Port Dover, ON, August 25, 2019 — Saturday's high winds on Lake Erie made for grueling
conditions for three stand-up paddle-boarders taking part in the 30 km Lake Erie
Challenge fundraiser from Long Point to Port Dover. The fourth Lake Erie Challenge
athlete, Daniel Zin, had to abandon and reschedule his attempt to swim the 30 km
distance due to what his coach Josh Reid described as "washing-machine conditions."
What was anticipated to be a three- to five-hour paddle for experienced, long-distance
boarders Tyler Backus, Jonah Logan and Josh Austin ended up taking them 7.5 hours.
"This was one of the hardest paddles both physically and mentally for any of us
because of the conditions," says Backus. "Glad to say we finished our 35 km paddle
yesterday in some horrible headwinds. It was a grind but quite the experience. We
earned our drinks on the patio afterwards!"
Daniel Zin and his support crew of six arrived by boat to his start location at
the tip of Long Point on Saturday morning, but then had to make the difficult decision
to call the swim off. "From the beach in Dover, you wouldn't know just how rough
it was out there," says Zin's coach, Josh Reid. "But five kilometres out, we were
encountering six-foot waves. Our pontoon boat was having a hard time of it, so just
imagine swimming. The 30 km distance, already three times longer than any distance
Dan has swum, would have easily felt like 60 swimming against those waves."
Daniel Zin will reattempt his 30 km crossing on Saturday, September 7th. The athletes
have teamed up with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance to raise funds for Lake Erie
clean-up and protection efforts. For more information and to make a donation, visit
About the CANADIAN FRESHWATER ALLIANCE (freshwateralliance.ca): The Canadian Freshwater
Alliance builds, connects and supports freshwater initiatives across Canada. We
work with NGOs, community groups, governments and businesses to strengthen citizen
voices and participation in protecting our lakes and rivers. We are a project of
Tides Canada's shared platform (http://tidescanada.org/).