Take a Wild Lobster Ride – Happy Solstice!

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They say on the solstice, it’s good to keep your spirits rising. It brings you abundance and more of the happiness you generate on the solstice itself. So, what do you want to do to celebrate this longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere?

Check out this guy. He’s got it dialed.

Whitewater daredevil Rafa Ortiz takes on waterfall on board inflatable crustacean.

Rafa Ortiz has a penchant for throwing himself down white water rapids and waterfalls, however this time he’s done it in style… on an inflatable lobster.

The blow-up crustacean is something you’d more likely find in a Hamptons swimming pool, but Ortiz decided to use it to take himself head first down Langosta Falls, holding on to his inflatable friend even throughout his landing.

Send your Summer Solstice paddling photos in to us here Standup Journal online.  We’d love to celebrate with you!  Email me at:  evelyn@standupjournal.com

Rock ON, Rafa!  Time to rethink those pool toys 😉


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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.