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World Paddle for the Planet Main Event

What: World Paddle for the Planet Main Event

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Main World Paddle event is on Saturday and Sunday on the shores of Lake Powell at Camp Helen State Park. Plein air artists will be on the grounds all afternoon!

6:30 AM Qi Gong with Bob Purdy, on the beach
10:00 AM Registration
11:00 AM Opening comments from Bob Purdy
11:15 AM Welcome from Indigenous Maskoke People, the Traditional Caretakers of the Region
12:00 PM 24-Hour World Paddle For The Planet begins Oct 12 / 12 PM through Oct 13 / 12 PM

Sunday, October 13, 2013
12:00 PM Conclusion of 24-Hour World Paddle For The Planet
6:00 PM- 10:00 PM Recognition ceremony: Video recap of the 2013 event, Final thoughts by Bob Purdy and Justin Riney. Food and live music under the stars.


World Paddle For The Planet 2013 is four day eco-educational festival culminating with a 24-hour paddle on coastal dune Lake Powell in Panama City Beach, Florida. The festival will be held in Carillon Beach and Camp Helen State Park October 10-13, 2013. With satellite events around the world, the purpose is to educate and raise awareness, sending the message worldwide, to “Be the change you want to see!” Funds raised by this event will benefit Justin Riney’s Expedition Florida 500, a project of the non-profit Mother Ocean.

The festival is a family-friendly expo, including NOAA’s booth with ocean creature touch-tanks, and Sara Brenes, known as “TheShark Whisperer” with an interactive exhibit about her work saving sharks. Norm Hann from British Columbia will show his documentary film “Stand”. Bob Purdy and Justin Riney will join other Planet Paddlers from around the world for a public round-table discussion, sharing experiences and ideas for making change. With art, film, family paddle, SUP-yoga, and music, this festival will bean opportunity for attendees to become inspired, and motivated, and to gain tools for making effective change when they return home. 

All types of paddle craft are welcome to paddle any portion of or all of the 24 hours, beginning at noon, on Saturday, October 12. For more information and to register either as an individual or as a team of up to 10 members, go to

Register a team, individual or family day paddle!

World Paddle For The Planet


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