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Miami lifeguard to paddle from Cuba to Key West for charity

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By: Chewbacca - Sep 10 2010 @ 10:54 AM

Paddleboarding: A leisure activity enjoyed by millions of beach bums around the world. But now, one woman is taking this relaxing past time and turning it into a personal challenge for charity.

Cynthia Aguilar, a 26-year-old Miami Beach lifeguard, is an established paddleboarder who wants to use her favorite hobby to help and inspire others. That's why she plans to paddle 130 miles through the Florida Straights from Cuba to Key West, in hopes of raising $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. If she succeeds, the money will be enough to grant the wishes of 20 terminally ill kids.

Aguilar acknowledges that her goal is ambitious – but not beyond her ability.

"I know I'm crazy, flat out," she told the Miami Herald. "But you have to be crazy and you have to be confident and you have to have heart. With just a little bit of doubt, why even try? You will fail."

If successful, Aguilar says, she will be the first person to paddle solo from Cuba to Key West and would set the record for longest nonstop paddleboarding trip. Guinness World Records confirmed that Aguilar would earn "fastest paddle board crossing of the Florida Straits" but couldn't say whether she would set any other records.

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By: Stan Yow - Sep 10 2010 @ 05:36 PM

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Chewbacca wrote:

Paddleboarding: A leisure activity enjoyed by millions of beach bums around the world. But now, one woman is taking this relaxing past time and turning it into a personal challenge for charity.

Cynthia Aguilar, a 26-year-old Miami Beach lifeguard, is an established paddleboarder who wants to use her favorite hobby to help and inspire others. That's why she plans to paddle 130 miles through the Florida Straights from Cuba to Key West, in hopes of raising $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. If she succeeds, the money will be enough to grant the wishes of 20 terminally ill kids.

Aguilar acknowledges that her goal is ambitious – but not beyond her ability.

"I know I'm crazy, flat out," she told the Miami Herald. "But you have to be ...
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I actually know a couple who run a luxury sailing charter business here in Key West who have sailed down there as part of Cynthia's flotilla. They are also supporting Diana Nyad in her attempt to swim the distance as soon as she has a weather window. I think it is her second or third attempt. She is 61.

 
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