Cape Cod Bay Challenge Tomorrow

Friday, August 16, 2013 - Tomorrow, in the pre-dawn 4am darkness, a hard core group of 100 marathon SUPers will be launching from Long Beach in Plymouth to paddle across Cape Cod Bay to Mayo Beach in Wellfleet. The 34 mile crossing is estimated to take between 10-12 hours. Saturday's forecast is for the wind to shift from NW to NE making for bumpy cross-chop and head wind. It'll be tough. It'll be tiring. But at the end of the paddle there's a fantastic party. You don't have to paddle to be part of the action - the party is open to everyone... but space is limited. Advance tickets for the party are no longer available but a limited number of tickets can be had at the event itself. People begin gathering at Mayo around noon. The first paddlers are expected to arrive around 3:30pm

The CCBC's primary goal is to raise money for Christopher’s Haven. Learn more about the CCBC and its event series at their website.


Cape Cod Shark Paddle


When: August 19th 2013 8-11am
Where: Town Cove, Orleans
5 Old County Rd Orleans, MA 02653
Landing between Goose Hummock and Orleans Inn (see map below)

Benefiting: Shark research funded by The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
Sponsors: MoreBeach, N.E.Surf, Eastern Surfing Association, Bic Sport USA, Goose Hummock, McCray Painting, Vec Surfboards, SICKDAY.
Event Description: SUP races for beginners and experts. Use a board from Bic (10 available on 1st come basis) or bring your own.

  • 7 am REGISTRATION BEGINS (you must be registered 20 minutes before race)
  • 8 am start FIRST BEGINNER RACE (1/2 mile in Town Cove)
  • 8:30 am start SECOND BEGINNER RACE (1/2 mile in Town Cove)
  • 9:30 am start OPEN RACE (2 miles around Hopkins Island in Town Cove)
  • Pre Register HERE

CC Shark paddle map and Race Courses

You will be asked to sign the waiver below before you race.


Registration Donation
T-Sirt Size
Race Choice

Contact Jane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.



I hereby release and waive Morebeach, Inc.,, sponsors, volunteers and any other persons or organizations officially connected with this Event and their members, agents, successors and assigns ("Organizers and Contributors") from any and all liabilities for personal injury, losses or property damage that might occur during my participation in and travel to or from this event. This waiver also extends to injuries or damages resulting from any physical impairment or defect I may have, whether known or unknown to me. I assert that I am physically able to enter this event. I agree that the Organizers and Contributors are under no obligation to provide a physical examination or other evidence of my fitness to participate in this event; that is solely my responsibility. I also give permission for the free use of my name and picture in any broadcast, telecast or other written account of the event. I agree to abide by all the rules and regulations involved in this event. I understand that if I do not comply with the expected rules, regulations and conduct myself in a sportsmanlike manner, I will be disqualified with a forfeiture of all entry/donation monies.

Furthermore, I agree to keep myself posted on any schedule changes that may occur and understand it is my responsibility to do so.

Must be 14 years or older to enter (if you are under 18 your affirmation of this Agreement has been approved by your parent or guardian).

Participant's name _______________________ Guardian's name_______________________

I confirm that I am over 18 years old and signify acceptance of the terms of this Waiver and Release from Liability on behalf of myself or the minor I am responsible for.



Event Location:

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Shark Paddle T-Shirt



Cape Cod Shark Paddle


"The NE Summer"

August 2nd 2012 - "The NE Summer" is a video in progress that follows two surfboards as they travel across New England during the summer of 2013. One board is a 5'6" Mini Simmons shaped by Jon Wong ("Chino"), a Boston based shaper who's at the beginning of his career. The other board is a 9'6" 3-stringer longboard shaped by Cape Codder Shawn Vecchione ("Vec"), who's shaped over 10,000 boards and is at the top of his game.

You can try the boards tomorrow at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet from 7:30am to noon. The next stop will be in Rhode Island on either Thursday or Friday August 8 or 9.

The video is being shot by Justin Lynch, Mike Marks and others. See a preview here:

More Cape Erosion

The recent long lived nor'easter added to the damage from February's blizzard. Cape Cod is shrinking before our eyes. How many years until the Nauset Beach parking lot disappears completely? Five? Ten? All around its edges, from Sandwich to Provincetown, from Truro to Chatham, the Cape is smaller this year than last. We aren't as desperate as peoples in Micronesia who are watching their entire countires become submerged, but things are changing fast. In the not too distant future, roads that we use regularly will be regularly submerged at high tide. More and more homes built close to the water's edge will be abandoned. There's no question about it.

In the near future we'll likely see more blizzards, like the one we had in February, more hurricanes like Sandy.

In today's NYTimes Thomas Friedman writes yet again about the benefits of a carbon tax. I'm in whole hearted agreement. But even if we miraculously managed to implement such a tax, it wouldn't change much. The Chinese and the Indians want to live the same comfortable lives we live - they want air conditioning and cars and meat. Moreover, the thermostat dial has been reset, the heat pump is on and it will take a long time to turn off. Life on earth will fundamentally change if we wait for conservation measures and green energy alternatives to be implemented effectively.

Geoengineering solutions are risky, but if the alternative is waterworld, we earthlings will surely grab them. I'd like to see the topic of geoengineering come out of the shadows, beginning with serious discussion of carbon sequestration.

Nat'l Seashore Erosion

Erosion at National Seashore beaches from Feb 9-11 nor'easter: