Paddle Diva has received some serious recognition in the media this summer. Check out this season’s press clippings below, and come one out this Labor Day weekend to see what all the fuss is about!
“Bethenny” Show Re-broadcast
Paddle Diva’s next SUP Yoga teacher certification training will be held on the weekend of September 13-14th. Gina Bradley and Jessica Bellofatto lead the 20-hour course, which covers stand up paddling techniques, beginner to advanced SUP Yoga sequences and water safety protocols.
The training also offers a hands-on approach to building, growing and promoting a SUP Yoga business. Participants learn the inner workings of setting up the business, purchasing SUP Yoga boards and marketing. After completing the training seminar, many of participants go on to start their own businesses.
This past May, Caitlin Marcoux ventured from Massachusetts to enroll in Paddle Diva’s SUP Yoga instructor training. Caitlin has been practicing and teaching yoga for nearly 15 years. She said she came to gain the skills and the knowledge to launch her own SUP Yoga business in Nantucket.
“I was looking to change directions and start something new,” Caitlin said. “The course was very relevant and helped me learn the practicalities of starting a SUP Yoga business.
The training was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone teaching SUP Yoga or starting a paddleboard business,” she said. “I appreciated how Gina and Jessica shared their experiences. They were very honest about what worked and what they adjusted and improved upon since launching their businesses.”
Caitlin said she learned about the ins and outs of stand up paddleboard equipment and the best areas to invest your money. She found it helpful to be able try different SUP boards and equipment on the water.
“During the weekend, Gina’s husband Scott also taught a phenomenal clinic on basic paddleboard strokes,” said Caitlin. “Now, I use this break down of techniques each day with my SUP Yoga clients.”
Caitlin launched her business this summer. She has combined Nantucket’s natural beauty with the uplifting experience of SUP Yoga. Each of her classes incorporates the tenants of a classical Hatha yoga practice. “It’s been going great and my classes have been full,” she said. “Next summer, I’m planning on adding more boards and hiring a staff member.”
“I like the autonomy of being your own boss. It’s challenging, but I’m having a good time. Everyday is different and I enjoy working with a range of clients — some like to paddle hard, while others prefer anchoring down with yoga on the board,” she said.
“I love teaching paddle yoga on the water,” Caitlin said. “Every time I go out to the harbor, I feel nurtured and bathed in positivity.”
This summer, we’ve had a lot of clients come out to Paddle Diva for their first stand up paddle boarding experience. While gliding on the water and learning basic paddleboard maneuvers, many fell in love with the sport. If you’re one of those, the end of summer is the perfect time to buy SUP boards and gear. August brings amazing SUP deals and sales, so you can continue to enjoy paddling through the Fall season.
Paddle Diva has some of the most reasonable SUP board prices in Long Island, and here’s the best part: we deliver right to your door! It’s our way of trying to make SUP as accessible as possible. All Paddle Diva custom DIVA SUP boards are handmade on Long Island and then delivered to you in our hybrid Toyota Prius to minimize our carbon footprint by reducing packaging and gas.
At our Shagwong Marina headquarters we offer a “try before you buy” policy. Purchasing a SUP board is an investment; the weight, volume and size of the paddleboard should be taken into consideration. As part of the Paddle Diva customer experience, we like to give clients the opportunity find the most comfortable board.
The third annual “Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink” was an enormous success, raising a record-breaking $1.5 million to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Over 200 SUPers kicked off the fundraiser at the Havens Beach in Sag Harbor last Saturday morning.
Prior to the fundraising event, Shari Hymes, one of our key Paddle Diva leaders trained a group of clients to participate in the 3-mile and 6-mile courses. For many, it was their first experience participating in a World Paddle Association national qualifying race. Through Power Up on SUP fitness drills, race stroke techniques and loads of encouragement, Shari prepared this incredible group of women to stand up paddle for a cure! Along with Shari, our Paddle Diva team included Stacey Spencer, Jen Rice and Cate Rogers. We had great results and swept the race in almost every division!
This year, I supported the SUPers in the 3-mile recreational division, coaching if they needed guidance on paddleboard stroke techniques or maneuvering through the water. The energy and camaraderie along the water was amazing. I loved gliding alongside enthusiastic SUPers, sporting lovely shades of pink, and supporting a cause that affects so many families each year.
Paddling alongside me was Bethenny Frankel, one of the celebrities who got out on the water and showed support for this great cause. Bethenny was terrific! We each paddled one of her two Skinnygirl SUP boards, custom designed by Paddle Diva.
This summer, I have enjoyed picking up my weekly CSA basket from Amber Waves Farms located in Amagansett. As a participant in the 100-member Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) program, each week I’m able to pick up a basket of fresh seasonal organic produce.
Two inspiring women, Amanda Merrow and Katie Baldwin found the farm and are now in their sixth season. They started with an empty field, 18 CSA members and a combined savings of $5,000. Since then, Amanda and Katie have transformed that field into a farm that continues to give back to the local community.
Last week, 1,000 pounds of squash (a summer superfood!) was delivered to local food pantries and another 1,000 pounds went to the Long Island food bank for distribution. The farmer-food pantry partnership provides more than 300 low-income families with weekly supplies of fresh produce.
If you would like to join the CSA or donate to Amber Waves Farm, please visit their website. It’s a wonderful organization that provides a green option and is also committed to helping all members of our community eat well.
Squash, tomatoes and eggplant are three Summer Superfoods that recently arrived in my Amber Waves CSA basket.