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The paddleboarders arrive in Norton Shores - Monday AM

UPDATE - NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - The three paddle boarder have accomplished and incredible feat.  They finished an 80 mile journey across Lake Michigan, arriving safely in Norton Shores Monday morning. 

Twenty-three year-old Craig Masselink, his 19-year-old brother Trent and their friend 21-year-old Ginny Melby left McKinley Beach in Milwaukee, on Sunday morning and finished their trek in just under 24 hours.

"It was really hard at the beginning .  It was a lot wavier than we had anticipated.  So we cut our shifts down from an hour to an half hour so that was a lot more doable.  The last half of the trip I think we all kept the same pace," said Melby.

"We are a little tired but we feel good,  yeah," said Trent. "It was  quite the trip.  Quite the accomplishment.  It was a lot harder than we thought it would be."

His brother added, "It was a million times better though.  It was an absolutely incredible journey."

It was incredible.  Absolutely incredible journey."

They took turns paddling while the other two ride in a 40-foot support boat. Melby's mother and the Masselinks' father are aboard.

The last mile was especially challenging as the wind and waves kicked up just off the shoreline.

"We thought it would be a good idea to all paddle in together, but the board isn't made for 3," said Melby.

"We misjudged some distance but we got in that is the important thing.  We are here," said the younger Masselink brother.

The group of friends are on summer break from college and were inspired to make the trip after reading a book about children sold as sex slaves in Uganda.

This is their way of raising awareness and money to help save those children.

We want people to know that we are doing this for a greater cause and to glorify our God.  It is all because of our lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ," said Craig.   "We are so thankful to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves.  I mean we are a great team.  The boat crew was a great team.  We all work together but yet it is all for Him."

The money raised will go to the charity group Restore International

"We are asking supporters to chip in $1 for every mile we paddled.  It was 80 miles and it was a hard 80 miles," said Craig Masselink.

You can find more information on the three paddle boarders at http://paddleboardingacrosslakemichigan.webs.com/ on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PaddleboardingAcrossLakeMichigan .

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