Positive Vibes for Noah Yap – A hard head and a great healer

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We, at Standup Journal, are standing with much of the paddling and surfing world today as we send positive, healing thoughts to young Noah Yap and his family.

Noa Yap
Noa is a young but fierce competitor in the standup paddling world. We wish him well! Photo by: Donavan

Word came out last night that Noah Yap has sustained a severe head trauma while skateboarding on Maui.  While the details are unclear, Noah’s brother Taylor reported on his Facebook page that when Noah fell he hit his head and had a seizure.

He gave further information that validated that although Noah definitely cracked his skull, there is NO bleeding happening on the brain and the neurosurgeon feels he will be ok.

At 7:00AM this morning, Tyler reports that his brother is awake with a screaming headache but doing fine.

He says:  “Hi everyone. He’s miraculously awake. No bleed on his brain. He’s sick and throwing up with a greatly head ache. But that’s amazing considering everything. The neurosurgeon feels comfortable allowing him to heal at home- with the skull fracture. Thank you all for your prayers!”


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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.