Stand Up for Veterans 2016

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

September 17th, 2016

In 2015 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 dog – Fin, a Bernese Mountain Dog! 

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking can be great workouts or just something fun to do.  Develop skill and confidence, and join us on Sept 17, 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). NOTE: Author Maria Bax is unable to join us due to a family emergency (9/7/16).  Downunder staff will be leading the program.

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Erik Johnson3SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Mark Carlson6SUP 14'18-49Guy
Eric Diana9SUP 14'18-49Guy
Mark Herman11SUP 14'18-49Guy
Johnny Ryan15SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Cj Emanuelson17SUP 14'18-49Guy
James Rothwell18SUP 14'18-49Guy
Michael Painter21SUP 14'18-49Guy
Sloan Harris24SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Peter Bryniczka25SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Ryan Mims31SUP 14'18-49Guy
Mike Hutchings32SUP 14'18-49Guy
Robert Gerl41SUP 14'18-49Guy
Gail Kotowski43SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Thomas Blackwell47SUP 14'50+Guy
Chiara Adin48SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Nicole Iacovetta54SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Ross Stevens55SUP 14'50+Guy
John Kutner56SUP 14'18-49Guy
Scott Harper10SUP 14'18-49Guy
Sean Houlihan12SUP Surfboard18-49Guy
Maria Amendolia13SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Andrea Caldwell14SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Mark Hawkins16SUP 14'50+Guy
Zach Rothwell19SUP 14'U17Guy
Nina Hyde20SUP Surfboard50+Girl
Jurgen Stoop22SUP 14'18-49Guy
Joe Galiatsatos23SUP 14'18-49Guy
Maureen Pfeiffer26SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Denise Aksoy27SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Dawn Rudenko Albert28SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Johnny Cusato30SUP Surfboard18-49Guy
John Munro34SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Keith Stephan36SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Caity Van Camp37SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Catherine Knuff38SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
John Knuff39SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Judy Lambert42SUP 14'50+Girl
Brad Fallon44SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Nikki Fuentes45SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Reid Smith50SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Missy Seymour51SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Denise Deluca52Sea Kayak50+Girl
Margaret Havekotte53SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Justine Anderson1Prone (All)18-49Girl
Kristin Anderson2SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Debbie Treat4SUP 14'18-49Girl
Lise Polard5SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Lori Brennan7SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Carmen Martinez8SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Julianne Smith29Prone (All)50+Girl
Jackie Steed33SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Molly Smith35SUP SurfboardU17Girl
Annie Wendel40SUP Surfboard18-49Girl
Allie Neugebauer46SUP 12'6"U17Girl
Deirdre Childs49SUP 12'6"18-49Girl

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


Sep 17, 2016


Westport, CT