Diva in the Spotlight
This Friday I want to inspire and motivate you to get ready for Spring by showing you some great photos of five women I sincerely admire and love — and who all love stand up paddling! All of us SUP because we love it, we see the benefits, and most importantly because it is a great way to feel free and empowered out on the water!
Here are my Fantastic Friday Five Female SUP’ers who are making a difference and a few words as to why:
- Susan Rockefeller: Ocean Conservation and love of the environment
- Mary Scheerer: For her passion and dedication to racing
- Kristin Thomas: Founder of the first SUP trade association and member of the World Paddle Association’s Advisory Board
- Bethenny Frankel: She is ‘game’ when it comes to SUP and empowering so many women to be strong.
- Emma Bradley: For being a leader amongst her friends and holding the future of the sport in her hands through her love of it!
Roxane is one of our most cherished Diva’s! She came to us last June claiming to be terrified of “water, sharks and anything she can’t see below her in the water.” Roxane has now become one of our most accomplished Diva. She’s a regular in all our groups going into the ocean, bays and down the Peconic River. She is an amazing ambassador of this sport by getting her body and mind in shape by paddling.
Her enthusiasm and love for stand up paddling is an inspiration for us all.
Diva of the week Lynn has been an admirer of stand up paddlers for over two years now and until very recently only watched them from the shore, wondering if she’d ever get out there on her own some day! Lynn is fearless on the page-she writes ads and marketing materials for clients all over the world for her company blumenfeld + fleming the leading advertsiting, marketing and design firm in the Hamptons, where she is a co-founder and Partner. She is even working on a novel! But water is another story. Lynn likes to look at the ocean, not dive into it, she’s not a great swimmer, all of which made her one of our most challenging, yet not atypical students.
Her maiden voyage was charmed as we glided along Three Mile Harbor. On her second lesson, however, crazy winds blew that humbled us all as we attempted to keep our noses into the wind, but Lynn prevailed and kept up with the group! Within 3 weeks, though, somehow we at Paddle Diva convinced her to try – the 7 mile Wahine paddle with Paddlers for Humanity. (and our team never left her side and though she came in last, she finished and raised over $1000 for The Retreat) Lynn was an actress and fronted a band, so she’s always been a bit of a diva – but she never thought she’d be a stand up paddler. She’s THRILLED!
Sydney Jones a local artist in Amagansett, came to Paddle Diva as she put it “to find a form of exercise that I might like, since I hate to exercise!” One month later, she not only has found something she loves, she also provides inspiration and encouragement to other Divas as they take on the sport for the first time or are out practicing their skills. She finds that our technique for teaching women is so watertight that she doesn’t take any plunges and is often seen “fake” falling off her board to cool down in the bay! Sydney has had many exciting adventures and experiences in her lessons with us, she has been in the open ocean, paddled through wind and current in channels and has had the opportunity to meet local fishermen to learn their “secret” spots for find oysters and clams!
Soon to be a proud owner of her own board and paddle and staying committed to her yoga practice, paddling lessons and group tours, Sydney has shown us that anyone can make positive changes in their health and fitness by searching for something they love to do and then making the time to do it with a smile on their face!
Susan’s love of the air, water and environment was evident the moment she stepped on a Stand Up Paddle Board this June. Immediately falling in love with the sport and how it allows one to connect with nature, Susan encouraged her children and husband to continue to develop their skills on the boards so that as a family they had a wonderful way to share a sport together. Not only has Susan brought SUP to her immediate family but every time she shows up for a tour or lesson and opens up a whole new world for them as we all “walk on the water” and explore the bays and inlets around the East End.
Susan, among her multitude of creative talents, is also a jewelry designer. Through her entrepreneurial endeavor Rocknrola, she designs jewelry meant to awaken our souls, nourish our love of good design, and inspire all of us to become better stewards of our precious earth. Susan was so inspired by (stand-up paddle boarding) in the Hamptons this summer and Paddle Diva.
Susan is also an award winning documentary filmmaker. Mission of the Mermaids is her latest work is a short film that represents both the spectacular beauty and the current plight of the world’s oceans. Her film Striking a Chord was at The Hamptons Film Festival October2010. Susan Plans on paddling in between seeing the films. Her other films include Making the Crooked Straight and she co-produced A Sea Change.
She is the Chairwomen for Oceana’s Ocean council, a board member of Alaska Conservation Foundation and is on the program committee with The Stone Barns for Sustainable Agriculture. These and her keen eye towards the environment makes Paddle Diva proud to support Susan and provide her a new way to enjoy the ocean and leave nothing behind but a gentle eddy off her paddle.