About This Campaign


My name is Will and I am a local Laguna Niguel resident. For those of you who followed me as I aspired to challenge my body and mind against the elements and stand up paddle the entirety of the Catalina Channel as a solo paddler to benefit anxiety/depression research, here it is! I successfully completed a 45.2 mile nonstop journey from Avalon, Catalina Island to Dana Point Harbor, CA solo on a stand up paddleboard on April 6th, 2013! Why 45 miles? Let’s just say a little wind and fog played a bit of a factor!


I traversed the channel in 10 hours and 15 minutes while burning an estimated 6300 calories. My escort boat, crewed by some very loyal friends, kept a watchful eye on me the entire time and was my inspiration to the finish. All of my statistics were calculated with my Nike+ GPS watch as pictured above.


The motivation behind this undertaking was my history as a U.S. Marine. I have so many friends who have come out of hot zones with severe symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Many symptoms that I suffer from as well although not military related. It is of the utmost importance that I raise awareness for those who suffer from this silent and un-diagnosable disease. I plan to donate every dollar that I raise during my fundraiser to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Even though the paddle has been completed, I will be fundraising until May 1st. I have set a goal of $10,000 however I would love to surpass it and donate as much as possible to the Wounded Warrior Project. Please, please, please feel free to donate as well as post my link on your Facebook, and Twitter pages as well as email as many friends as you can to ask the same of them. You can also email me personally and I will put you on my update list for future events! For edited, and print ready photographs please visit http://imgur.com/a/7yzbg#0 for the full gallery.

------Your favorite California Waterman, Will Schmidt----smitty0313@yahoo.com

For those who would feel more comfortable donating directly to the WWP, click on the "Homepage" icon above and it will link you to my personal WWP final donation site where a deposit can be made directly to them.






donated of $10,000.00 goal

20% Funded

Funding Expired

  1. Donated $50.00 or more

    Official Wounded Warriors Project wristband. (similar to a LiveStrong wristband but without the banned substances)

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  2. Donated $150.00 or more

    I have put on a WWP wristband, wore it across the channel, and will not take it off until someone claims it. Id love to give away my personal battle tested, sweaty, and motivational wristband to the right loving admirer!

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  3. Donated $500.00 or more

    Free 3 hour stand up paddle lesson and tour of Dana Point Harbor with yours truly! All gear included. Heck, Ill even cook you dinner!

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Will Schmidt

Laguna Niguel, United States

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