Paddle – and P2SUP – For Change

Paddling for the pure joy of sharing the water and the stoke

Paddling for the pure joy of sharing the water and the stoke

We all grab our board and paddle for different reasons. Each day’s session on the water is fueled by its own motivation. Why do YOU paddle? Bob Purdy paddles, in his own words, because, “I have paddled my Standup Paddle Surfer every day since January 1, 2011 to “Change the Way we live on the Planet” Bob invites us all to paddle for the change we want to see in the world (environmental, social, economic) then paddle for it until change occurs.

I have followed Bob’s quest for a few years – he is now past 1700 days in a row- because his commitment resonated with me.  Fortunately, through Elder SUP, I have had the good fortune to meet many folks, like Bob, who head to the water and make a difference – through racing for charities, paddling for a cause or becoming a kinder, more mindful self.

Pick a change, commit to that change,  and paddle for that change until it becomes a reality. We have selected to share our P2SUP guided meditations for SUP with cancer survivors, those battling its effect, along with their friends and family. From Bend, OR to South Florida we recently began a new journey. Connecting the benefit of P2SUP with both experience and fundraising for organizations benefitting cancer research and support is a solid part of our focus.

One of my favorite paddling partners is 7 year-old Julia. She paddles with playful gusto and glee, power and perseverance. I think a great deal of the motivation that inspired me to created “Power of Presence SUP” was the hope that some of our guided meditations for SUP could deliver what comes to Julia naturally – a free, accepting, grateful/playful approach to lfe.  In order to best share that goal, I will be sharing P2SUP workshops in South Florida before the Standup for the Cure – Miami event on November 7.julia1st

The more time we spend on the water sharing our first collection of P2SUP guided meditations for SUP the more we realize how powerful that experience is. No matter what skill level, paddlers discover they enjoy the 15 minute P2SUP sessions easily from the first try. Whether or not people practice traditional yoga or SUP Yoga, something in the meditations resonates easily – with what they need right now.

miamiStandup paddling can be a wonderful healing therapy for those dealing with cancer – and an uplifting experience out on the water for family and friends. I wrote an article about Shelby Schweitzer awhile ago. In her words, “Standup for The Cure is the Schweitzer family’s biggest source of pride.  Our aunt, Judie Vivian founded this organization 4 years ago after struggling with breast cancer. ” Judie Vivian and Shelby’s mom, Shawneen,  came up with the idea while on the beach one day. Then Rob and Judie Vivian took the idea and turned it into an annual event that has raised almost  $200,000 to date (2014) for Susan G Komen Foundation.  They set a Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Standup paddle lesson in the world!!!.shlkeby-cure1

Over time we realized that the P2SUP practice of mindfulness and a tool kits of meditations to use while paddling could enhance the benefits of regular paddling for those dealing with cancer. For that reason we will be giving FREE workshops on the water, evening talks full of stories and powerful information and a donation from every sale made the week of Nov 4-10 in honor of Standup for the Cure Miami. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US.

As a cancer survivor I learned the importance of both gratefulness and acceptance, of taking time for myself and for friends and family. On the 10th year anniversary of my surviving I chose to paddle ten 3-mile laps through hometown Bend, OR. SUP has been a powerful part of my healing – and active living – process.

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UDWC – Stream Stewardship Day

Kolleen Yake welcoming community volunteers

Kolleen Yake welcoming community volunteers

It is a honor to serve on the Board of the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council. From the UpStream event to support their amazing educational program, to so many restoration projects the UDWC is busy all year long. One of their most visible events is Stream Stewardship Day when the entire community is invited to gather at the downtown Bend section of our beautiful Deschutes River to clean up and pull invasive species from the shore.

Large garbage bags in hand, we all set out after learning what each of the three targeted invasive weed species were. About 60 people took to the banks while the divers, about 20, prepared to clean the mid stream channel and others manned support boats and paddleboards. ssd

Those of us choosing to hit the water with the divers, canoes, kayaks and SUP boards were ready to get wet if necessary nabbing beer cans, bottles, plastic, a bike, an umbrella, many car keys and more. More than 45 bags of trash and weeds were collected. Most of the largest items (bikes, umbrellas, plastic) came from the deep and fast-moving mid stream area. It is obvious that we need to have a sense of stewardship among the recreational users of our beautiful river. Taking care to keep everything loaded onto a raft or float at the put-in taken OFF the river at the take out. IMG_2859[1]

The best quotes of the day – from the riparian areas:

“There sure is a lot less garbage than last year.”

“Maybe we are making a difference and people are being more careful.”

Yes! and that is the point – we can all do our part and make a difference. Bring a container for loose items and garbage, pick up trash you see floating or along the riparian areas. Here are a few shots of all of us enjoying time on the water.

An anchor, many lighters and a few bottles retrieved from the water

An anchor, many lighters and a few bottles retrieved from the water


My KIALOA inflatable Napali board was the perfect way to enjoy time as a “River Steward.”

Live Like You Paddle: Jaimie Kinard

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It’s always great to hear from KIALOA Paddles ‘Elele Jaimie Kinard.  Beyond her exploits in and on the water she is always reaching for ways to share her time and talents.

In June, Jaimie and two friends started “In Her Element,” a Hawai’i-based women’s outdoor adventure and lifestyle blog. One of the friends, Britt Harris, is an ER nurse at Wahiawa General, an avid surfer, trail runner and general fitness enthusiast. Taylor Nelson just graduated from UH and is a talented, graceful longboarder. None of the three claim to be experts in fitness, health or nutrition. In Jaimie’s words, “We are just three regular ladies who wanted a safe space to share, motivate, and encourage other women.”

Check out the blog for for workout ideas or to read/comment on/subscribe to the interesting and insightful blog posts. Jaimie invites you, “We welcome positive feedback, comments, questions, etc as we scoot along on our journeys! Come along to encourage and be encouraged!”

jknew4Other news from Jaimie include quite and adventure with her Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) recruit classmate and dear friend, Sanja du Plessis. They embarked on four days and three nights on the Kalalau Trail on the island of Kaua’i. It was a challenging 11 miles to Kalalau Beach plus an additional 4 to check out Hanakapiai Falls.jknew5

Jaimie was set on seeing the Na Pali coastline from land as she had previously only seen it from the water, paddling by in an outrigger canoe. Jaimie shares, “It was definitely harder hiking the coastline with a 47 pound pack than paddling it, but I was frequently rewarded with jaw-dropping views along the way. I wouldn’t have traded the sweat, muscle aches or lost toe nail for anything.”

Make a Wish: Jaimie and HFD fire fighter Kama Ortiz  volunteer as Wish Grantors for the Make a Wish foundation. They were lucky enough to get a friend/fellow HFD fire fighter’s son as their Wish Kid. He was just recently cleared as NED (No Evidence of Disease) from osteosarcoma (cancer of the bone) and continues with physical therapy three times a week and medication for pain management. On his 11th birthday they presented Kalā Peter with his Make-A-Wish wish.He and his family will be attending the PAX Seattle in August, thanks to Make-A-Wish Hawai’i. Sharing, caring and embodying the many attributes found in her sponsor company, KIALOA Paddles, Jaimie inspires us all.

Be sure to check the In Her Element blog for more.

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