Uncle Richie Memorial Paddle for Epilepsy
Organized by Dennis and Donna Farrell of the West End Paddlers, and their sons Damien and Dylan, the event was held at the Rockaway Point Yacht Club cove in Breezy Point.
Thirty - seven paddlers along with spectators showed up to celebrate, honor and remember Uncle Richie of the surfing Farrell family and raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation research effort.
Prior to the event, participants formed a traditional Hawaiian circle. There was a brief remembrance of Uncle Richie given by John Roberts. It included the Lord’s Prayer in Hawaiian chanted by Charles Kaupo of the Grammy award winning Hawaiian group HAPA. Rick Anthony acted as the M.C. and worked the sound system.
The elite paddlers left the beach at 10:00 am for an 8 mile paddle. This was followedbya3milefunpaddleand ended with a shorter distance kid’s paddle.
Paddle Out organizers sent a big Mahalo (thank you) out to the following businesses and individuals who provided prizes for the event. These included The Blue Bungalow, which provided framed pictures as well as a facial at their spa and Surfset Fitness which offered a package of surf lessons.
Boarders Surf Shop donated an SUP paddle; All Seasons Fitness Studio provided one month of free classes; Playland Restaurant and bar gave a $50 gift certificate.
The Sand Castle Store in Breezy Point provided a gift certificate and a present; The Rockaway Wish Association gave a $100 gift certificate from Curran’s Meats; Dennis Farrell gave a package of free SUP lessons; Donna Welsh provided a $50 gift certificate and a pair of flip flops; Mary Leonard and Garry Guerriero owners of the United States Athletic Training Center provided t-shirts, lycra rash guards and gym bags as well as medals and trophies for the top finishers; Danielle’s Florist provided flower leis for the king (Tyler Resnick) and queen (Siobhan Mullen) for being the top male and female finishers; Shawn Thompson, former World Surfing Champion provided autographed copies of his surf books, Busting Down the Door, The Power of I Will, The Code, and Surfer’s Code, 12 Simple Lessons for Paddling Through Life; Jano Stack donated an embroidered West End Paddlers blanket.
The 3 mile race winners were:
1st place Patrick Murphy
2nd place George Johnson
3rd place George Ebert
The kayak winners were:
1st place Jennifer O’Neill
2nd place Lauren Bellantonio
3rd place John Guriterez
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