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Obama Chef Dies in Water Near Family's Summer Home
Medical Examiner Rules
on Obama Chef's Death

Medical Examiner Rules on Obama Chef's Death

Tafari Campbell was paddleboarding on Martha's Vineyard

(Newser) - The untimely death of the Obama family's personal chef was an accidental one, per a ruling announced Tuesday from the chief medical examiner of Massachusetts. Tafari Campbell, 45, drowned in late July in a Martha's Vineyard lake while paddleboarding near the Obama's summer home, and the AP reports...

Watch Guy Not Tell His Wife There's a Shark Behind Her

Ricky Tribble didn't want Malea Tribble to panic as she paddleboarded to the safety boat he was on

(Newser) - A paddleboarder raising money for charity as part of a long-distance relay had quite the close call last weekend when a shark appeared to be stalking her in the water. WPBF reports that Malea Tribble of Fort Lauderdale was about halfway through the 80-mile-plus journey from Bimini in the Bahamas...

A 'Christmas Miracle' for Missing Aussie Teens

4 paddleboarders spent at least 7 hours in Australia's Port Phillip Bay before finding land

(Newser) - A helicopter search for four Australian teenagers who failed to return from a paddleboarding excursion came to a happy end Tuesday when they were found washed up on an island some 20 miles from where they started out. Two men and two women, aged 18 to 19, had set out...

Female Paddleboarder Drowns in Yoga Class

Lisa Margaritis was only 49

(Newser) - A registered nurse drowned Friday while trying to save another woman in a paddleboard yoga class, CNN reports. Lisa Margaritis, 49, noticed a fellow paddleboarder struggling against the strong Long Island, NY, current and tried helping her, but Margaritis' board got jammed against a bridge piling and she tumbled into...

Double-Amputee Army Vet Dies in Paddleboard Accident

(Newser) - A double-amputee Army veteran who was called an "adventure seeker" and "strong-willed man" by friends died Wednesday in the Chesapeake Bay while paddleboarding, NPR and the Washington Post report. Cody Iorns, 25, pushed off land near Annapolis, Md., around 6pm Wednesday with three other paddlers, but rough conditions—...

Man Paddles Out to Sea Owing $500K in Child Support

He hasn't been seen since March 20

(Newser) - Police in Florida are looking for a 52-year-old man who hasn't been seen since he went paddleboarding in the Atlantic Ocean a week ago, the AP reports. Fort Lauderdale police tell the Miami Herald that Constantine Theoharis was due in court later that day—March 20—to speak on...

Canoeing, Surfing Orgs Fight Over Stand-Up Paddleboarding

A court will decide which sport gets to claim SUP

(Newser) - Ending an argument we're sure has happened at least once on a slow afternoon in a bar somewhere, a court will finally decide whether stand-up paddleboarding is closer to surfing or canoeing. The New York Times reports the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been asked to settle a...

Man Paddles 4K Miles Across Atlantic —While Standing

Chris Bertish raised more than $490K for charity

(Newser) - As this video proves, paddleboarding on a relatively calm surface isn't always easy. But that's what makes Chris Bertish's feat all the more impressive. The South African surfer has just become the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone on a stand-up paddleboard. Granted, his 1,...

Tourist's Selfies Help Solve His Odd Disappearance

Polish paddleboarder who went missing on Lake Tahoe turns up in Missouri

(Newser) - In what the Nevada Appeal calls "a good example of the public working in partnership with local law enforcement for the best of all possible outcomes," a paddleboarder who went missing on Lake Tahoe has turned up safe and sound—in Missouri. South Lake Tahoe Police say his...

Man Paddles From Cuba to US ... Standing Up

First person to do the 110-mile journey on a paddleboard

(Newser) - Ben Friberg is far from the first person to paddle from Cuba to the US. He is, however, the first person to paddleboard from Cuba to the US, a feat he accomplished yesterday via a 28-hour, 110-mile journey. Friberg, a 35-year-old musician from Tennessee, stood up on his 14-foot-long paddleboard...

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