"The Paddle For Hope is a celebration of life. Our goal is to give back some strength and confidence to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and give them the chance to start healing through paddleboarding"
- Karin Horen, Paddle For Hope Ambassador.
SUP Fitness Instructor and mother-of-three, Karin Horen first had breast cancer at the age of 26. When she recovered, she made a promise to help others on the same journey, and in 2011, together with volunteers and Starboard NZ, Karin initiated the annual Starboard Paddle For Hope Charity event; a fun stand up paddling festival where everyone dresses up in pink to raise money and awareness for breast cancer rehabilitation.
In 2014 Karin had breast cancer for the second time, and underwent a double mastectomy, harsh chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments and reconstructive surgery, all the while using paddle-boarding to help her recover.
The pink paddle features artwork from The Painted Warrior, by NZ artist Nikki Sorich. In the original painting she sits gracefully in a small paper boat on which is written by her child -“love, hope, courage, faith and family”- words chosen to represent a woman’s journey with breast cancer, and echoed through symbols in the artwork, such as the Maori headband woven to represent her ancestors and family. The Koru is a symbol of growth, strength and peace that also resembles ocean waves, and the dove – for hope. The Painted Warrior is returning from a journey. Victorious.
ENDUROSURF AND FLAT WATER
This amazing allround blade suits anyone from World wave rider champion Zane Schweitzer to entry level flat water paddling.
The direct, powerful and precise paddle shape is all you need to take your stroke from zero to hero. As the wide lower part helps create a maximum efficiency area even if your stroke is not yet deep enough into the water. That wide lower part is also great to lean on for stability in the waves and has won 3 world titles in the last 2 years.
• The Enduro is more direct in the water: the first catch feels incredibly precise and powerful. Increased cadence due to a smoother waterflow around the blade.
• Low aspect design makes it easy to lift out of the water with each stroke and also great to lean on while wave riding.
ENDURO M BLADE
Blade Length: 19.2"
Blade Width: 8.1"
S40 – BALANCE
– A balance in performance between stiffness and flex.
*Some images show different Tiki Tech paddle options. Paddle for Hope is the pink paddle.