I started Standup Paddleboarding also known as SUP about six years ago. As a local to Cape Cod, I was raised on water sports so it was only natural to take on a sport that included fitness and being on the water. Not knowing six years ago where this support would take me and who I would meet along the way, I would have never believed it. I started to SUP as a fun activity that took on a whole different life called the SUP Community.
My first Standup Paddleboard was bought online through a company in California, a 10’6 Smooth. I had not taken a lesson or even tried it yet but I knew I wanted to. The board showed up in this large box complete with a paddle, leash and fin. It was like Christmas Day! As soon as I could, I was out on the water trying it out. “Love at first try” and I was hooked. Next I found a SUP group called the Cape Cod Bay Challenge, “CCBC” that puts on a three race series during the summer to support Christopher’s Haven in Boston. All three events race funds for the non-profit organization that provides a home for children and their families while they battle cancer, www.christphershaven.org. The first race was a SUPathon in Wellfleet, I had no idea what I got myself into. It was definitely a waterman’s challenge where you paddle out 800 yards, beach run 400 yards for 8 laps. I completed this first race with the help of a good friend and got the bug for racing. One problem, I needed a race board. Next board was a 12’6 Surftech Bark, which has carried me across the bay for 3 years now for the final and last event of the CCBC Series, the Cape Cod Bay Challenge, a 34-36 mile trek from Plymouth Harbor to Wellfleet Harbor and every year it lives up to its name and I would not have it any other way. The Surftech Bark has been my companion for six years now. I have met every race with a challenge for myself to do my best and see where it takes me.
2015 was a big year for me as I completed a full season of races from June to November, earned my ACA L1 Certification to teach SUP, shared the love of SUP with my husband Brett and my son Tyler who both now compete, met some great new friends in a very supportive community. 2016 looks to bring even more as I have joined Team MOCEAN under the guidance of owner Ryan Hewson, team members Jason Chorches, Tara Regan, Brett Currier, and when he is not playing baseball or bullpen catching for the Bourne Braves, Tyler Currier.
As part of Team MOCEAN, I will be racing on a new board, a custom Bote Darkroom which is currently being built and will be revealed in the next few weeks. I continue to train for the upcoming 2016 races through the winter months and will provide my blogs through this website. In addition to paddle training, I also include crossfit as part of training regime. So this winter you will either find me out on the water, at Bourne CrossFit or in my home gym on my Indo Board or doing yoga. This summer I will be available through MOCEAN for lessons and tours. Visit MOCEAN in Mashpee Commons and in the summer at Kingman Marina.
Cape Cod Aloha and hope to see you on the water!