OCEANPORT, N.J. — Four local business owners will stand-up paddleboard (SUP) from Oceanport Paddle Club to the southern tip of Manhattan 30 miles away on Saturday, June 5, to raise money and awareness for several causes.
The paddlers — Chris Macioch of the Oceanport Paddle Club, John Majeski of SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch and SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry, Jeremy Julio of Last Bite Mosquito and Tick Control and Bryan Zinski of Summa Love, Surfing and Yoga — came up with the idea as a way to challenge themselves physically and mentally, all while supporting organizations they believe in.
“We don’t think a paddle following this route has ever been undertaken,” Majeski said. “It will be a very difficult paddle battling winds, currents, rough water and shipping traffic in the Hudson River, but it will be worth it to raise funds and awareness for our important causes.”
PHOTO: Oceanport Residents pictured, from left, John Majeski, Bryan Zinski, Chris Macioch and Jeremy Julio enjoy a hometown sunset as they strategize how they will adapt their paddling techniques to different current and wind conditions which they might encounter on their stand-up paddleboard (SUP) journey from Oceanport, New Jersey to New York City which will take place on June 5th, 2021.
Majeski is paddling for the Kortney Rose Foundation, an organization dedicated to eradicating pediatric brain tumors. Julio is supporting the Lyme Light Foundation, which supports children and young adults with Lyme disease and raises awareness about the illness. Macioch has chosen CASA of Ocean County, an independent, non-profit organization, whose mission is to advocate for the best interest of the vulnerable children in foster care. Zinski is paddling for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey, who aim to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
For more on the paddle or to contribute to the paddlers’ causes, visit OceanportPaddleClub.com/nj2nyc2021.