Empowering. Connecting. Community.
We believe that...
Empowering & connecting people through inclusive, adventure-based water activities such as stand up paddling (SUP) for underserved populations, mentoring, life-saving education, & environmental awareness creates untold possibilities while building stronger communities.
Whether you take part in one of our programs as a participant, volunteer, or sponsor, we're pretty sure you'll have a blast. Our current offerings include:
Sponsors & Partners
We couldn't do it without the help of our generous sponsors & partner organizations. Contact us for sponsorship & partnership opportunities.
Paddle4Good is a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (# tax-id 81-421731) founded in Dec 2016. Cash or in-kind donations are tax-deductible under IRC Section 170.
A connected, compassionate world free of social & physical barriers for underserved populations due to engaged communities actively helping others. We also envision communities filled with empowered individuals ready to take prompt, effective action when anyone has a heart attack.
We empower, connect, and create stronger communities through safe, inclusive, adventure activities like SUP (stand up paddling) for underserved populations such as those with physical or developmental needs, mentoring programs, life-saving education, & outreach.
Max Montgomery, founder
In 2001, the experience helping children with special needs surf with Ride a Wave (RAW) in Santa Cruz, CA enriched Max's life in ways he couldn't imagine. He's been an active RAW volunteer and board member ever since. Max co-founded Best Day Foundation in 2008 and ran it for 5 years, and later co-founded and ran Tommie Cares Foundation - helping thousands of children with special needs enjoy surfing, paddling, snow sports, and more with thousands of community volunteers in CA, NJ, NY, and CT. With Paddle4Good, Max is stoked to connect with more like-minded individuals who thrive when helping others learn, grow, & reach beyond their dreams. Max is an AHA-certified Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor as well as a WPA (World Paddle Association) Level 1 Certified SUP instructor. Outside of Paddle4Good, you'll find Max volunteering, surfing, paddling, or working in tech.
Andrea (Andi) Traynor, MD, board member
As a mother of a neurotypical child & a child with special needs, Andi is committed to advocacy, skill development, & fun for people of all abilities. Andi's also an MD & a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, where she specializes in the care of women with high-risk pregnancies, as well as leading teams in crisis & emergency management. She's also published medical educational materials used around the world. An accomplished stand up paddler with podium finishes at many events, including the grueling 22-mile Lake Tahoe crossing, she also uses paddling for team building, wellness, & mentoring. Andi's excited help others develop confidence while they connect through paddling. She's also an AHA-certified Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor as well as a WPA (World Paddle Association) Level 1 Certified SUP instructor.
Tye Conklin, board member
A Coast Guard rescue swimmer for 19+ years, Tye's been decorated multiple times for his heroism & commitment to helping others. Starting in 2008, he's put his skills to good use running safety at numerous water & snow events for those with special needs with Best Day Foundation and Tommie Cares Foundation. Tye also engaged his entire family & community in volunteering. Now, a father of a 2-year old, he's thrilled to create more life-changing experiences for others with Paddle4Good.
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