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Record-Breaking Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink Raises $1.5 million

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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.

Shari Hymes and Team Paddle Diva at Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink

Shari Hymes and Team Paddle Diva at Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink

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.

 

Gina with Bethenny Frankel at 2014 Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink

Gina Bradley with Bethenny Frankel at 2014 Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink

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Locally CSA Grown Summer Superfoods from Amber Waves Farms

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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.

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Paddle for a Cure this Saturday, August 16

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Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink 

I want to commend Shari Hymes, one of our core Paddle Diva leaders and instructors. Over these past few weeks, Shari has been working very hard to train a group of women SUPers. Through drills, paddleboard stroke techniques and loads of encouragement, Shari has been preparing them to stand up paddle for a cure!

Together, on this Saturday, August 16, this group of amazing women will be participating in the Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink. It’s an annual event that brings together competitive stand up paddle boarders and several hundred guests in support of raising critical funds in the fight against breast cancer.

The event is a World Paddle Association national qualifying race and offers 2 courses — a 3-mile recreational and 6-mile elite course.  Shari’s patience, encouraging teaching style and positive energy adds so much to our “Paddle for Pink” SUP team. We are both very excited to see these women paddle across the finish line.

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Inspirational Woman for August: Erika Bloom

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Paddle Diva loves to celebrate women’s accomplishments, highlighting inspirational women who motivate and encourage others to lead healthier lives. For August I’m featuring Erika Bloom, who continues to help women feel more confident through Pilates, holistic fitness and wellness.

Erika is the mother of two and founder of Erika Bloom Pilates Plus. I’m continually impressed by her ability to run a business and manage family life so competently! She has managed to expand her brand into international arenas, while continuing to maintain great leadership among her staff. Along with being a strong leader and businessperson, Erika is an all-around athlete and keeps up with interests such as stand up paddleboarding, road cycling and mountain biking.

The first Erika Bloom Pilates Plus location opened over 10 years ago on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Since then, Erika has grown her business with locations in the Hamptons, Greenwich, Connecticut, and most recently to the tropical island paradise of Turks and Caicos.  Last fall, Erika opened the beautiful 375-square-foot Pilates studio at the Amanyana resort. Set on secluded white-sand beaches filled with delicate oceans breezes and turquoise waters, it’s a superb locale that melds serenity, mediation, fitness and relaxation. Tranquil ponds, a spa boutique, treatment pavilions and a wellness facility surround the Pilates studio. 

Erika Bloom Pilates

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Diva Picks: Summer SUP Apparel

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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.

BloqUV tops | Paddle Diva

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.

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