2017 DRCF Paddle For A Cause

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation will hold its tenth annual Paddle For A Cause Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The World Paddle Association-sanctioned event has multiple divisions including a grueling 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island, an 8-mile competitive race and two social paddles going eight and four miles through the back bays of Atlantic City. 

Cash Prizes for the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island.

Men's SUP 14', Women's SUP 14', Open Prone Unlimited
1st - $1000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250

*Prizes are contingent upon event sponsorship. If a presenting sponsor is not secured no prize money will be awarded. To learn more about how your business can become a sponsor please visit thedrcf.org

Event Details:
The 22.5-mile paddle around Absecon Island pits racers against one another to raise money for cancer while experiencing breathtaking views of the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk and Lucy the Elephant. 

New this year is a competitive 8-mile race through the back bays.

The eight-mile and four-mile fun paddles are social experiences designed to help expand the sport of standup paddleboarding in South Jersey. 

Registration is now open for all paddle divisions. Paddlers are required to raise a minimum of $200 prior to entry. Click here to create your fundraising page. The open division welcomes outrigger canoes, kayaks, surf skis and teams of paddlers. See thedrcf.org for information. 

The event was founded in 2008 by Mike May and he designed the course to challenge competitors both mentally and physically and he adopted much of the course from the former Atlantic City Ocean Marathon, known locally as the “Round-the-Island-Swim.”

Once again will are welcoming all paddlers to come out and paddle in one of our many paddle classes and help raise much-needed funds for individuals battling cancer.

There are three WPA-sanctioned race divisions for standup paddleboards - men 14-foot stock, women 14-foot stock and open prone unlimited.

Other paddlers that are welcome in the open division will include outrigger canoes, race kayaks, surf skis and team’s consisting of two but no more than six paddlers in unlimited standup paddleboard.

Check-in for the 22.5-mile race begins at 6:30 a.m. with the race to begin at 8 a.m. 
The 8-mile race registration will run 8:15-9:15 a.m. with the race to begin at 9:30. 
The 4-mile and 8-mile fun paddles and 8-mile team relay race will register 8:15-9:30 a.m. with race to begin at 10 a.m. 

The after party is at 4 p.m. at The Deck at Golden Nugget, entry is included with registration. After party admission is $25 for all others and includes food, entertainment and awards ceremony. 

The Paddle for a Cause is a charity event whose proceeds assist people who are battling cancer. In the event of race or fun paddle cancellation due to weather the funds raised are not refundable. 

Email info@thedrcf.com or see thedrcf.org for information.

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation promotes cancer awareness and assists individuals battling cancer both emotionally and financially. To date, the foundation has raised more than $600,000 and donates 90 percent of its funds to individuals and organizations including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center and AtlantiCare Cancer Center.

The foundation was created in 2001 when Dean Randazzo, a professional surfer from Atlantic City, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Since successfully battling the disease four times, Dean continues his competitive professional surfing career, proudly representing the Garden State all over the world. The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation is a New Jersey Non Profit and 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Donations by check should be made payable to DRCF and mailed to P.O. Box 149, Somers Point, NJ 08244. 

Day of registration / paddler check in 
June 10, 2017 - Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City
Registration area is located at the rear of ground parking lot 

6:30-7:45 a.m.
Registration 22.5-mile race

Please Arrive Early - Course direction will be determined the day before the race depending on the wind forecast.  We will send an email to all paddlers on Friday with the course direction. This is subject to change the morning of the paddle

7:45 a.m. 

Pre-paddle meeting for 22.5-mile race

All paddlers must be on their boards for announcements regarding course direction, safety and any other last minute changes.

7:50 a.m. 

Group photo
All Paddlers on the water for a group photo.

7:55 a.m.

National Anthem

The National Anthem will be played

8 a.m.

22.5-mile around-the-island paddle start

This grueling 22.5-mile race is not for the faint of heart and is a WPA sanctioned competition. Please be sure you have the proper experience level to attempt this paddle. Support boats will be traveling with paddlers. If you cannot finish the race you must exit on a support boat - due to safety risks please do not exit the race via land. Failure to comply with these rules will result in exclusion from the after party and future events.

8:15-9:15 a.m. 

8-mile race registration

8:15-9:30 a.m.

4-mile and 8-mile fun paddle registration

9:15 a.m.

8-mile racers on the water meeting

All paddlers must be on their boards for announcements regarding course direction.

9:30 a.m.

8-mile race start

9:45 a.m.

8-mile and 4-mile on the water meeting

10 a.m. 

8-mile and 4-mile fun paddle start

8-mile paddle race: This paddle is all back bay but still challenging. You will start out against an outgoing tide. You paddle to the Wonder Bar , this is your turn point.(Just south of the Albany Ave. Bridge.)  Then you can ride the tide home!  There will be a water station on the dock. Please be aware of boat traffic, this is a very popular spot for boaters.

8-mile fun paddle and team relay: Create a team of 2-6 paddlers and participate in a relay style fun paddle. Teams will compete to raise the most funds and the winner will receive bragging rights and a commemorative plaque. Paddling alone? Join in the fun and make the 8-mile round trip.

4-mile paddle: This is a one way trip to the bar and is mainly social in nature. There will be a jitney and board transportation provided for you at the Wonder bar.  You will be required to give your name and number to the volunteer at the Wonder bar. We will check you in as off the course. Do not paddle back once you have checked in, you must take the jitney back to the Golden Nugget.

Please review the attached WPA rulebook. These are the rules sanctioned by the World Paddle Association and must be adhered to.

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For A Cause WPA Sanctioned Race Divisions are:

The race will be timed by division and gender.

– One (1) class 14′ or under:  MENS
– One (1) class 12’6″ or under:  MENS

– One (1) class 14′ or under:  WOMENS
– One (1) class 12’6″ or under:  WOMENS

– One (3) PRONE paddle classes, 12′ stock, 14′ stock and Unlimited

The prize money will be awarded to the following divisions.

Mens 14′ (or under) SUP

Womens 14′ (or under) SUP

Prone – unlimited open

1st – $1000

2nd – $500

3rd – $250

Open Division
kayaks, outrigger canoe, surf ski and lifeguard boats

Please allow the faster racers to start first. Anyone in the open division not on an SUP or prone must start behind the racers.  Thank you for your understanding.

*Prizes are contingent upon event sponsorship. If a presenting sponsor is not secured no prize money will be awarded. To learn more about how your business can become a sponsor please visit thedrcf.org

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Paul Giunta1SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jason Howell2SUP 14'18-49Guy
Ryan White3Prone 14'18-49Guy
Jonny Skolnick7Prone Unlimited18-49Guy
Sean Duffey10SUP 14'18-49Guy
Josette Lata11SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Sofiya Lebedeva16Prone Stock18-49Girl
Chris Digger Atlee18SUP 14'18-49Guy
Tom Forkin19SUP 14'50+Guy
Dave Allison4Prone (All)18 and overGuy
Tim Clark5SUP (All)18 and overGuy
Chuck Allison6Open18 and overGuy
Sara Allison Maas8Open18 and overGirl
Alexander Gulea9SUP (All)U17Guy
Danielle Newman17Kayak Sit on Top (1)18 and overGirl
Elizabeth Feinstone20SUP (All)18 and overGirl
Jennifer Boyce12AllAllAll
Jennifer Panetta13AllAllAll
Marsha Worthington14AllAllAll
Valerie Giacobbe15AllAllAll

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Golden Nugget Hotel
Huron & Brigantine Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Jun 10, 2017


Atlantic City, NJ