A single oyster can filter 50 gallons of water daily. That’s a big effort for a small shell. We want to raise $200,000 to put 100 million oysters back to work, filtering over 5 billion gallons of water per day. An effort like that requires a little support.
—The Oyster in Chesapeake History, by Dr. Henry M. Miller
Paddleboard and Bay enthusiasts Chris Hopkinson and Chris Norman decided the least they could do to support the hard work of our little shelled friends was to paddleboard the length of the Bay, about 240 total miles (the Bay is about 200 miles, but we'll be making some port stops
Chris was born and raised in Annapolis, spent 7 years in Baltimore City, 2 in DC and currently lives in Arnold with his wife Megan and 3 energetic children; Olivia, Emma and Miles. His paddling adventures started as a gift from his wife and a way to get him out of the house. His oyster interest started with his daughter’s science project.
Chris Norman was born and raised in Annapolis and has always had a strong connection to the water. His grandfather was a graduate of the Naval Academy and his father grew up sailing and windsurfing in Annapolis. Chris along with two friends started Capital SUP, a paddleboard and kayak rental outfit in Annapolis, in 2014. As much time as he spends on the water, Chris wants to help restore and preserve the Bay for generations to come.