3rd Annual Stand Up for Veterans Charity Event

A Kayaking and Paddle Boarding Fundraiser to Improve the Quality of Life of Our Veterans

July 8th, 2017

In 2016 we raised $3,937 through donations, registration fees and sponsorships, benefiting Companions For Heroes a 501c that provides therapy dogs to Veterans. Our sincere thanks to everyone that participated and supported this event, in particular, our main sponsor Fairfield County Bank. This year we have already raised over $4,000 and hope to greatly increase that number as we get closer to the event!

We continue to support Companions For Heroes and have added Help Our Military Heroes, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides adaptive minivans for disabled Veterans (read more about this amazing local organization)

At Downunder, we see on a regular basis the calming and healing power of the water, how it reduces stress and relaxes people, and animals.  We are huge supporters of getting people and dogs on the water.  We even have our own store mascot – Fin, a Bernese Mountain Dog! 

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking can be great workouts or just something fun to do. Both help to develop skill, confidence, and a feeling of empowerment. Join us on July 8th, recreationally or competitively!

  • 8am Registration
  • 9am Pre Race Meeting
  • 9:30am - 6m racers depart – upriver to the Westport Bridge, twice. Buoys and kayakers will guide racers
  • 9:45am - 3m racers depart – upriver to the Westport Bridge and back to the dock
  • 10am - recreational paddlers depart – 1 hour fun paddle downriver to the Clipper B, and back to the dock
  • 11:30am lunch donated by local restaurants 
  • 12pm awards
  • 1pm How to SUP with Your Pup. A 1 hour program in which we assist you with getting your dog out on the water to enjoy a high tide paddle. You must be experienced and paddling.  Dogs under 100lbs or less.  $50 – donation to causes (also free to Veterans). 

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Samantha Gesuele2SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Mark Carlson6SUP 14'18-49Guy
Kyle Borsare7SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Erik Johnson8SUP 14'18-49Guy
George Havranek10SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Jon Warner11SUP 14'18-49Guy
Linda Chiofar18SUP 14'50+Girl
Rich Jessop22SUP 14'50+Guy
Jack Egan23SUP 14'50+Guy
Mike Hutchings31SUP 14'18-49Guy
Chiara Adin33SUP 14'18-49Girl
Paul Griffin34SUP 14'18-49Guy
Johnny Ryan37SUP 14'18-49Guy
Michael Painter38SUP 14'18-49Guy
Mark Herman40SUP 14'18-49Guy
Robyn Rutkiewicz47SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Robert Gerl50SUP 14'18-49Guy
Thomas Blackwell52SUP 14'50+Guy
Eric Fox55SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Josette Lata64SUP 14'18-49Girl
Ed O'kinsky65SUP 14'50+Guy
Leo Palumbo70SUP 14'50+Guy
Jason Rogers72SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Jaimie Clout1SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Sara Bliss3SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Andrea Caldwell4SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Kim Schive9SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Kathy Warner12SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Sean Houlihan13SUP 14'18-49Guy
Andrew Bacon14SUP Surfboard18-49Guy
Bill Harper15SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Mark Hawkins16SUP 14'50+Guy
Kim Hawkins17SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Nikki Fuentes19SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Travis Dean20SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Eric Diana21SUP 14'18-49Guy
Maria Amendolia28SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Randy Bourne35SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Peter Wright36SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Renee Delmolino39SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Bob Raidt41SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Peter Bryniczka43SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Alexandra Tremaine44SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Kathryn Ierubino45SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Laura Schmitt48SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Scott Harper49SUP 14'18-49Guy
Annie Wendel53SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Jay Tini57SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Libby Alexander58SUP 12'6"50+Girl
John Almy59SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Johnny Cusato60SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Joe Migliorino61SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Paul Luciano63Sea Kayak18-49Guy
Kc Caldwell66SUP Surfboard18-49Guy
Julianne Smith68SUP SurfboardU17Girl
Melissa Stavrides71SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Mike Delmolino73SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Joanne Saad74SUP Surfboard50+Girl
Laurie Hollander5SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Allyson Deroin24SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Scott Saradin25SUP Surfboard18-49Guy
Jennifer Mongeluzo26SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Roseanne Sanders27SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Tara Stone29SUP 14'18-49Girl
Jackie Bernson30SUP 14'18-49Girl
Ashley Sanders32Prone (All)18-49Girl
Kevin Mctigue42SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Lisa Pesce46SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Stephanie Schwartz51SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
David Mychajluk54SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Izzy Tremaine56SUP SurfboardU17Girl
Diana Kuen62Prone (All)18-49Girl
Katie Caldwell67SUP SurfboardU17Girl
Julianne Smith68SUP Surfboard50+Girl
Emma Caldwell69SUP SurfboardU17Girl
Maya Renkert75SUP SurfboardU17Girl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

6 mile course: $50
Upriver to the Westport bridge, back to a buoy in front of the Downunder dock, back to the bridge, finishes at the Downunder dock.

3 mile course: $40
Upriver to the Westport bridge and back to the Downunder dock.
1 mile course: $25
Downriver to the Chipper B yacht – marked with a buoy and back to the dock – this is a fun paddle, not necessarily a race.

How to SUP With Your Pup clinic $50 - A 1-hour program in which we assist you with getting your dog out on the water to we enjoy a high tide paddle. $50 – donation to causes (also free to Veterans).  Must have experience, and dog 100lbs or less.

Pricing (All events free for Veterans)
575 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT


Jul 8, 2017


Westport, CT