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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The young sport of stand-up paddleboarding continues to evolve and grow in popularity.
Once my Paddle Diva clients have the basic SUP strokes and techniques down, I often recommend other forms of SUP’ing.
If you are looking to tone up this summer, you may want to try a “Power Up on SUP” class. Shari Hymes, one of our lead instructors at Paddle Diva, has introduced a fitness class that incorporates TRX Suspension exercises into SUP. TRX Suspension is a proactive type of exercise that strengthens your upper body, legs, abdominals and core; this type of strength training helps you prevent injuries. I find that TRX is also beneficial for stand up paddle boarders because it helps to increase balance and flexibility.
If you want to give it a whirl, Shari leads “Power Up on SUP” classes every Monday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00-11:00 am. Click here to view the weekly schedule!
When it comes to SUP, the quality of the paddle you use can enhance your stand up paddleboarding experience. During the summer months, I can sometimes spend six hours a day on my board working with clients. For me, it’s important to have something easy on the shoulders and very lightweight. The type of paddle blade you select plays an important role in maintaining your stamina and can aid in your effort to go long distances. You want a paddle that is well made, with a comfortable grip and offering flexibility on the water.
At Paddle Diva’s Shagwong Marina headquarters, I offer clients the opportunity to test out SUP gear while taking paddleboard lessons. It’s a way to figure out what is most comfortable before purchasing. Carbonerro and Riviera paddles are two paddles that my clients love.
Carbonerro SUP Paddles
The Carbonerro 75, also known as the Hot Tamale (I love the name!) is the go-to paddle for me. This lightweight, carbon fiber paddle has an innovative design that reduces hand fatigue. It cuts nicely on the water and offers a smoother, faster SUP stroke.
Carbonerro co-founder, Chris Gutzeit, designs paddles specifically for SUP and SUP racing. He understands the needs of the SUP enthusiasts and develops paddles with the right amount of flex to evenly distribute the energy from your body to the blade. While teaching SUP at Blueline Paddle Surf in Santa Barbara, Chris saw firsthand the need for lightweight paddle gear.