Steve Shlens & Chris Latham - The Friendship Paddle 2019

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The Friendship Paddle

On September 15th over 150 paddlers will start at sunrise in Forney's Cove on Santa Cruz Island and paddle the Santa Barbara Channel and land on the beach in front of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club in support of Mike Kelley and his family.

The funds raised from this event go directly to our good friend Mike Kelley.  There isn't a group taking portions of the donations to pay for overhead, salaries, or anything else.  One Hundred Percent goes to Mike.  Chris and I (Steve) love that.  You should too and donate to this beautiful tax deductible cause.

The Friendship Paddle from Paul Westmacott on Vimeo.

Mission Statement

We organize open ocean paddle events to provide emotional and financial support to Santa Barbara County residents fighting life-threatening illnesses.The Friendship Paddle is 5013c non-profit and 100% of the donations will be going to the honoree.


Anonymous $50.00
Fred & Janice
To Mike
Rodney Ellis $25.00
A-Frame Surf Shop
Kill it Steve and Chris!
Heather Allen and Nick Bobroff
Thanks for doing this and hope you have a nice paddle.
Denise S Kircher
Have a great paddle for a fabulous cause. My heart goes out to Mike and his family.
Michael Shlens $100.00
John and Cindy $25.00
Anna Darabi $25.00
Debbie Booth
Sorry to hear about your friend!
Amanda and Bob George $25.00
Fred Kass
Whitney Bruice $25.00
Michael J Meluskey $50.00
Anonymous $100.00
James Bray
Steve and Chris, thank you both for inspiring us to be better humans. Most importantly, being there for folks who need it most like your friend Mike. This shows your true gang colors and we want in. God speed to the cause, paddle, and safe journey to the tribe on the way over. Love Kim and James
Bob Bride $50.00
Anonymous $100.00

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