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These are perfect shoes water enthusiasts. Astral designed them for kayakers but they are also great for other water sports including Stand Up Paddleboarding......especially white water SUP. I also use them for hiking around water/waterfalls and short trail runs.
In these photos I'm actually wearing the men's version but now they offer a female version! Astral says "they are sticky, stylish, and light-weight"
They are SO lightweight, they dry quickly and I love how the water drains out of the holes in the sides.
Astral also makes shoes for anglers.
*Made with Cordura® and Air Mesh fabric
I think my friends and neighbors in the Charlotte area would all agree that we are lucky to live near such a beautiful lake! I know I have some of my best times out on Lake Norman and I'm so happy that Stand Up Paddleboarding has become popular!
lululemon Birkdale is celebrating the 50th Anniversary this weekend!! Now that they are a part of our community they are looking for ways to support the lake and lake activities. Today they are displaying one of My Aloha Paddle & Surf's Suplove Stand Up Paddleboards. This is a great opportunity to check out this unique line of boards and to see what lululemon has going on that is new and exciting.
For more information about Lake Norman click the link below....it has a very interesting history.
I always talk about making fitness fun. If you dread it you won't do it. Staying active does not have to mean going to they gym and lifting weights and grinding away on a treadmill. Find something you love. This morning was a prime example of an event that made fitness fun! lululemon Athletica opened it's doors in Birkdale this weekend and there was no lack of fun energy today. Hundreds of people came out to support the opening and to participate in the fun run, exercise stations and Yoga Practice. If you want to surround yourself with active people these types of events are the right place to meet them. Thanks to the lululemon Birkdale team for organizing this event and bringing people together. Runners, yogies, triathletes, paddleboarders, pilates instructors, Pure Barre fans, crossfit "ers" all came together to network and enjoy being outside. Lots of fun! Below is a link to some of the pictures from this mornings activities.
My Aloha is excited to announce that it will host a FUN Stand Up Paddle Social event for the Charlotte Paddle community on May 11th at the Peninsula Yacht Club on Lake Norman (Cornelius, NC). The event is an opportunity for Stand Up Paddle Enthusiasts and those who want to try it for the first time to get together and enjoy beautiful Lake Norman. We will hold our BIG Race event later in the summer...stay tuned because that date is to be determined.
The May 11th event includes:
Two informal races (a long and short course)
- No registration / no fee required/ You must sign a waiver to participate
- First race begins at 8:15 a.m.
Stand Up Paddleboard Demonstrations (including Suplove boards)
We hope to see you there. Please spread the word!
WOW! Amazing what a little sunshine and a new Stand Up Paddle Board can do for your attitude! I will admit (and this is tough) I've been in a winter FUNK. I went through a major downsizing and move (for a good cause) and we've had some odd rainy, cold March weather in N.C.
I am happy to report that things are looking up!! The sun is out....Stand Up Paddleboard Season is starting in full swing on Lake Norman in April and there are so many outdoor events on the schedule. Vitamin D is GOOD! To top it off my brand new Suplove Paddleboard is on it's way from California. I am anxiously awaiting it's arrival early next week and can't wait to get it out on Lake Norman.
These boards are incredible! So durable and FUN! I'll be happy to let anyone who is interested demo it. If you'd like to get one of your own feel free to contact me. If you live in the Charlotte area you can check them out at My Aloha Paddle Sports & Fitness showroom (www.standuplkn.com ) If you live outside of that area I can chat with you about how to get one. Hopefully you have NOT been in a winter funk. But if you have, Stand Up Paddleboarding might be just what you need!
I wanted to share this blog by Brody Welte who is the creator and visionary behind PaddleFit. This really resonated with me and I thought it might give you food for thought as well. It obvsiouly applies to other areas of your life besides fitness and Stand Up Paddleboarding.
I would also add something that I heard recently at a business seminar which is also key in personal/professional growth and improvement. Everyone needs a "truth sayer" in their lives. Your mentor might be your "truth sayer", that person who is close enough to you and cares enough to tell you how "it really is". Sometimes friends out of kindness say what we want to hear. There are times when we all need to hear the real deal even if it stings a little bit. This is how we take next steps to getting better and reaching our goals.
From Brody Welte:
Where did your coach or trainer learn their knowledge? This is a great question to ask and in our society today It is real easy to “fake it till you make it”. The days of learning under someone and being an apprentice is long gone for the most part. The ones that get the concept of learning under someone and being an apprentice have the greatest longterm success. It is something that I constantly try and focus on and I seek out those who I respect and admire. PaddleFit owes a lot to 3 people who I have been personally connected with and have learned under. First and foremost I respect Dave Kalama for who he is and how he gives back to SUP. He is the best teacher of any subject that I have ever met. Dave has forgotten more about paddling than most people will ever learn and he is always trying to learn more and get better. I am very thankful for Dave trusting me enough to show me how to truly paddle. The second person that I respect a lot and have learned a lot from is Todd Durkin. Todd has trained many of today’s pro athletes and has given more back to the fitness industry than anyone I know. Todd has shown me the details of a great strength and conditioning program and has taught me to use the outdoors as your gym. Last but not least is Mark Verstagen. Mark’s company called Athletes Performance annual trains about 25% of all drafted professional athletes. The greatest thing that I have learned from Mark is how to develop a system. When you have a properly developed system you are the most effective in helping people achieve their goals. All three of these guys I admire a ton and I am thankful for my interactions with all of them. Whether they know it or not they have had direct, positive impact on PaddleFit. less
Launching the competitive SUP racing season, the 4th annual Wrightsville Beach Biathlon begins March 22, with practice runs and reception at Blockade Runner Beach Resort. On Saturday, March 23, extreme stand up paddleboard challengers face last year's winners, their own personal best, and experienced paddlers throughout the region.
The Wrightsville Beach Biathlon will benefit SUP Cleanup, an organization dedicated to maintaining clean waterways, marshes and barrier islands. This grass roots organization has grown to 17 chapters across the world, tackling trash problems in their local waterways. www.supcleanup.com
Biathlon Information and Registration: www.WBB.eventbrite.com
Discounted Biathlon lodging: www.WrightsvilleBiathlon.com/
Expect strong currents, inlet chop and heavy stroking on a four-mile route that loops from Banks Channel to Money Island into the Intracoastal Waterway through Motts Channel and back to the starting point. With the race half over, biathletes (or relay team members) will leave the water and sprint toward the oceanfront to compete in a four-mile pier-to-pier foot race in Wrightsville's beach sand, dramatically increasing the degree of difficulty compared to typical road races.
Relay teams are enticed into the competition with the coveted Masonboro Trophy and bragging rights for an entire year. Corporate-sponsored, male/male, male/female and husband-and-wife relay teams will battle for best times against defending relay champs Bike Cycles' Craig Stephens and Matt Whistoff. In 2012 they finished with a time of 1:13:40.
Wrightsville Beach and Blockade Runner Beach Resort host four major SUP events each year, attracting top SUP competitors in the world to North Carolina. Following the Wrightsville Beach Biathlon will be the annual Carolina Cup, planned for April 25-28; the North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge traditionally held during the third weekend in November; and the Cold Stroke Classic in January.
The Carolina Cup Stand Up Paddleboard race is right around the corner. April 26-28 in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The host resort for the event is the blockade-runner Beach Resort. THE ROOMS ARE BOOKING UP FAST! I spoke to them last night and they still have rooms available but they are almost sold out. If you are heading over to the Cup I highly suggest that you stay at this resort. Last year I waited too late to book my room and had to stay inland which was less than ideal to say the least. I am all booked for this year and so are many of the paddlers who will be racing and involved in the PaddleFit Certifications. It is a beautiful resort right on the beach and central to all of the paddle events that will be taking place that weekend. Here is the link with their contact informaiton. Hope to see you there! http://blockade-runner.com/
Hi Charlotte and Lake Norman Paddleboarders. This is just a quick note to let you know that we have updated the My Aloha Paddle Sports & Fitness website. It has a new look and feel and some exciting new content especially about our 2013 Paddle Fusion classes and personal coaching sessions. We would love your input on the site. Please forward any questions that you might have about our services and especially the fitness classes. Contact information is on the website.
Dana Slagle is the creator of this blog which she hopes will provide you with ideas and information that is inspirational. Her passion is Stand Up Paddleboarding which is why she decided to adopt the PaddleFit Lifestyle and become a PaddleFit Affiliate and Level 3 Coach.