STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING: Inaugural race makes a splash by raising $128k for Surrey hospital facility

'Champions of the Crescent' event was held Sunday at Blackie Spit Park in South Surrey

Mike Kask (right) hands plaque to Danny Ching

SOUTH SURREY — The inaugural Champions of the Crescent stand-up paddleboard race raised a cool $128,000 for charity.

Funds generated at the event, held Sunday (July 24) at Blackie Spit Park in South Surrey, will go toward funding a new youth mental-health facility called CAPSU, scheduled to open in 2017 at Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre.

More than 200 paddlers took to the waters for competitive and corporate races.

Danny Ching (PICTURED) won the men’s 10K race in a time of 41 minutes, 16 seconds, with Norm Hann placing second with a time of 41:52.

In the women’s 10K race, Lina Augaitis won in 46:14, while second-place finisher Hannah Hill crossed the finish line at 47:39.

Meanwhile, Dwayne Lotnick won the men’s 5K race in a time of 26:12, with Harry Saini placing second in 26:42. On the women’s side, Klara Schwab won the 5K race in 30:40, ahead of Michelle O’Neill’s time of 31:46.

Team KPMG won the event’s corporate race.

Next year’s Champion of the Crescent will be held at Blackie Spit Park on July 23, 2017. More event details are posted at

“We’re so thrilled that so many people joined us (on Sunday) to raise money for such an important cause,” said Jane Adams, president of Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation.

“This race (has) helped towards reaching our goal of equipping Canada’s most progressive children’s mental health unit, the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit. Our amazing participants and our community sponsors have made an incredible contribution towards the lives of so many children and families.”


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