All photos © Jorg Badura
This Friday, the Surfer’s Environmental Alliance will host the sixth annual SEAPaddle NYC to raise money for environmental projects and autism charities. For the event, participants paddle surfboards around the island of Manhattan for a total distance of 26.5 miles. Paddlers, who have all raised funds in the lead up to the event, can choose to leisurely make the journey in the Annual Paddle or compete in the Elite Paddle race. Sports and adventure photographer Jorg Badura has photographed the SEAPaddle event since its inception and last year chose to shoot the paddlers at the finish line as they got out of the water. The portraits show the level of athleticism required of the event’s varied participants, who bravely paddled the waters of the Hudson and East Rivers for a good cause.