Our 2011 Coolibar Athletes were more than inspirational. They demonstrated that it’s possible to reach goals beyond yourself and help others in the process. The athletic endeavors of Paul Ridley and Dr. Pamela Peeke take place in the “Great Outdoors” where protection from the sun is nearly nonexistent. They trusted Coolibar to keep them safe from UV, so they could concentrate on their game.
Paul Ridley is an all around outdoor adventure seeker and sun protection advocate. At age 25, he was the youngest American to row any ocean solo. His rowing career began at Colgate University and he continues to train out of Norwalk River Rowing Association, in Norwalk, CT. In 2009, Paul took his passion for rowing to face almost 3,000 miles of the Atlantic’s open waters to raise money for cancer research in honor of his mother, who lost her life to malignant skin cancer in 2001. As if rowing, attending grad school and balancing a job weren’t enough, during his breaks, he’s using his mountaineering experience to climb the seven summits, the highest mountains of each of the seven continents, all while keeping sun protection top of mind. Paul’s sun protection essentials include the Ultra Sport Hat, Short Sleeve Water Jacket and ZnO Long Sleeve T-shirt.
The Coolibar Blog’s posts on Ridley’s adventures include:
Would You Row 3000 Miles to Fight Cancer?
Dr. Pamela Peeke
Docotor Pamela Peeke is an internationally recognized expert, physician, scientist and author in the fields of nutrition, stress, fitness and public health. She also believes in good sun health. As an avid athlete and to further uphold her reputation as the ‘doc who walks the talk,’ Dr. Peeke lead seven determined women from the north rim or the Grand Canyon to the south rim of the canyon. This 26.2 mile trek included 112 degree temperatures, steep hills, and the load or their 25-pound backpacks. She and her “Peeke Performers” did it while wearing Coolibar UPF 50+ shirts, hats and sunscreen too. Their gear consisted of the Travel Shirt, ZnO Sun Shell and a versatile travel hat.
The Coolibar Blog’s posts on Dr. Peeke’s adventures include:
The Grand Canyon Peeke Performers