Showing posts with label Dana Point. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dana Point. Show all posts

Monday, March 29, 2010

Woman SUP paddles 40 miles for breast cancer fundraiser

When Jodie Nelson felt exhaustion set in as she dug her paddle into the cold ocean, she would look down at the top of her Stand Up Paddleboard for motivation.

There read the names of loved ones who have passed away or have battled breast cancer – and those people were the reasons why Nelson was attempting what no woman had done before.

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Jodie Nelson gets a hug from Shaney Darden as she arrives at Baby Beach in Dana Point on a stand-up paddle board after a 9 1/2 hour paddle from Catalina Island on March 28, 2010. She is the first woman to paddle from Catalina to Dana Point, a 40-mile trek, on a stand up paddle. Her goal was to raise money for breast cancer.

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Donations go toward Keep a Breast Foundation and Boarding for Breast Cancer. Nelson’s goal is to raise $100,000, and as of Sunday afternoon had raised about $8,000. To donate, go to

In an attempt to raise awareness and money for breast cancer education, Nelson paddled nearly 40 miles from Catalina to Dana Point on Saturday, a feat that only three or so men – one being famous waterman Laird Hamilton — have successfully completed.

"I wanted to go out there and do something that was big and overwhelming ... and something I had a good chance of failing at. It's nothing compared to what they go through," she said. "They don't give up."

After watching helplessly as close friend Angela Robinson become ill from breast cancer and chemotherapy treatments, Nelson wanted to somehow show support.

At first, Robinson didn't like the dangerous idea. But she soon realized there was no talking Nelson out of it.

Nelson trained hard, spending long days paddling along the coast. About two weeks her trainer and good friend Steve Adler died from an aneurysm – making the paddle that much more emotional.

She started the paddle at about 6:15 a.m., hours earlier than others doing a relay as part of the Ohana Ocean Catalina Challenge. She was the only person doing a solo paddle.

A few hours in, a 30-foot gray whale came up beside her board – at first startling Nelson and the boat crew.

The whale – dubbed Larry – was close enough that she could have pet it with her paddle. He started making bubbles beneath her, fluking, and showing his tummy to her. The whale stayed with her for about an hour and a half.

"It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life," she said.

Not once during the paddle did she ask the time, or how far she had gone.

But after 8 hours and 51 minutes of paddling, loved ones cheered as they saw her coming to the finish line at Baby Beach. Her son Taylor, 15, held a sign that read: "I'm Jodie's biggest fan."

When she got close to shore, she lifted her paddle in victory, then threw it up in the air.

"I'm pretty sure, besides the birth of my son, this was the most monumental day of my life," she said.

For Robinson, watching Nelson ....

Posted via web from The Newport Beach Lifestyle

Thursday, March 25, 2010

$25 million Strand home hovers over ocean

The priciest home for sale in Dana Point, located at the Strand at Headlands, has ocean views that will make your jaw drop.

I would know, I was there myself.

And yes, my jaw dropped more than once.

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Just upon entering the home at 47 Strand Beach Drive from the front door, the ocean fills the back windows of the home and the sound of the surf is crashing outside.

This home is listed at $24,999,000, and I must admit, I was skeptical of the high price (and still am, given the nature of the wounded luxury market) from just looking at the photos. But after seeing the home in person, I didn’t even recognize it from the photos I saw beforehand.

This home is breathtaking and cohesive, down to the textures used throughout.

Once you step outside, you literally feel like the ocean is directly beneath you. An infinity pool gives way to the crashing white water just outside the house. Words cannot describe the enormity of the ocean view, since it engulfs you from the home’s patio.

Though the custom home has been on the market for 49 days now, listing agent Mo Dawn says that the home was just completed.

Featuring a Cape Cod theme, the home is light and airy. Architect Chris Light designed the home, and the details throughout reflect the desire to style the home for an artist.

This listing has nine pages of amenities listed, but I’ll just list the more notable ones.

  • 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 powder rooms, 9,700-square-feet
  • Hickory floors
  • Verde Van Gogh granite fireplace
  • Disappearing doors in the family room to the outdoor terrace
  • Pool/spa
  • Elevator
  • 4-car garage
  • Capiz shell chandelier in stairwell
  • Art/yoga studio
  • Direct beach access
  • Laundry room on all 3 levels

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Posted via web from The Newport Beach Lifestyle

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