2016 Paddle For A Cause - The Dean
This Saturday, the Dean Randazzo Paddle for a Cause will once again draw paddlers from our area to paddle 22.5 mi to support those fighting cancer. The race was first started by Mike May to literally put people in pain in support of those dealing with real pain all for their good friend and local surf legend Dean Randazzo.
The race was started as a prone race, and although SUP has gained huge popularity world wide, this race is still touted as a prone paddle race by locals. The entries for this saturday include 11 prone entries, the most in any field I can remember since getting involved in distance racing. Of these 11, 6 are UL paddlers.
Tom Oneill is one of the entries, having the course record in 3:48 with myself entered with a best of 3:49 that same race day. Brian Pasternak is the 2 time defending overall Dean champion. The three of us have never had a head to head to head race and its looking like it could be an all time race.
Other entries include Lewis Ostrander, a full time family man that somehow still finds the time to train and put of great times having been a top 3 finisher in the past. Along with him we also have Dan Michaluk one of the top paddlers from Canada coming down, and Fergus Sloan another serious distance paddler.
Last but not least is prone stock paddler Ryan White. An incredible surfer and all around waterman and ultimate family guy, i don't remember the last Dean he did not paddle in. He just loves the sport.
On the SUP side the names Sven Peltonen and Q Chiaperino really stick out. Sven is an all around waterman surfing big waves, a successful surf lifesaver and incredible prone paddler and now great SUP racer. Q is the young gun that has been on an absolute tear this year winning races where ever he decides to enter. I got a chance to take a cab with Q last summer for the SEA race and he has the determination to be the best SUP racer in the world some day.
Good luck to all the racers doing a great thing, and thank you for Dean and the Foundation for holding this race year after year.