12 Hour Open Water World Record Attempt

12 Hour Open Water World Record Attempt

The record we are going for is: “Farthest distance by stand up paddleboard (SUP) in 12 hours (open water).” Chris Bertish set this record in 2013, and it currently stands at 80.84 miles. By breaking this record, we hope to raise awareness for veteran and first responder suicide rates and raise funds so that we can continue to provide solutions.

We have a two-weekend window September 3-5 or 10-12 to make the attempt. The day this attempt happens on is completely weather dependent. We will be looking for sustained winds over 20 knots out of the north or the south. If conditions line up we will have 6+ foot waves on Lake Michigan setting up for a perfect 12 hour long downwind run! 

Josh Flath our president, Waterman, and Navy veteran will be making this attempt. He will need to average 6.74 mph or better to beat the record on the books!! Please join us in cheering him on as he makes history and helps break the stigma associated with suicide, mental health, and asking for help. 

This paddle is not open to the public although we will be livestreaming portions and you will be able to track Josh in real time as he makes this journey! We will post a link as soon as the attempt begins (follow our Facebook for the most up to date information). If you would like to help us make this event successful, we are looking for a few volunteers who are comfortable being on the big water for extended periods of time. You will be on a 36ft Charter boat courtesy of The Office Boat Charters If you are interested please send us an email at Info@4THE22.Life

We are looking for donations, sponsors, and corporate partners to make this event possible. If you are interested, please reach out. Thank you in advance for helping us bring balance to life. If you would like to donate, use the link in the menu above. If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor a PDF is attached below with information. please reach out to Info@4THE22.Life with any inquiries. 4THE22 is completely volunteer based 100% of proceeds go towards bringing balance to our veterans’ lives.

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