Happiness is a Choice – Stand Up Paddle Finland

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Thomas Oschwald, from Team Fanatic, went on an amazing paddle journey to Finland in order to explore places hitherto unknown.  What he discovered in something special:  a personal lifeline to happiness.

Happiness is a Choice:  a Sup Journey to Finland

Experience the journey with this iconic footage from Thomas Oschwald on his stand up paddle adventure in Kolovasi National Park, Finland.

As winter’s cold fingers begin to set in, Thomas takes one more journey on his paddle board before the lakes freeze over.  Garbed with his North Face gear and his Exped expedition equipment, and featured on his Fanatic Sup inflatable touring board, Thomas takes on a beautiful, solitary, wintry adventure with visual promise that will stun your system into bliss.

Sit back & enjoy!


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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.