Well Boo is all jazzed up when I called her last night that we have been given the green light for the Missouri 340. Scott race director has waived the age restriction for her and is allowing her to paddle. At 12, Boo will be the youngest person to paddle the MR340.
We also got outstanding news from Dave Chun owner and manufacturer of Kialoa Paddles. They're going to sponsor Boo in her quest to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Check out Boo's blog, she talks about it in her latest post. Pretty darn cool when sponsorship is drying up in this weakening economy.
As it turns out Dave is a Kailua Boy and still has family out there. I lived in Kailua for 5 years in the late 70's early 80's. He also was a social worker and his wife Meg worked in Special Education (great tie in to peak camp) before starting up Kialoa Paddles seventeen years ago.
There is a lot of positive energy to this new partnership. It all started with a cup of coffee at the Coffee Cat Cafe in Madison where I met up with Ken Koscik. Ken had a fascination with the Kruger Sea Wind on the rack of the Jeep.
One thing lead to another and we were talking Hawaii and sharing paddling stories. Then Ken said, " There is someone you should meet!" Thanks Ken for the introduction!!
Can't wait to start the journey and see where it takes us.
"Insert quote from the movie Casablanca" - The Capt'n