Paddle Into Fitness

Paddle Into Fitness Newsletter: May 2012


Happy June, friends! Here at Paddle Into Fitness, we have more than a few reasons to smile. For starters, there are still two weeks left until the longest day of the year (June 20) which means longer days, later sunsets and plenty of time tolive, laugh and paddle our hearts out.


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Our founder, Gillian Gibree just returned from Vail, Colorado where she went to compete in the TEVA Mountain Games. Unfortunately, the SUP events were called off due to low water levels, but she still got to do a fun mud run with the other pro SUP girls, paddle down the Colorado River, fish off of her board and SUP on white water for the first time. Here trip to Vail proved that there are so many different ways to enjoy this awesome sport!


Another reason to celebrate is that next month, thousands of enthusiastic yogis are descending upon our beautiful city for the first annual Yoga Journal Conferencein San Diego! Mandy, Kathryn and Gillian will be leading SUP Yoga clinics on July 14 and 15 – see below for more details and a special coupon code.


Our SUP Yoga Teacher Training certification in August is filling up fast! We only have 7 spots left, so if you are a yoga teacher (or experienced yogi) and want to spend 4 glorious days on the water with us learning to teach our PIF signature classes, apply here today!


On August 25th, Gillian will be participating in the Cape Cod Bay Challenge – a 36 mile Stand Up Paddle Crossing from Plymouth to Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Last year Gillian had an amazing experience with a passionate group of paddlers who helped raise over $100,000 for Christopher’s Haven, a non-profit organization that provides housing for families who bring their child to Boston’s Mass General Hospital for cancer treatment. Click here to support Gillian and the great work done at Christopher’s Haven!


We hope to see you at one of our many exciting events this summer. In the meantime, enjoy this video showing how to work into more challenging poses like Side Plank, Wild Thing and one-legged Wheel Pose on a paddleboard!

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Yoga Tutorial: How to do ADVANCED WHEEL POSE
SUP Yoga Tutorial: How to do ADVANCED WHEEL POSE


See you on the water,


Mandy Burstein, PIF Operations Manager

….and the rest of the Paddle Into Fitness team ♥

Instructor Highlight: Laura


1) Name, Age, Hometown:  Laura Thornton. Age = old, but if you must include my age (ha-ha), it’s almost 49, from Southern California. Been paddling for 4 years.


2) What physical/mental changes have you noticed since including SUP in your life?  Mental = Every day on the water is a good day.  How lucky am I to be able to teach others (which I love) while paddling around the beautiful harbor. Physically it helps with core strength and upper body strength. If I’m teaching fitness, it’s a great whole body workout.


3) When and where do you teach? I teach Beginner SUP on Tuesdays at 5pm and Saturdays at 8am. I teach SUP Fitness on Saturdays at 10am, all out of the OEX Sunset Beach/Huntington Harbor location.



4) What do you like most about teaching SUP? (1) When I have a student who is afraid to fall in the water/afraid they won’t be able to do it, and discover they can, and then watching them progress from wobbly at the beginning of class to proficient by the end. (2) When they tell me how much fun it was and they are so glad they tried it, and (3) When I have students who are athletic and I can teach them more advanced paddle techniques. For my Fitness classes, I love when students try the things they do on land and discover they can do it on a board too!  So much better than doing it inside 4 walls! I also really enjoy the physical workout I get while teaching.


5) What is your favorite post-SUP snack?

Vitamin Water and some turkey or chicken with quinoa.

Yoga Journal Conference
Yoga Journal is heading to Southern California for the premiere Yoga Journal Conference: San Diego, July 12-16, 2012! Backbend into summer and sync up your practice with the Yoga Journal community for five days of euphoric yoga. Conference highlights include: All-Day Intensives, Saturday night kirtan with Dave Stringer, one hundred classes to choose from, and an unmatched teacher roster with favorites Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Ana Forrest, David Swenson, and many more!  If you would like to join the fun, here is a special coupon code good for $50 off the Main Conference pass: SD11. Click here for more info.

About Paddle Into Fitness

Paddle Into Fitness® leads exciting Beginner Paddle, SUP Yoga and Surfer’s Sculpt classes at three locations in San Diego and Orange County, California. In 2011, Paddle Into Fitness was nominated for “Best Yoga” by the San Diego Union Tribune. In addition to weekly group and private classes, Paddle Into Fitness offers SUP Yoga retreats, a SUP Yoga instructor certification program and in 2012, introduced the first signature SUP Yoga board through SUP Company. At Paddle Into Fitness, you will find a unique way to get into shape, have fun, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, while connecting to the ocean.



6 Class Pack

for $100!

Details: *Limit One per customer

*May not share with another person

*Must be purchased by June 30, 2012

*All classes must be used by Nov 30, 2012

*Applies to OEX Mission Bay and

OEX Sunset Beach locations
*Must call preferred location and

book classes directly through them

Offer Expires: JUNE 30

      Class Schedule
5 PM : Beginner SUP
5 PM : SUP Yoga
8 AM : SUP Yoga
10 AM : Beginner SUP

8 AM : SUP Yoga
10 AM : Beginner SUP



OEX Mission Bay: San Diego

1010 Santa Clara Place

Mission Bay, CA 92109



    OEX Sunset Beach:
Orange County

  16910 Pacific Coast Hwy

  Sunset Beach, CA 90742


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