Watersports duo stand up for Kalbarri after Cyclone Seroja

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Chloe Walkerdene and Kane DeGrauw.
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One water-loving couple will “stand up” for their town today, just months after cyclone Seroja left Kalbarri traumatised and disfigured.

Stand-up paddleboarders Chloe Walkerdene — Kalbarri born-and-bred — and Kane DeGrauw planned to set out on the Murchison River in the early hours of this morning, and they wouldn’t drag their boards on to the beach until they had paddled 100km.

The pair hope their efforts will inspire others to open their wallets, setting up a Gofundme page a few months ago.

“We are ... putting our bodies through the hardest physical challenge we have ever endeavoured,” Ms Walkerdene said on the page.

As of yesterday afternoon, the page had raised $785 from 18 small donations.

“This will be tough, it’s going to hurt but we are willing to do what we can to raise enough funding for our home town as well as represent the strength Kalbarri has shown in the last few weeks,” Ms Walkerdene said.

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