A group of nearly 40 stand-up paddleboarders took to the wavy waters at Fresh Pond Beach on Sunday in Amagansett, raising over $4,000 in an effort to benefit
Organized by Paddlers for Humanity, 38 people comprising 13 teams paddled the three-mile-long journey (typically one mile per person) as team "Main Beach," consisting of Lars Svanberg, Ari Weller and Evelyn O’Doherty, took the best time, finishing in about 35 minutes.
Paddlers for Humanity, a local non-profit, raises funds throughout the year to benefit various causes. Other groups the paddlers have donated to include the Montauk Playhouse and the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center.
“Team Sweeper” - which included John Doyle, Jonathan Shlafer and Michael Williams - took home the men's division, while Shari Hymes, Jessica Bellofatto and Mary Scheerer, a.k.a. "Team Paddle Diva" won the women's title.
Paddlers for Humanity holds its next event on Sept. 15, with the Eighth Annual Block Challenge, an 18-mile open ocean paddle from Montauk Lighthouse to Block Island, R.I.