Image: Katie Sheridan, filmmaker, Power of the Paddle.

VIDEO: Bay Paddle Returns as Team Relay

Remember the Annapolis man who stand-up paddleboarded the entire length of the Chesapeake last fall—200-plus miles from Havre de Grace to Cape Charles? He was close to quitting more than once, but stuck it out, despite the pain and mental anguish, to raise funds and awareness for oyster restoration.

That incredible feat, the Bay Paddle, is coming back for 2021. This time, paddler Chris Hopkinson is turning the challenge into a team relay, and bringing dozens of other paddlers (plus kayakers and canoeists) along for the journey. And he’s finding even more ways to support the Chesapeake Bay.

Bay Bulletin‘s Mike Schuh got into the water with Hopkinson to see his vision from paddleboard level. Watch below:

Filmmaker Katie Sheridan shot and gathered several days’ worth of video for the documentary Power of the Paddle using creative camera work, GoPros and even a drone. The film is showing (free) at the virtual D.C. Environmental Film Festival, now through March 28.