John Henkes

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Goal $1,000.00


In 2015, I volunteered for the SEA Paddle and was so inspired by the paddlers that I decided to participate the following year. In 2016, I began my prone paddling journey. Being a complete beginner, I chose to do the Paddle as part of a team. I was introduced to Zach Weiner and we quickly became training partners, great friends and brothers. We completed the SEA Paddle and had an incredible experience. This year, we are each taking on the challenge solo, though we are still a team!

One of the beneficiaries of the SEA Paddle is the Best Day Foundation, a non-profit organization that hosts beach days for children with special needs. As a longtime volunteer, this event is very close to my heart and I am trying to do my part to help raise money, so that we can continue to serve the amazing Best Day kids and families for many years to come.

As with most things in my life, this would not be possible without the support of my awesome family, Tricia and Brodie. I love you guys and I'll see you at the finish line!!

Thank you for supporting SEA Paddle NYC and all its beneficiaries.

John aka Turtle

"Paddle, paddle, paddle little grom"


  • Ralph (about a week ago)


  • Tommy (about 2 weeks ago)

    Thank you for all you do!!!

  • Brooks (about 2 weeks ago)

    Go John Go!

  • James (about 2 weeks ago)

    Limits, like fears are often just an illusion

  • JULIE (about 2 weeks ago)


  • Ed, Ashleigh and Ava (about 2 weeks ago)

    TURTLE POWER! See you tomorrow!

  • Zachary (about 2 weeks ago)

    the tortoise can now beat the hare! MR. TURTLE!!!!

  • Mike (about 2 weeks ago)

    Paddle, paddle little grom

  • Cheryl (about 2 weeks ago)

    Go, Turtle! :-)

  • Lynda (about 3 weeks ago)

    Good luck turtle

  • Scott (about 3 weeks ago)

    Good luck Turtle!

  • Mary (about 3 weeks ago)

    Thanks for all you do for Best Day!

  • Melissa (about 3 weeks ago)

    Great Job John.

  • Richard (about 4 weeks ago)

    Go Turtle

  • Katharina (about a month ago)

    paddle paddle paddle. So proud!!

  • Martina (about a month ago)

    Viel Gl├╝ck Turtle and have so much fun!

My Status
Number of pledges received: 17
Goal achievement: 105%
Number of page visits: 371
Days since event: 14

Event Information
What: 2017 SEAPaddleNYC
When: Saturday August 5, 2017 at 09:00 AM

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Overall Event Goal: $200,000

Top 5 Fundraisers

Rank Name Amount
#1 Edmonds Bafford $60,144.00
#2 jack schlossberg $7,400.00
#3 Christopher Russo $5,445.90
#4 Matt Mark $4,805.00
#5 George Stemetzki $4,295.00

Top 5 Teams

Rank Team Name Amount
#1 Slow Motion Ninjas $8,060.00
#2 South Shore Paddleboards $6,590.00
#3 TEAM REPEAT $6,376.09
#4 Key West PerSisters $3,626.00
#5 Team LUNA $3,270.00