Stand Up Paddle Against Depression: Inspir-Ocean!

For: Wounded Warrior Project
Organizer:, Will Schmidt, Team WillPower, Stand Up Paddle Against Depression, SICMaui, Flow Sports, NEMO Equipment, Swiss Barefoot Co.
Stand Up Paddle Against Depression: Inspir-Ocean!  (Wounded Warrior Project)
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The Story

Aloha, My name is Will Schmidt. I am a former United States Marine, an advocate and survivor of debilitating depression, as well as a pioneer of open ocean, long distance and endurance stand up paddling.

My journey started in 2012 when I became only the 6th person to solo stand up paddle the Catalina Channel of Southern California from Avalon, Catalina to Dana Point, CA, a distance of over 40 miles.

In addition to this achievement, in September of 2013 I solo stand up paddled the inner California Channel Islands Chain from Oxnard, CA to Dana Point, CA consecutively to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. I covered a distance of 225.6 miles, crossed 9 channels, and landed on 6 islands. Escorted by a 34’ Catalina sailboat, we set 5 stand up paddle world records within the span of a week.

It is time to push the envelope again! With the help of SICMaui, Flow Sports, NEMO, and the Swiss Barefoot Co, my new goal is to stand up paddle the West Coast of the United States from Canada to Mexico solo and largely unassisted from May 23rd to July 4th, 2014. Of course this will not be an easy task by any means. I ask for your help as well in order for me to reach this goal. Help me make this first ever attempt for stand up paddling a reality!

As before, I paddle to benefit military service members that suffer from post combat anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury. Any and all proceeds from this venture after reasonable expenses will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Feel free to visit my website,, and click on the banner to watch my Channel Islands documentary film.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 11, 2014

Posted on April 11, 2014

Check out Will's promo video for his latest stand up paddle challenge, a solo paddle of the West Coast of the United States from Canada to Mexico to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Dont forget to check out Will's live interview on KTLA5 News at 9:30pm this Sunday evening, April 13th!

Posted on April 3, 2014

Posted on April 3, 2014

Will Schmidt needs your help by liking sharing and DONATING to his upcoming stand up paddle fundraising adventure, the first solo stand up paddle of the West Coast of the USA from Canada to Mexico. Will is pleased to have the support of trusted brands such as #GUCrew #SICMaui #nemoequipment. Will raises funds for the Wounded Warrior Project and awareness for military servicemembers who suffer from post compat anxiety, depression, traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. AreYouInspiredYet?

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