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Get Out Girl Surf & Paddle Jam
In Honor and Memory of Travis County Female First Responders
Kristin McLain & Jessica Hollis
SURF Jam Saturday and/or PADDLE Jam Sunday!
Both are all-female fundraising events dedicated to empowering and inspiring women and girls of all ages to Get Out, Get Active, and Get Connected - to ourselves, each other, our community, nature, and water while experiencing the science that #waterismedicine and being outdoors and on the water is a powerful benefit to body, mind, and spirit.
All proceeds and donations from this event go directly to Operation Get Out, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides outings, events, and retreats that intentionally utilize nature and water for positive mental, physical and emotional wellness impact for first responders, military, nurses, and family members.
Sign up as an individual, bring a group - or join our cause as a virtual surfer or paddler in either or both events.
Sponsors, donors, and corporate matches are appreciated!
Aside from your registration, your additional donations, BOGO packages, and fundraising are greatly appreciated to help make this happen. If interested in sponsorship opportunities, donating auction items, or participant swag, please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SURF Jam Saturday Sept. 30, 8am - 2pm
This event is for all levels and ages of riders: for those who want to learn the sport of wake surfing and be helped and supported by other women or for those that already have a love of wake surfing and want to share the ride with others. Includes weekend event t-shirt, Centurion professional wakesurf boats, equipment, all-female coaches, post-event food and drinks and admission to Sunday's weekend After Party!
PADDLE Jam Sunday Oct. 1, 7:30am - 2pm
This is a non-competitive, community event of up to 3.5 supported hours on the water where you can paddle 1-11 miles with different options (listed below). Includes weekend event t-shirt, finisher's bracelet, and our exclusive weekend After Party with DJ Coy, food, drinks, Poker Run prizes, raffle, and auction. Family and friends welcome!
Exclusive Learn to Paddle on the Water Clinics! No previous paddle skills are necessary! Your designated Paddle Ambassador will assist, coach, and be with you and your group the entire time to encourage and support you! You will start with board skills and drills and basics right on the beach then head into the lake - seated, on your knees, or on your feet - no right, wrong, or judgment! We’re here for fun and community. Your ambassador will be with the group to assist the entire time with no specific distance for these groups - just good times together and on the water with group consensus when to float, paddle, go and return.
“Paddle Out” Flowers to drop in memory of someone or something significant! Every paddler will be given a flower to drop when they feel led to do so during their time on the water. Paddle Out's are a surfer's way of remembering, recognizing and/or honoring someone or significant moments in our lives.
10 Miles for 10 Years! Dam Distance Paddle! Those of you wanting to paddle round trip, a full distance of approximately 10-11 miles to Mansfield Dam and Jessica Hollis Park, can enjoy a quick mimosa and turn around to return to the starting point by noon. If you’re falling behind, don’t worry - our towboats and personal watercraft are prepared and instructed to help you along so everyone is safe and sound at the finish by noon.
Mimosa Finish! Grab a mimosa and toast with your friends - at either Jessica Hollis Park (5 mile - have a mimosa on your complimentary return boat shuttle home) or back at the Finish Pavillion if you choose the round trip paddle. Either place - it's a great way to celebrate your time on the water.
On The Water Poker Run! Get your five-card draw at any one of the points along the way OR get multiple draws at any one-stop. Prizes at the After Party!
Multiple sponsored Snack Stops at designated mile markers to keep you moving and motivated! Can you say cold brew coffee and more?
Paddle Ambassadors every mile! Our goal is to help individuals enjoy the water - so whether you're a first time paddler or highly experienced, our ambassadors are there to support, encourage and connect with you!
NEARBY LODGING OPTIONS:
Hyatt Place Austin / Lake Travis / Four Points, 7300 N FM 620, Austin, TX 78726, (512) 369-3120
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin NW - Four Points, 8300 N FM 620 Building I, Austin, TX 78726, (512) 610-5700
Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Lake Travis/River Place, 6608 River Place Blvd, Austin, TX 78730, (512) 735-9300
Both Surf and Paddle Jam are held annually in honor and memory of two amazing, impactful, and fearless women, Travis County First Responders Kristin McLain and Jessica Hollis, both of whom committed their lives to serving others while utilizing the water for their own positive mental and physical wellness impact.
Kristin McLain was a Travis County StarFlight rescue nurse and part of starting our first Get Out Girl Paddle Jam. She was a true Get Out Girl who spent most of her off time paddling, wake surfing, skiing, and boating on Lake Austin to reset and reconnect after tough shifts as a flight nurse.
Jessica Hollis, Travis County Senior Deputy, utilized our local lakes similarly, spending family time on them for fun, scuba diving, boating, surfing, and personally benefiting from the calming effects of what being on and in the water does for your mind and emotions.
Both of these inspiring women shared a common mind and heart of "blue" that is now being passed forward to touch the lives of others on the water.
Their families and friends have come together to start Operation Get Out (OGO), a 501c3 nonprofit foundation that gives back to first responders, military, nurses, front-line workers, veterans, and surviving spouses through scientifically validated nature and Blue Mind experiences and events that give individuals and agencies the opportunity to experience the unlocking and wellness power of being outdoors and/or in, near and on the water. All proceeds and donations from Surf & Paddle Jam weekend provide Operation Get Out (OGO) the resources to assist individuals and agencies experiencing stress, illness, depression, anxiety, loss, and PTS.
"After our event with Operation Get Out, I came home a more complete person, a better mother, and wife. My mind and heart feel freer from the anxiety and stress that I had carried from years of service."
~ U.S. Army National Guard
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