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    “If not me, then who” Travis Manion, 1st Lt USMC (RIP)

    Mark Gerner and John Belton of PWCOFFSHORE Racing to ride PWC / Jet Skis 235 miles across the open ocean unassisted (no chase boat) on Kawasaki ULTRA LX Jet Skis from Santa Barbara, Ca to San Diego, Ca. in one day to honor our wounded and deceased veterans. They are doing so in pursuit of exposure of the three charities below and your donations directly to these charities. The ride is intended to be a big blue run across the open ocean from Santa Barbara to Oxnard, then to Catalina Island and then a direct open ocean shot from Avalon to San Diego. The team has targeted Sunday November 18, 2012 for the ride. But before we talk about this amazing offshore ride, here is what YOU can do:

    Please click, review and DONATE to The Travis Manion Foundation: please watch the video on the right of this page.

    "If not me, then who...” Travis Manion

    “Before he left for his second tour in Iraq, 1st Lt. Travis Manion was asked why he had to go back to war. His simple response: "If Not Me, Then Who..." inspired many, including his mother, who founded the Travis Manion Foundation shortly after Travis was killed on April 29, 2007. Until she passed away nearly five years later, Janet Manion spent every day embodying the poignant words that her only son once spoke. Helping those in need was something that came very easily for Travis and Janet. In keeping the spirit of their selfless nature alive, the Travis Manion Foundation continues their noble mission through pillar programs that assist our nation's troops, veterans, military families, and loved ones of fallen heroes. Please consider investing in the Travis Manion Foundation's "If Not Me, Then Who..." mission.”

    DONATE to The Phoenix Patriot Foundation:

    The Phoenix Patriot Foundation's mission is to provide direct support to severely wounded veterans enabling them to fully recover, reintegrate and remain engaged in serving America.

    DONATE to The Wounded Warrior Project:

    The Wounded Warrior Project is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members. To help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members

    Our objective is to generate $10,000.00 for each of these three charities

    (please make contributions directly to the charities; please do not send any donations to the riders please).

    What can YOU do to show support? Contribute no less than 3.00 to each of these three charities! That is less than a Starbucks Latte for each charity! Also review their web pages and learn more about how you could possibly support these great charities! Forward this email to all that might want to contribute - Thank you!

    The Ride:

    Mark Gerner, a former US Marine Corps Infantry Officer and John Belton of PWCOFFSHORE will ride PWC / Jet Skis for a distance of 235 miles in November of 2012 across the open ocean from Santa Barbara to Oxnard, Ca., then across the channel to Avalon (Catalina Island), then make a direct big ocean run from Avalon to San Diego, all in one day on November 18, 2012. They are making this epic offshore ride to bring exposure and fundraising to these three great charities.

    The Riders:

    Mark Gerner is founder of PWCOFFSHORE, a former Mark Hahn 300 mile Endurance Race overall National Champion (with race partner Robert Carreon), a Mark Hahn 300 Mile Race Iron Man winner, a two-time 2nd place overall finisher at the Long Beach to Catalina and Back Offshore National Championships and former Triple Crown of Offshore overall champion. He has been riding Personal Watercraft / Jet Skis offshore for fifteen years.

    John Belton is a member of the PWCOFFSHORE Hall of Fame, PWCOFFSHORE Warrior Award winner, former Mark Hahn 300 mile Endurance Race overall National Champion (with race partner Tracy Malan) and one of the most experienced offshore Personal Watercraft / Jet Ski riders in the world with over 30 years of offshore experience and in excess of 1000 cross channel transits from Long Beach to Catalina and back rides on a Jet Ski.

    Ride Sponsors:
    Kawasaki: Thank you Kawasaki for supporting this great cause with two Kawasaki ULTRA LX Jet Skis provided for this epic ride!

    Ride Supporters:
    Liquid Militia:
    K38 Water Safety:

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    Quote Originally Posted by engineer by profession View Post
    These are all great causes/charities. Good luck on the ride and nice to see Mr. Belton back on a Kawasaki, too bad they aren't 300s, but the gas mileage will be better!
    thank you, and thank you for reviewing these charitities!

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    Pain is fear leaving your body.... rlovebk's Avatar
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    Hope things go well and all safe. I have been in bed all day snoozin. (work nights this week)
    Great cause and hope you and John have a great time.
    Donation sent to Patriots on your behalf.
    Semper Fedelis my friend.

    Odd you have a quote/reply but the post is gone...LOL

    EDIT: Noticed ride is tomorrow. Have a good one!
    Last edited by rlovebk; 11-17-2012 at 08:59 PM.

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    Santa Barbara to San Diego / Mission Bay ride accomplished! Gerner and Belton would encounter wind waves and chop the entire ride with very heavy seas for the last 48 miles of the run. The Kawasaki ULTRA LX watercraft selected for the run for their reliability were bullet proof in the rough seas, even with the front hood cowling being ripped off by the sea state, they performed exceptionally well in the big waters.
    Spot tracking here:

    The voyage started just before 7am on Sunday December 18

    Please remember, as exciting as it was to track this quest, it’s all about the charities - please support (directly to the charities) one or all of these three causes that are giving so much to our nations veterans and families.

    DONATE to The Phoenix Patriot Foundation:

    DONATE to The Wounded Warrior Project:

    DONATE to The Travis Manion Foundation:

    Thank you Kawasaki for the two watercraft, Shawn Alladio for playing a role in prepping the craft and setting the example for charity rides of this nature, Aaron Cress, Kim Bushong for running logistics support on land and being the backup rider for the run, Dan Ketchpel for assisting with navigation and logistics, and most importantly thank you for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and/or been severely wounded for our country - thank you
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