 14 prone
16 Sean Duffey :1:10.26 14' SuP
17 Dan Callaghan :1:11.03 14 prone
18 Dave Cooker :1:11.20 14' SuP
19 Chad Brcockman :1:12.24 14' SuP
20 Erich Becker :1:12.36 Prone
21 Matt Rinck :1:12.39 Prone
22 Carl Tripician :1:13.20 Open SUP
23 Chris Atlee :1:13.55 14' SuP
24 Kyle Gronostaski :1:14.07 prone
25 Zack Stiener :1:14.08 12'6" SUP
26 Paul Giunta :1:14.31 14' SuP
27 Nick Nichols :1:14.56 14'SUP
28 Terry Plunket :1:15.12 Female 
29 John Fox :1:16.11 14'SUP
30 Brian Warley :1:16.27 Prone
31 Brian Coen :1:17.28 12'6" SUP
32 Darryl Heale :1:17.45 14'SUP
33 Brian Pasternak :1:18.09 prone
34 Adam Walcoff :1:18.26 14' SuP
35 Margo Pellegrino :1:18.44 Female
36 Eddy O'Kinsky :1:18.57 14' SUP
37 Ken Gallant :1:19.10 14' SuP
38 Mark Neustader :1:19.55 14' SuP
39 Samantha Cerone :1:20.00 Female
40 Paul Veres :1:20.22 14' SuP
41 Brian Ketcik :1:20.28 Prone
42 Carmen Rune :1:20.30 14' SuP
43 Ryan White :1:20.39 prone
44 Brian Dellet :1:21.05 12'6" SUP
45 Pat Armstrong :1:21.37 14' SuP
46 Joe Destefano :1:22.04 12'6" SUP
47 Roy Kvalo :1:22.37 14' SuP
48 Rob Ransom :1:22.46 14'SUP
49 Jasper Jarden :1:23.15 12'6" SUP
50 Jeff Deron :1:23.43 14' SuP
51 Brandy Middlesworth :1:23.49 14'SUP
52 Tim Chambcovich :1:23,56 prone
53 Chad Destanik :1:24.16 14'SUP
54 Rich Bubnowski :1:24.35 12'6" SUP
55 Scott Jordan :1:24.39 12'6" SUP
56 Jon Coen :1:24.48 14' SUP

For the rest of results, see full list here