Anne has been stand up paddle boarding since 2007. She’s truly at her happiest when she’s out on the water.Her forte is SUP Yoga, but she also enjoys working on her SUP surfing skills and going for long distance paddles.She loves teaching new people how to paddle board and showing them the tips and tricks she’s learned over the years.Her favorite paddling spots are inRhode Island, but she can also be found on the South Shore of the Boston area. Anne is a RYT 200-hour yoga instructor and a H2YO certified SUP yoga instructor. She is also a certified SUP instructor with the WPA and is a Level 2 certified coach with PaddleFit. She additionally holds a certification with the American Red Cross for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
When and where did you start SUP ?
2007 in Miami, FL
Which sports did you practice before? And now?
I’ve always been into watersports – my favorite being windsurfing and sailing, in addition to SUP. Tennis is my favorite on-land sport. I still do all of them, but SUP has gone to the top of the list.
How have the sports you did before helped with SUP?
Being comfortable on and around the water was, of course, a huge help. I feel at ease on the water and this definitely helped me want to improve my paddling skills and bring that knowledge to others.
What attracts you to SUP?
The amazing feeling you get being out on the water and the calmness that instantly comes over you when you’re gliding through it. I am a strong believer that the water has an incredible power to change your perceptions and help you see the true beauty that is all around us. It’s a proven fact that people naturally react positively to being around water. Furthermore, it’s a pretty amazing stress reducer and who wouldn’t want that?
SUP race, SUP surf or something else?
SUP Yoga is my forte, but I’m getting more into SUP surfing.
SUP is booming, do you think this is a fad or a change in attitudes over the long term?
SUP is definitely sticking around for the long term. I think more and more people are trying it and finding that it’s not as hard as they thought it was. People like it because it can either be a great workout or a leisurely and fun activity to do solo or with friends – there are so many different types of paddling, so there’s something for everyone.
Do you participate in competitions
I have in the past, but just for fun.