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Jaime DonnellyHometown: Laguna Beach, CA
Standup paddling has given me the opportunity to connect with my mind, body and spirit on greater level. Even on the most challenging days, the moment my paddle hits the water, my mind quiets down. The rhythmic motion of SUP is a moving meditation; I witness a stronger connection to nature, and God through SUP. It's not rare in my hometown of Laguna to paddle with hundreds of dolphins, chase whales, spy a few starfish on the reef and check out the sea lions in an hour's time on the water. Some of the clients I've worked with have never touched the ocean before SUP, much less getting to paddle alongside Shamu or a pod of dolphins. In addition to instructing, I enjoy racing on occasion (goal setting keeps me motivated), teaching SUP and Paddle Fit and ocean touring with friends.
SUP has also given me the opportunity to do something I am extremely passionate about with the ones I love. Not all my best girlfriends enjoy surfing, mountain biking down intense single track, or contorting their bodies in Ashtanga yoga classes, but they all LOVE paddling! With the availability of various shapes, lengths and volumes of SUPs on the market today, anyone can do it! I've had friends with serious injuries come back stronger than ever after a Summer of SUP. Paddling is a natural high, an endorphin booster, and will raise your mood instantaneously. The six pack abs effect isn't a bad payoff either. Have I convinced you SUP changed lives yet?
Ian CairnsHometown: Kew, Australia
Ian was a competitor on the World Tour in the 70's into the 80's, with 6 World Tour event wins, a best finish of #2 in 1976 and Championship runs in Hawaiian Pro and Australian Pro seasons. Moving into event promotions Ian founded the Op Pro at Huntington Beach and in 1983 founded the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) which he ran till 1986. In 1994 Ian founded the US Open of Surfing and ran many WCT and WQS events as part of his function as Director of the ASP North America Regional Office. In 1998 Ian was one of the founders of Bluetorch, a TV/Web/Event company that was the precursor of action sports multi-media businesses like FuelTV.Ian is in the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, the West Australian Sporting Hall of Fame and in 2010, Ian was invested into the Hall of Fame and Walk of Fame with plaques and hand-prints on the sidewalks at Huntington Beach, California. With his varied experiences in surfing, as a competitor, event director, media producer, sport administrator and coach, Ian has a unique historical perspective on surfing today. A a surfer for 45 years, Ian still hits the waves regularly alongside his wife Alisa and their twin boys, Ethan and Malachai.given me the opportunity to do something I am extremely passionate about with the ones I love. Not all my best girlfriends enjoy surfing, mountain biking down intense single track, or contorting their bodies in Ashtanga yoga classes, but they all LOVE paddling! With the availability of various shapes, lengths and volumes of SUPs on the market today, anyone can do it! I've had friends with serious injuries come back stronger than ever after a Summer of SUP. Paddling is a natural high, an endorphin booster, and will raise your mood instantaneously. The six pack abs effect isn't a bad payoff either. Have I convinced you SUP changed lives yet?
Kala AlexanderHometown: Kauai, Hawaii
At 42 years old, Kala Alexander, a lifelong waterman and surf icon, is in the best shape of his life. In fact, he rode the biggest wave of his life just a few months ago. Fountain of youth? Nope, he says���stand up paddling. ���One of the main reasons I feel so good is SUPing. I started about four years ago and have been hooked ever since. My core has never been stronger. My paddling has never felt stronger. It's better than the gym. You never get bored and you don't need waves to get a workout," he explains. Born on Oahu's North Shore and raised on Kauai, Kala has been riding waves for most of his life. A sponsored pro since the age of 13, he has always had an affinity for big waves, and the ocean has been his greatest formative influence. As a result of Kala's surfing career, he has also had the opportunity to work as an actor and model. He had a role in the breakout hit film Blue Crush in 2002, and has appeared in several other movies, TV shows and commercials. Kala has also been featured in ESPN Magazine, Vogue, FHM, and Esquire magazines, to name a few. Most recently, he was tapped to play a character on the new Hawaii 5-0.
Eight years ago, he moved back to Oahu and was getting paid to surf by companies like DaHui and Electric Visual. According to Kala, the highlight of his surfing career was competing in the 2009 Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay as the Aikau family pick. On the strength of his performance, he was officially invited back the following year���a huge accomplishment and honor. But recently, Kala found himself ready for a change. ���I've been surfing for about 40 years and was a little burned out. SUPing has revitalized my love for the ocean and riding waves," he says. Of Laguna Beach SUPCO and its founder Tommy Donnelly, Kala says, ���We share the same passion for SUPing and riding waves. I love the vision and passion that the SUPCO team has for the sport and am honored to be part of it all." He adds, ���If you wanna get in shape, grab a SUP board!"
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