Most miles paddled in 24 hours on Stand Up Paddle Board-world record set by Justin DeBree
COCOA BEACH, FL, USA
-- Justin DeBree, a 27-year-old surfer from Cocoa Beach,
set the new world record for the most miles paddled in
24 hours: 49 miles from Stuart,FL, to the Sebastian Inlet,FL
(between 0800 June 23 - 0900 June 24, 2008). He did this for
awareness to the World
Skin Cancer Foundation.
Photo: "This journey was done completely
on the board you see in the picture, all while standing, and
all under the power of nothing but me and my single bladed
"I couldn’t think of a better way to bring
attention to the World Skin Cancer Foundation, the Beach Signage
Sun Safety program or this great sport,” said DeBree, a lifelong
surfer and a sales representative for DeWalt
power tools, who used his work vacation time and donated
his salary from DeWALT
for each day of his journey.
Stand up paddle surfing, or SUP, is a surface
water sport, a variant of surfing where the surfer uses a
paddle to move through the water while standing on a surfboard.
The biggest problem Cocoa Beach's Justin DeBree
has faced is weather. "The weather's been so unpredictable,"
said DeBree, who is making the journey without support on
When he has been on the water, anywhere from 50
yards to three miles offshore, with just his feet on the board
and a three-gallon pack on his back, he's basically at the
mercy of the ocean.
"I've seen so much wildlife," said DeBree. It's
been completely entertaining. I've seen tiger sharks. I've
seen tons of tarpon and cobia, I actually had four schools
of cobia follow me. I can't tell you how many turtles I've
seen. It's been unreal."
Over one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed
every year and over 10,000 people die from skin cancer annually.
DeBree's mother, Diana Feast of Jupiter, said
she is proud of her son for promoting skin-cancer awareness
and an active, healthy lifestyle. She admits to being just
a little worried but expected him to complete the trip.
Besides promoting our beach signage, raising
awareness and a little bit of funds, there was something obvious
that supports the feelings of the World
Skin Cancer Foundation. Justin's normally dark tan
was gone. After two weeks of being on the water, Justin had
no evidence of any sun exposure. By using the Slip, Slap,
Slop rules, Justin was able to enjoy the outdoors safer than
Justin DeBree:"Sometimes when you go do
challenges like this, it makes me think everybody can make
a difference, even my little self," he said. "I think it's
going to make me do other things to help the world, as lame
as it may sound. It just makes me want to do more."