MIDDLETOWN, NJ – As one of Middletown’s avid stand-up paddlers, local resident Matt Marks is preparing for one of the world’s most challenging paddling events, SEA Paddle NYC, which takes place Saturday, August 3, and is hosted by the http://www.seasurfer.org/.

 

Marks, a SEA Paddle ambassador and dedicated paddler, will be one of over 100 paddlers from as far away as Hawaii who will glide their way around the waters of Manhattan in a grueling, 25-mile course that traverses some of the world’s most dangerous waters. 

 

In the process, they’ll be raising funds in support of various autism and environmental causes that protect the waters off the New Jersey coast and beyond.  

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This is Marks’ seventh year tackling the event. Marks has been a paddler for fifteen years, but first came across this event while volunteering and decided to join in 2013.

 

“The paddle is an annual step out of my comfort zone - both physically and emotionally,” Marks said.  “During the event, I think about the challenges faced on a daily basis by many special needs men, women and children and it drives me to do my best to help them.”

 

Marks finds his inspiration in the people that the event supports. The autism charities speak to him on a very particularly personal level because Marks’ son has autism. He does it all for them. “Once I’m on the water, I know I can’t let them down. Crossing the finish line is their victory, not mine,” he said.

 

Marks also emphasizes that the race is about determination and never giving up. Marks stated: “While I always try to improve on my time and do the best I can, my ultimate job is to finish and never give up because my job is to race for the charities!”

 

The success of this charity event depends highly on those who volunteer, participate, and donate, and Marks urges people to participate in some way—paddling, volunteering, donating or just spreading the word on their social media.

 

To learn more or register for the event, visit http://seapaddlenyc.org.

 

About Surfers’ Environmental Alliance:

 

SEA (a 501c3) is based in Monmouth County, NJ committed to the preservation and protection of the environmental and cultural elements that are inherent to the sport of surfing. Their goals are achieved through grassroots efforts, community involvement, education and humanitarian efforts. For more information on our organization, the SEA Paddle NYC and our beneficiaries, please visit us at www.Seasurfer.org.