OnIt ProPaddling Community Headline News Matt Chebatoris March 2, 2018 News Paddling headlines from the US and around the world Training, training, training Danny Ching offers private lessons to paddlers in California and Florida. Earlier this week, Ching announced via Instagram he is available for private lessons throughout the month of March. As you likely know, several paddle athletes offer clinics and lessons from time to time. What many do not realize, is that a many of the athletes have fine tuned their technique at one time or another by taking a private lesson from one particular paddler – Danny Ching. As a member of the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club where Ching is the long time men’s coach, I can say from first hand experience that learning to paddle from Ching is an investment worth making. Whether you are a recreational paddler looking to learn or a competitive athlete aspiring to reach the top five in your next race, you will benefit from his knowledge and experience. Protecting the environment On Monday, the Malibu City Council voted to enact an ordinance to ban the coastal communities restaurants and food vendors from offering or selling plastic straws, stirrers and utensils to customers. As most beachgoers know, single use plastics are one of the major contributors to trash in waterways and along the shores. “This is a community based on its ocean and beaches and we want to protect those,” said Craig George, the city’s environmental sustainability director. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, businesses will have until June 1st to make the change, swapping out the plastic items for ones made of paper, wood or bamboo. Going forward, diners in Malibu will be encouraged to use reusable straws and cutlery made of metal or glass. To learn more about environmental and sustainability issues affecting the paddling community, read our featured column, Keep it Green, by Rebecca Parsons. Paddling events on the horizon 3 March: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series SR6 – San Rafael, CA 4 March: The Cold Hands Paddle 2018 – San Pedro, CA 10 March: Wrightsville Beach Biathlon 2018 – Wrightsville Beach, NC 11 March: Imua Keiki o Ke Kai – Hawaiian Canoe Club, KaHului Harbor | Maui, HI 11 March: Mike’s Paddle Sunday Fun Race Winter Series #5 2018 – Alameda, CA 11 March: Cocoa Beach One Lagoon Charity Paddle – Coco Beach, FL 17 March: Dana Ocean Challenge 2018 – Dana Point, CA 17 March: 101 Surf Sports Winter Paddle Racing Series RWC#4 – Redwood City, CA 17 March: Manatee Run Race – Fort Meyers, FL 18 March: 8th Annual Adler Paddler 2018 – Long Beach, FL 24 March: Flying Fish Spring Paddle Challenge – Stuart, FL Is your favorite event listed? If not, let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SUP Examiner calendar includes paddling events from SUP and beyond held across North America and select events from around the world. Listings on the SUP Examiner calendar are free and always will be. Let us highlight your event to promote the sport of paddling! Comments Matt ChebatorisMatt is a former national security professional and lifelong adventurer. He has published material on a variety of topics in the foreign policy arena and created PaddleXaminer™ as a platform to share his enjoyment of paddling with others. When not on the water, Matt can be found hiking along rugged mountain trails in the California wilderness. Matt resides in Los Angeles and is a member of the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club in Redondo Beach, California.