Seychelle speaks to ‘New’ SIC Gorge Challenge

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Seychelle SIC Gorge Challenge photo by Lawson Walker
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Exciting news.  The legendary Gorge Challenge has picked up a new title sponsor.  SIC Maui steps up to support this one-of-a-kind downwind racing event and create an expansion in the sport of stand up paddling.  We are so stoked.

Seychelle SIC Gorge Challenge photo by Lawson Walker
Seychelle is a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the water. This fierce and fiery female has GOALS. We respect that. Photo by: Lawrence Whitaker

The ‘New’ SIC Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge:  August 17-18th

It’s hard to catch Seychelle when she’s not grinning ear to ear about something. As a trainer, yogi and stand up paddle athlete, Seychelle’s determination, focus and drive is a formidable combined force.  She’s in it to win it, but she is also cheering YOU on in the midst of the maelstrom.

So, when we caught up to this fierce Floridian to ask about her perspective on SIC Maui taking over as title sponsor for the Gorge Paddle Challenge after Naish SUP stepped down, we knew we were in for a positive response.

Seychelle Olivia Piana SIC Maui Gorge Paddle Challenge
It’s all smiles as Seychelle stands with powerhouses Shae Foudy and Olivia Piana at the 2018 Gorge Paddle Challenge

SIC athlete Seychelle speaks on ‘new’ SIC Gorge Challenge

I am super stoked to have SIC Maui become the title sponsor of the Gorge Challenge. This has easily become one of my favorite events of the year. Coming to the Gorge is about so much more than just racing.”

Now in it’s 9th year, the Gorge Challenge has become one of the most prestigious SUP events in the world and is recognized as a WPA-sanctioned race. SIC and the Gorge Challenge both share deep roots in the downwind paddling community as well as a proven commitment to paddlers of all ages and skill levels.

SIC and the Gorge Challenge share a commitment to both elite athletes and recreational paddlers alike, and we know this shared commitment will make for an excellent partnership,” cites Erin Gates, Gorge Challenge Partner.

SIC Maui Gorge Paddle Challenge
A weekend of tech racing, youth courses and the legendary Double Down elite race are all part of the 2019 SIC Maui Gorge Paddle Challenge and more.

This event founded in Hood River Oregon, today hosts two full days of competition for all ages and race classes. It includes the iconic Double Down Race featuring two back-to-back downwind courses with the world’s top SUP athletes. Also showcased are a variety of technical, sprint and youth races making it a fun weekend for the entire family!

When the conditions are right, its a whole entire week of sharing stellar downwind runs with my paddling friends and fam from around the world,” says Seychelle. “I think it perfectly embodies the SIC Maui Ohana motto: ‘Bound by Water’.”

Seychelle SUP SIC Maui
Seychelle’s best advice for preparing for this prestigious event is to get out there and Ride like the Wind!

Training Tips from Seychelle for SIC Gorge Challenge

The best training tip for the SIC Gorge Downwind Challenge is to do as much downwinding as you possibly can. I follow a pretty strict training program to prepare for upcoming races, but when the right conditions present themselves, I will opt for a downwinder every time.

My best advice is to pay close attention to the wind, wave and weather forecasts in your area and take advantage of downwind opportunities.”

The SIC Gorge Challenge will take place on July 22 – 24th, 2022. For more information on the course and registration information, follow the SIC Gorge Challenge on Facebook and Instagram or sign up on paddleguru.com .

We’ll be rooting for ya!

Seychelle also offers training tips for the Crossing for a Cure, an 80-mile open water crossing from Bimini to mainland Florida to raise money for families coping with Cystic Fibrosis. You can follow them on Facebook or Instagram @crossingforacure to take your performance to a new level. You just might wind up doing the Crossing for good yourself!

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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.