2018 Freedom Bump Chasers M2O Race for Veterans with TBI

The Virginia Beach, VA based three-man paddleboard race team, Freedom Bump Chasers, proudly teamed up in the epic Molokai to Oahu World Championship Paddleboard Race on July 29, 2018. Through the donations from their generous supporters, they raised $3,273 for Coastal Authority Care Foundation. 


The M2O is a grueling 32-mile paddleboard race across the 2,300-foot deep Ka'iwi Channel between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu. This channel is known as the "Channel of Bones," one of the world's most treacherous bodies of water. Competitors must apply to race in the M2O and be selected.


Freedom Bump Chasers want to raise awareness about PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) being two of the most prevalent injuries suffered by our active duty military with roughly 22 veterans committing suicide per day.


All veterans themselves, Freedom Bump Chasers are true athletes and experienced paddleboarders. Competitors must be able to paddle 10 miles in less than 2 hours to be eligible to participate in the M2O. Despite this being the first M2O for two of them, they finished in 6 hours and 52 minutes placing 4th out of 7 three-man teams and 83rd out of 150 entries overall. Each human-powered race across the "Channel of Bones" is regarded worldwide as the crowning achievement of the sport.

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