SUFC grew even further while returning to its extreme roots. Ottawa, Kingston and Petawawa all increased in attendance and on September 2nd, 2015 two longtime SUFC participants Jodi Bigelow and Louise Cabana accompanied Duncan Keith as they paddled across Lake Ontario. The three paddlers followed the official lake Ontario swim route of 52 kms enduring a record-breaking temperature of 40 degrees with the humidex. Stand Up for CHEO was successful once again with almost 200 participants and raised $32,000
In 2014 Ottawa saw two days of events including a SUP Ontario Race Series event on Saturday July 5th and the traditional Community Paddle on Sunday July 6th. We also added two sister events with Community Paddles in Kingston and Petawawa. All locations offered unique experiences within the familiar community paddle format geared toward all levels of paddlers. We drew a combined total of 150 paddlers and donated $25,000 to CHEO.
In 2013 the event was made more accessible to all levels of paddlers with the creation of two new distances; 5 km and 12 km in addition to the previous year’s 18 km. Trailhead Paddle Shack Ottawa became Title Sponsor and with the kind help of other sponsors SUFC grew to a new level. 75 paddlers departed Mooney’s Bay together and completed their individual distances while raising $10,000 for CHEO.
We modified the event in 2012 to make it more local and more accessible to draw more paddlers. SUFC became an 18km paddle along the historic Rideau Canal through Ottawa's downtown core with the start and finish at Mooney’s Bay Beach, Ottawa. Over 30 paddlers joined Matt and Duncan in 2012, raising money for CHEO while having a fun time and meeting new friends.
In 2011 SUFC was opened up to other paddlers and the route was modified to a distance of 140 km. Six adverturous paddlers joined Duncan and Matt for various legs of this three day event. Duncan and Matt and Tara Hamilton completed the full three-day trip, arriving at Mooney’s Bay, Ottawa.
The first SUFC started out at Westport Marina in Westport ON and ended 3 days later at the north end of the Riday Canal at the Chateau Laurier in downtown Ottawa, Canada. Paddling an average of 50 kms a day our team completed an impressive 150 kms along the scenic Rideau lake system and Rideau Canal.