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Lake Erie, USA- Imagine, doing something that pushes you physically and mentally to the breaking point. Being on a paddle board for over 28 hours straight with 4-6 foot waves. Temperatures hovering near freezing and not being able to take a breaks due to risk of hypothermia. Paddling through pouring rain for seven hours, lighting […]

80 Mile Lake Erie Crossing Draws Near!

Group plans fundraising $10,000 for the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research Detroit, MI– This June three men, Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy, plan to paddleboard across Lake Erie, traversing international waters, rough waves, and dodging toxic algae blooms, all in an effort to raise awareness of Great Lakes environmental issues. They’ll begin […]

Beach Clean-up a Success!

We have something really special and we need to take care of it,” says Sophia Christian, an 8th grader at Cherryland Middle School in Elk Rapids.  Today students around the world and here in Northern Michigan are learning about the importance of Earth Day. Some stay inside and discuss what’s going on in the world […]


lk Rapids, MI- On April 27, two 8th grade girls, Sophia Christian and Paige Peters from Cherryland Middle school, plan to stand-up paddleboard the treacherous Straits of Mackinac. They chose this path because of the big waves, powerful currents and because it is one of the most iconic areas in Michigan. (Paige in red, Sophia in blue>>) They plan on paddling the five miles […]

Lake Superior Crossing Complete

Traverse City – Three Michigan men have completed a daunting journey across Lake Superior by paddleboard. Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy set off Tuesday from Sinclair Cove in Canada and arrived at Whitefish Point in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Wednesday morning. The 60-mile paddleboard trip is part of a goal to fundraise $20,000 […]

Superior Paddle!!!

Three Stand-up Guys to Cross Lake Superior on Paddle Boards Group plans to raise more than $10,000 for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society Traverse City, MI — This July three men, Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy, will attempt something that has never been done—to paddleboard across Lake Superior, the largest, coldest, and […]

December Newsletter is Here!!!

Thank you everyone for your patients on the release of our SUFGL newsletter! Between planning our next lake crossing across Lake Superior, and doing speeches at local Elementary and Middle Schools, we have been pretty busy! Here is our newsletter, and we hope you enjoy it! Please consider joining our team by donating today! PS. […]

Lake Huron Crossing Complete!

After two years of planning and a 90-mile journey across Lake Huron, we can finally say we did it! Paddlers on the trip were Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris, and Jeff Guy. The trip started at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan and ended in Tobermory, Ontario at the Fathom Five National Park. […]

We Crossed The Straits!

A group of Cherryland Middle School 8th grade students, along with SUFGL, successfully crossed the Mackinaw Straits, April 22nd. The paddle took us just under two hours. Gordie Lafontaine and Kadin Patterson were the students and raised just over four thousand dollars! With currents exceeding Niagra Falls and water temps below 40 degrees, training and […]

Group set to cross Straits with students

In late April, a group of Cherryland Middle School 8th grade students will attempt to cross the Straits of Mackinac by stand-up paddleboard. It all began with Cherryland Middle School’s (Elk Rapids Public Schools) International Baccalaureate 8th Grade Community Project program. Students Gordie Lafontaine and Kadin Patterson were inspired by their science teacher Kwin Morris’ […]

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