Board Short Mile

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Hermosa Beach in Southern California is site of the Board Short Mile
Board Short Mile is a charity ocean swim in Hermosa Beach, California that supports the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The non-competitive swim was inspired by John Caughlin, the open water swimmer who has overrun by a boat during the 2011 Maui Channel Swim, and organized by California watermen George Hicks and Tom Hoffman.

Participants can raise money on behalf of the Challenged Athletes Foundation on the 15 September 2012. Participants can register and participate anywhere in the world. Swimmers can do their mile swim at their local open water swimming spot and fund raise through the Challenged Athlete Foundation website for the Board Short Mile event. Virtual participants will also receive their Board shorts to wear during the event.

Challenged Athletes Foundation

It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.

Board Shorts

Board shorts are a style of men's and women's summer wear and swimwear. They were originally developed for aquatic sports, specifically for surfing, but in more recent years they have grown in popularity outside of these sports, and have become a popular form of general beach and summer wear.

The name of "board shorts" originates from their affiliation with aquatic sports that use a board, such as surfing. They are sometimes called "Boardies" in slang, especially in Australia, and "Baggies" in South Africa. Board shorts are especially popular in North America and spread beyond surfing especially as the skater punk fashion trend got underway. They are also typically worn in men's beach volleyball.

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