Fitness For A Cause: Paddling For Nature with Panda Paddle

The World Wildlife Fund hosts an annual paddling event for “to save the planet’s wild waters and natural places”. Whether you paddle on a kayak, canoe, or a standup paddleboard, an amateur or a pro, as long as you’re a nature lover, you can participate in this event that raises funds to continue WWF’s work to conserve and protect our natural resources.


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This event which typically takes place in San Diego will be handled differently this year because of COVID-19. You can choose to participate in the recreational paddle or the virtual competition. Here are the rules:

Recreational paddle

Nature provides a solace that has never been more important to our physical and mental health. The recreational paddle is a way to connect with nature by being in it.

How you paddle is entirely up to you:

  • You can standup paddleboard (SUP), kayak, canoe, surfski, etc..
  • You can go for a short paddle around your favorite lake or you can challenge yourself to paddle further than you ever have before.
  • You can paddle alone or socially distanced out on the water with friends and family.

However you decide to participate, you are encouraged to get out on the water and experience the calming power of nature while you raise funds to protect it.


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Virtual competition

You can sign up for either a 5K course or a 10K course and use a fitness tracker to keep track of your time.

For standup paddlers, race director and SUP legend Anthony Vela is on board to share virtual training videos to get you race ready!

And as always, the funds you raise as part of this event will help protect our ocean, fresh water, forests and all living things.

It’s not too late to register for this event, its third taking place on August 21st-23rd. To learn more or sign up, go to

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