The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : International Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 - 5:05:44 PM


Paddleboarders Complete Bimini to Miami Challenge
By John Bell
Jun 13, 2012 - 10:53:56 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page
Thad_and_Bill_arrive_in_Miami_Beach.jpg
Thad and Bill arrive in Miami Beach

Bimini-Miami Blue Water Challenge Raised Awareness for Surfrider¹s Rise Above Plastics

MIAMI BEACH, FL - Starting with a first paddle at the docks of the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina to a final stroke landing just north of Haulover Beach in Miami Beach, Miami Watermen Bill Whiddon and Thaddeus Foote made history Saturday, June 9th, becoming the first to cross the Gulf Steam on stand-up paddleboards.


The pair, paddling to raise awareness for Surfrider Foundation¹s Rise Above Plastics campaign, battled rainsqualls, searing summer heat and the natural northern drift of the Gulf Stream, to complete the 60-plus mile epic journey in 17 hours, 11 minutes and 43 seconds from the first stroke to the last.


"It was paddle, hydrate, eat and paddle more," said the 58-year-old Whiddon. "We did battle a 40 minute tough squall with the first hour of leaving the Bahamas and the seas went from flat to three-foot swells breaking into us."


To counteract the north pull of the Gulf Stream, Whiddon said he and Foote, 38, started a heading more southwest out of Bimini and then after ten hours turned the course more to a due westerly direction that increased speed and pushed to the north.


Bill_Whiddon_and_Freighter_LR.jpg
Bill Whiddon and Freighter LR.jpg Bill Whiddon and Freighter

"We only had one fish encounter when we woke up a huge sun fish basking on the surface," Whiddon recalled. "The fins on the fish were at least two feet long. We also had a school of dolphin swimming under our boards for a longtime, using the shade for some relief from the blistering sun."

The cause behind the "Bimini to Miami Blue Water Challenge" is to raise awareness for Surfrider Foundation¹s Rise Above Plastics campaign to reduce plastics in the ocean


"This crossing was a great opportunity to highlight the impact that plastics are having on our world¹s ocean and how our actions, as a society, can make such a big difference," said Foote.


C4 Waterman,
www.c4waterman.com , a Hawaii-based adventure sports equipment company supported the crossing by supplying the paddlers with the innovative X-Wing Paddle.  C4 is also dressing the paddlers from head-to-toe in their new line of performance apparel.

About Sufrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organizations dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world¹s oceans, waves and beaches. Local Miami Chapter, www.surfridermiami.org, efforts include lobbying for the enforcement of litter laws, beach dune restoration and K-8 environmental education. For more information on the Rise Above Plastics campaign visit
http://florida.surfrider.org/ campaigns/flrap


About The Bimini Big Game Club

The historic Bimini Big Game Club, which reopened in the summer of 2010, is
located on the main navigation channel in Bimini Bay. The resort currently
features 51-rooms and a 75-slip marina capable of accommodating boats up to
145 feet in length.  For more information, go to www.biggameclubbimini.com.

Thad_Foote_Miami_Beach_skyline.jpg
Thad Foote Miami Beach skyline.jpg Thad Foote Miami Beach skyline



Michael_Weber_Big_Game_Club_GM__Thad_Foote__Bill_Whiddon_and_Chris_Quinn_Bimini_Water_Sports.jpg
Michael Weber/Big Game Club GM; Thad Foote; Bill Whiddon and Chris Quinn/Bimini Water Sports





Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2012 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

International
Latest Headlines
Haiti's president to visit The Bahamas
Pastor Dave Burrows "deals hope' in South Africa
Bahamas Rhoda Jackson calls on U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights
Strengthening Haiti-Bahamas Cooperation: Marketing Haiti Agriculture Products in the Bahamas
Svitzer officially opens Regional Training Centre in Bahamas
Nassau's Chantal Adderley makes Dean's List at Maine Maritime Academy
Bahamian Students Participate in the Global Young Leaders Conference
Haiti to launch cholera vaccination with PAHO/WHO support
IMF Staff Visit to the Bahamas Statement of Conclusion
Bahamas Senator Gibson and recording artist / actress Brandy inducted as Honorary Sorority Members
Bahamas fraternity brothers visit Embassy in Washington
Caribbean Export Awards €2.9 Million to Firms in CARIFORUM
Grand Bahama restaurateurs call on Consul General Carroll
Royal Bahamas Defence Force Officer Named Best International Cadet
1 Million Awarded to Increase Foreign Direct Investment into the Caribbean
Washington Embassy of The Bahamas hold independence anniversary reception
The Bahamas 41ST Independence Ecumenical Service in Miami Florida
Washington Embassy of Bahamas Independence Reception‏
Bahamas High Commissioner in London offers condolences to Lightbourn family
Bahamians Unite for Independence Day Celebrations in Atlanta
United Nations Pageant seeks inner beauty to promote tourism, goodwill and cultural style
Pan American Development Foundation and the Royal Bahamas Police Force Launch Anti-Violence and Crime Program
South Florida Bahamians Enjoying Country’s 41st Independence Celebrations
Bahamian Government Urged to Prevent Environmental Destruction
New York Bahamian Independence Family Fun Day Picnic - Postponed‏
Bahamians in D.C. area to celebrate Bahamas Independence
U.S. Government Provides Advanced Training to Bahamas Drug Enforcement Unit
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Waterkeeper Alliance Urge Government Action in The Bahamas to Prevent Environmental Destruction
U.S. Embassy: 2014 Bahamas Investment Climate Statement
Sir Arthur Foulkes Honoured in London
Bahamas seeks to host Taste of the Caribbean
Caribbean Export Creates Business Opportunities‏
Lt. Sturrup Receives Coveted Honour Graduate Award at U.S. Coast Guard Training College
Bahamian Diplomats attend Special Discussion on U.S. Drug Policy in the Western Hemisphere
Bahamas atttends ACP Council Meetings in Kenya
Bahamaren: Increasing investment from China to the Bahamas
Bahamas' Celebrity Artist visits U.S. Senator John McCain in Washington, D.C
Mitchell officially opens new Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex in D.C.
TCI top model Brielle Swann graces the cover of Times of the Islands magazine
The Adventures of Bahamians in France