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Laird & Kalama take on 500-mile paddle for autism film



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Big-Wave Surfers Embark on 500-mile Isle Odyssey for Autism Film

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 October, 2006 : - - Big-wave surfers Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama will bike or paddle their surfboards some 500 miles from one end of the island chain to the other starting today to raise money for autism awareness.

It was Hamilton's idea to undertake the seven-day feat to publicize a documentary, "Beautiful Son," produced by friend and cinematographer Don King about his autistic 6-year-old son, Beau. King said he is hoping to raise $40,000 to distribute the nonprofit film to a wider audience. King's wife, Julianne Yamamoto King, is director and producer of the film about their quest to "recover Beau from autism."

Hamilton and Kalama will start today on the Big Island and end Monday pedaling across Kauai. They will stand-up surf, using extra-long paddles, said Kalama, who has never attempted such a physically challenging journey. Hamilton, 42, and Kalama, 41, have been tow-in (using a jet ski) surfing partners for the past several years. Kalama, who made his reputation at "Jaws" on Maui, said his main worry is to pace himself so he can keep up with Hamilton.

Hamilton constantly tests his physical endurance. His latest adventure in May entailed a 426-kilometer crossing between London and Paris in two days, biking and paddling.

Read the full article by Pat Gee at the Honolulu Star

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Source: Honolulu Star

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