SEA Paddle’s 4th Annual Paddle

SEA Paddle’s 4th Annual Paddle around New York City will be an exciting, all-day event that boasts everyday athletes, celebrities and professional surfers participating in a 28-mile journey around the most famous city in the world!

While the endurance of the participants and sheer sight of the paddlers is more than impressive, SEA Paddle NYC’s mission is to provide much-needed support for important causes in the world of autism and environmental activism.

Additionally, studly model Lane Carlson, known for his campaigns with Armani, Abercrombie and Fitch and UGG, will be striping down and gearing up for this journey Hudson River with SEA Paddle NYC.

Carlson will be raising funds and awareness for various charities, including Surfer’s Environmental Alliance, Sunflower Children, and Autism Awareness. With a special connection to Sunflower Children, his role as Executive Director allows him to work towards providing disadvantaged children worldwide with the opportunity for a better life.

Check out our exclusive interview with the paddling hottie, and all the great events for SEA Paddle NYC!

Interview with Lane Carlson

Hi, Lane!  Clearly you’re a stud – but what got you into modeling in the first place?
I was discovered in a mall in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. The scout found out I was a twin and soon we were shooting our first international campaign.

What has been one of the most enjoyable modeling gigs that you’ve had?
I’ve traveled all over the world for photo shoots, but one of the most enjoyable gigs was a shoot in my hometown with my entire family. The shoot with my mom, dad, five siblings, nieces and nephews was very entertaining, to say the least! It was fun to share that experience with them.

Where has been the coolest place you’ve gotten to do a photo shoot?
Las Alamandas, Mexico.

On a personal note, what is your connection to Autism Awareness and Sunflower Children?
When I was 14, my family took on an autistic child who was facing being institutionalized. After spending a short time with her, we realized what she lacked the most was a supportive environment. She lived with our family for four years which was a remarkable experience for me at a young age. In our home she had the opportunity to prosper; she graduated high-school and now holds a job in Minnesota. In 2004, this experience led me to help form a charity which backs the value of providing a safe environment for disadvantaged children.

How did you get into paddle surfing? Isn’t that kind of a random sport?
Yes, one of my crazy friends got me into it.

What other sports and/or activities do you enjoy doing?
I am a former college baseball player. I also love volleyball, running, tennis and surfing.

I’m trying to plan my next surfing trip. Where is the best place to go?
It depends on how good you are, haha! Hit Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia one time in your life for a some great surfing.

What are some of your favorite NYC spots?  Restaurants, bars, stores – so we can stalk you.
I’ll have 3 armed body guards to look out for you at all times. No, I’m kidding…

Omen Sushi near my pad
SoHo House
Abe and Arthur’s
Barrow Street Bar to watch games
Brass Monkey
– I just discovered a clothing store in SoHo called Sean, great stuff.

To support Lane in his fundraising efforts, check out his page at:
http://seapaddlenyc.dojiggy.com/carlsonlane

So, there you have it. Come check out Lane getting his paddle on!  See him in action during the race on the Hudson River, or join for the Ultimate Beach Party staring at 3:00 pm and the White Water Evening/Charity Poker Benefit.  There are a lot of great fundraising events involved with this race!

Yours,
Von

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Ultimate Beach Party
Friday, August 13th, 2010
3:00pm – 12:00am

Held at the South Street Seaport’s Water Taxi Beach for elite beach bums that just want to hang out, drink beer, listen to music and watch all the athletes drag themselves out of the East River, this event is for you.

No need to paddle, sweat or stress out. Just hang back and enjoy the spectacle. Who knows… maybe you’ll even get interviewed by the press. Includes: Happy Hour with Live Music, Beer and Cocktails.

This event will also cater to participants and support staff allowing everyone time to refuel with liquids, food and a shower while prepping everyone to take the party to the next level with the White Water Evening.

Tickets:  $40

White Water Evening
Friday, August 13th, 2010
6pm – 12am

Harbour Lights Restaurant
89 South Street
New York, NY  10038
3rd floor of the South Street Seaport

The White Water Evening held on the third floor of the South Street Seaport viewing decks, and catered by the famous Harbour Lights restaurant, also on premises.

The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. cocktail hour, guests are encouraged to wear all-white as they revel in awe viewing the Brooklyn Bridge, lower Manhattan and the East River.

The WWE will include an Award ceremony, silent auction featuring some truly unique one of a kind items, live music, great food and most importantly OPEN BAR.

This will be the East Coast Party of the Year, so skip the Hamptons on Friday and get your tickets early, as the event will surely sell out.

Attendees are encouraged to wear all-white party attire to complement with this year’s white theme.

Per Person = $150
– or White Water VIP = $300
Per Couple = $275
Table of Eight =  $2,100

Charity Poker Benefit
Friday, August 13th, 2010
3pm – 12am

Attendees of this premier event will enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and poker playing. VIP guests will also receive a free pass to our ‘Ultimate Beach Party’ and ‘White Water Evening Gala’.

INCLUDES:
– Ultimate Beach Party ticket
– White Water Evening ticket
– Open Bar
– Fantastic food Catered by Harbour Lights
– Live Music
– Silent & Live Auction
– Great time with Friends
– Free Transportation via SeaStreak Ferry rides to New Jersey

Individual (non playing)  = $250
Individual (playing)  =  $750*
Table of FIVE  (party of 10) =  $3,500*

* Each playing guest gets a non playing companion ticket. All poker players & guests get admission to the Beach Party and White Water Evening.