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Original Watermen to Sponsor Julia Garcia in Paddleboard World Championships

Original Watermen will be backing Julia Garcia, winner of last year's two-person open women's paddleboard relay, at this year's Molokai-2-Oahu World Paddleboard Championships.

March 10 marked the start of registration for the 2015 Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager. Registering for the second time in two years will be Julia Garcia, a winner from last year's M2O race. Garcia and her partner, Aimee Spector, came in first place in the two-person open women's prone paddle board relay. Original Watermen, an online retailer of quality swim and surf gear, will be sponsoring Garcia as she looks to compete in what will likely be the biggest M2O race in its 19 years of existence.

The M2O Paddleboard World Championships is an open-ocean endurance challenge where solo and team competitors alike will compete in either the stand-up (SUP) or prone divisions. Only stock boards are allowed in the two-person team competition, but stock 12 foot boards and unlimited boards 14 feet and longer are allowed in solo and three-person team races. In total approximately 250 people will be participating in the race, which is set to take place July 26, 2015, starting on Kaluakoi Beach and finishing in Maunalua Bay, located on the south shore of Oahu. M2O began in 1997 as a grassroots challenge for watermen and lifeguards of Oahu, meant to challenge every competitors mental and physical endurance. Each finisher is able to experience an individual championship.

"It's the most amazing experience I've ever had and I'm so excited to be able to go back and give the solo a shot," Garcia said about last year's M2O race.

Ken Miller, founder of Original Watermen, explained that Garcia is also an Ocean Lifeguard for California State Parks and is the perfect example of his company's "Earn Your Salt" motto. "Julia is an amazing person and competitor who is looking to compete with some of the best women paddleboarders in the world and that is exactly the type of person we want to promote and sponsor," Miller said. "It takes guts and resolve, among other things, to be able to race across that channel, and Julia has already proven she has the mental and physical fortitude needed to compete in such a highly regarded competition."

For more information on Miller’s company visit http://www.originalwatermen.com/ and http://www.originalwatermen.com/watermen-history.html.


Original Watermen, created by Ken Miller, provides quality surf and swim gear for more than 2,000 lifeguard agencies nationwide. Original Watermen's motto, "Earn Your Salt," not only refers to the surf and lifeguard lifestyle but to the high quality standards the company sets for each of its products.

For More Information:

Leif Madron
Original Watermen
1198 Joshua Way
Vista, California 92081
(760) 599-0990

Video Script: Julia Garcia, the winner of the 2014 two-person open women’s paddleboard relay, has received a sponsorship from Original Watermen at the 2015 Molokai-2-Oahu World Paddleboard Championships. Julia Garcia is the winner of last year’s M2O race while she and her partner, Aimee Spector, placed first in last year’s two-person open women’s prone paddle board relay. Now, the winner will be sponsored this year by Original Watermen, a special online retailer selling quality surf and swim gear.

According to Julia Garcia this is the most amazing experience she has ever had. She expresses that she is so excited to go back and give the solo challenge a shot. The 2015 M2O Paddleboard World Championships are an endurance challenge in the open ocean between solo competitors who are either in the stand-up or prone divisions. The Championship will see 250 participants and is set to take place on July 26, 2015. The race will begin at Kaluakoi Beach and end in Maunalua Bay.

According to Original Watermen founder Ken Miller, Julia Garcia is an amazing competitor and person who will compete with some of the best women paddleboarders from around the world. He states that that is exactly the type of person the company wants to promote and sponsor. Miller admits that it takes both resolve and guts to race across the channel. Luckily, Julia Garcia has already proven that she has both the mental and physical fortitude that is needed to compete in this highly regarded competition. Original Watermen is known for providing quality swim and surf gear and embodies the surf and lifeguard lifestyle with its motto “Earn Your Salt.”