Seychelle Sails, Snorkels and Paddles Bora Bora

Seychelle Bora Bora SIC MAUI celebrate sunshine
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Powerhouse paddler and SUP race training coach with a relentlessly positive attitude, Seychelle talks with Standup Journal about a recent magical trip to sail, cruise and paddle in Bora Bora.

Seychelle Bora Bora SIC Maui inflatable pump action
Traveling through an island chain is easy when you have an inflatable SUP at the ready! Seychelle pumps up her inflatable board to get ready to explore the islands & waters of Bora Bora.

Seychelle’s Trip of a Lifetime:  Paddling Bora Bora

“For as long as I can remember I have wanted to visit the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora. This year both the Euro Tour and the Paddle League were hosting back to back races in Tahiti, the Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Royal and the Air France Paddle Festival. I saw this as my opportunity to make the trip happen.

Seychelle Bora Bora SIC MAUI boat captain
Captain of the ship, Seychelle, charts a course through the pristine waters for which French Polynesia is well known.

In my experience, the best way to visit an island nation is by sea. My husband and I chartered a bareboat catamaran for the 5 days in between the two SUP events and sailed to Raiatea, Tahaa, and Bora Bora. We could have easily spent five weeks touring these French Polynesian gems.

Seychelle Bora Bora SIC Maui sunset paddle
Seychelle and her husband toured the island on a private catamaran for an up close and personal water experience.

The islands themselves are breathtakingly beautiful and the islanders are the most welcoming people. We spent our days paddling, snorkeling, exploring, and relaxing on the boat. It was a magical trip, much of which felt like stepping back in time.

Seychelle Bora Bora SIC MAUI celebrate sunshine
Hardly ever seen without that infectious grin, Seychelle’s delight is palpable in a marine environment as spectacular as Bora Bora in between SUP events. Way to train, Seychelle!

I highly suggest adding Tahiti and her islands to your bucket list of paddling destinations.  It is a dream paddling environment.”

Written by:  Seychelle Webster

Thanks, Seychelle!  We look forward to hearing of your next adventure!

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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.