SUP season is in full swing at Paddle Diva! Our loyal SUP enthusiasts have been visiting our Shagwong Marina headquarters in East Hampton for a variety of group stand up paddleboard lessons including SUP Yoga, adventure paddle tours and Power Up on SUP fitness classes. During the summer, I can spend six to eight hours teaching stand up paddleboard techniques and watching SUPer’s thrive, have fun and gain confidence on the water. When spending so much time outside, comfortable apparel and sun protection becomes vital.
Overexposure to UV rays leads to sunburn, accelerated skin aging and skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in every 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Sunblock and clothing with the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) offers protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays. The UPF rating for apparel indicates how effectively fabrics shield the skin; the higher the UPF number, the greater degree of UV protection the clothing offers.
This season at the Paddle Diva shop we’re carrying BLOQ UV, a great line of SUP apparel that reduces sun exposure. The BLOQ UV shirts include UPF 50 to help block out harmful rays. BLOQ UV designs their products to block 98 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays and has a UPF rating of 50, which is considered excellent.
BLOQ UV is based out of Miami and is a leader in the industry for sun protective apparel. Their clothing is vibrant, fashionable, lightweight and optimal for protecting you on the water. It’s also versatile and comfortable enough to wear on the tennis courts or golf course.
This past winter’s polar vortex did not do enough to reduce ticks. On the East End, the summer and early fall months are prime tick season.
I’m a big proponent of tick prevention and protection. It’s difficult to avoid complete tick exposure, so it’s important to be aware of how to prevent tick bites.We sell tick spray and tick key repellents at our Shagwong Marina shop. At home, we regularly check each other and our dog, Coconut, for hibernating ticks. With the kids, I try to make it as fun as possible. We use my iPhone flashlight app to do a once over check.
Ticks crawl up from the ground, so the first line of prevention is to spray your family’s shoes with tick repellent. This is an effective way to prevent ticks from reaching your skin. It’s vital to spot-check hard to see and constricted places, such as the areas behind the knee, ear, waistband, armpits or the middle of the back. When hiking in the woods, wearing long, light colored shirts and tuck your pants into socks helps to prevent tick exposure.
Get ready to stand up paddle for a great cause! The annual “Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink” will take place on Saturday, August 16. This wonderful event brings together competitive paddle boarders and several hundred guests in support of raising critical funds in the fight against breast cancer.
Hamptons resident Maria Baum started Paddle & Party for Pink three years ago. While undergoing breast cancer treatment and throughout her recovery, stand up paddleboarding became Maria’s daily ritual. Maria says that heading to tranquil waters and focusing on paddling helped her mind and body.
My dear friend Adam Nagler recently visited Paddle Diva — venturing all the way from Santa Barbara, California. It was so great to see Adam. Since our good ol’ University of Vermont college days, we have always seemed to cross paths, laugh, reminisce and enjoy sports together.
Adam came to Paddle Diva looking for a well-rounded fitness regimen. Later this year, he will be competing in a 350-mile Quadrathlon. This endurance event takes place over the course of 3 days and includes bicycling, running, kayaking and swimming. To kick start his 25 hours per week of training, Adam was looking for workouts to strengthen his quads, triceps, abdominals and glutes. I recommended our “Power Up on SUP” class. SUP is geared towards building your core. This supreme standup paddleboard fitness class combines aerobic, core strengthening, stretching and balance training exercises. The result: you develop endurance, muscle strength and burn a lot of calories. All good things!
As part of their recent Hamptons summer fun and fitness travel series, Jetset Extra spent the day SUP’ing with Paddle Diva us at our Shagwong Marina location.
If you are planning a summer vacation, the Jetset Extra website provides great worldwide travel information, along with deals on hotels, airlines and resorts. Reading these travel articles recently inspired me to share my favorite family summer activities.
Walking the Dunes in Amagansett
Our family loves being active, especially during the warm summer months. My daughter, Emma, and son, James, enjoy the Walking Dunes Trail in Amagansett. The canopy of oak trees, beach plum plants, pitch pine, beach grass, seashells and maritime habitat offer a captivating world of discovery for the kids. It’s beautiful — with the dunes providing panoramic views of Napeague Harbor, freshwater wetlands and cranberry bogs.
SUP and Kayak
Kids have natural balance. Stand up paddleboarding and kayaking are great sports to build a child’s agility, athletic skills and confidence on the water. It’s also a platform for teaching kids about water safety and ocean conservation. At Paddle Diva, we offer SUP boards that designed specifically for young paddlers. I have seen kids start with stand up paddling and later be inspired to try SUP surfing or snowboarding. With the right sized gear and equipment, SUP is a sport that the whole family can enjoy together. The summer is a perfect time to get started!
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