Janna grew up in Florida but didn’t get into surfing till her early 30’s. Knowing surfer beach life was in her future, she moved in Maui in 2007 and was luckily to get exposed to SUP early on.
“Pro SUP rider Ann Marie Reichman was great to teach us and we were hooked. I instantly wanted to spend more time on the boards and thought of getting people out in Toronto, on the lakes”.
She finished her 200hr yoga teacher training in 2008 and started her company SUPGirlz in Toronto the same year. She has been a vegetarian for 20+ years and has run SUPsurfing/ vegan retreats in Ecuador since 2009. Competing sometimes in SUPsurfing and SUP racing, she leads workshops and classes most the year teaching teachers and students all elements of SUP and surfing.
She is master certified through PIF and WPA and additionally holds certifications from ISA and YA. More info on retreats at Love Life Adventures and Adicto Surf. Janna is happy to be part of the Rogue SUP team too!
It’s all about balance and becoming more aware of all that is possible moves your whole life into greater balance! Courtney’s training in dance, power cheerleading and paddleboarding has given her a solid foundation on land, in the air and on the water! Growing up by the lakeside of Ontario provided the opportunity for Courtney to play on the water from a very young age and her passion for all things SUP has grown to include racing, socials and teaching yoga on the paddleboard. Courtney is a high school French and Math teacher who thrives on continuous education from a variety of disciplines and sources. Surf and SUP boards aren’t the only boards she plays on… Courtney is an avid snowboarder who also helps run her high school ski and snowboard race team.
Health issues lead Courtney on a path of self-discovery through yoga, beginning her yoga teacher training with Yoga City (www.yogacity.ca) in January 2015. In March she travelled to San Diego, California to become certified to teach SUP and SUP Yoga. Courtney’s ‘gentle’ personality and diverse teaching experiences are gifts that help her teach yoga classes from the heart while creating a welcoming environment for students to begin to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness. Courtney’s strength and body awareness that has grown through her experiences in stand up paddleboarding, snowboarding, rock climbing, dance and power cheerleading have helped her transition to teaching yoga and resonates in her practice. She hopes to inspire and help students realize the limitless potential that already resides in them! Come try SUP Yoga… outside of your comfort zone is where magic happens!! https://instagram.com/sup_courts/
|CHARLOTTE Like any rebellious prairie kid, Charlotte’s been drawn to paddling and surfing since she was a little girl. After paddling canoes and sea kayaks for decades, she’s never looked back after paddling her first SUP board (which was an ancient Alpha windsurf board) and then, catching her first wave.Charlotte is a cross country skier and a long-ago mountain bike a racer and she is dedicated to sharing the empowerment of fitness, sports and outdoor adventure with other women. A former SUPGirlz student, she sees the confidence and pure joy SUP brings to everyone, regardless of their background, experience or athletic abilities and is enthusiastic ambassador of the sport. Her kids borrow her skateboard, but they know better than to touch her pretty little purple board without her permission.|
Nadia always knew that there were waves in the Great Lakes; but it didn’t cross her mind that they could be “surf-able” waves until she was in her late 20’s. Her husband Mike had recently moved from Florida to Toronto and although Nadia had mentioned that “these lakes were no inland Florida or Georgia lakes”, it wasn’t until they took a walk along the shore at Ashbridge’s Bay that he saw the potential of the waves on the Great Lakes. After discovering these very real waves, Mike decided to do some research. We came across a beach clean up at a local beach being hosted by the very welcoming Great Lakes surf community, they were so open and wanted to share the stoke of surfing the Great Lakes with anyone willing to give it a try. We were hooked! Nadia SUP’s and SUP-Surfs all year, rain or snow, she has a passion for surfing, but truly enjoys all water sports. Nadia has competed in SUP-Surf competitions on Lake Huron and Lake Erie and plans to continue this year. She also SUP races in both the Toronto and Ontario SUP SERIES Races as part of Team TUGA. To keep fit, Nadia is passionate about Yoga, enjoys running and land surfing on her custom longboard.
“Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive…”
Mike Austin Originally from the Sunshine State, Mike grew up in the beach town of Pensacola, FL and was instantly attracted to all things water. Surfing, Skim boarding, and Wake boarding were just a few of the daily activities hard to resist with friends. With his family later moving to Atlanta, GA – Mike was land locked and became a Certified Lifeguard at the local water park. There he was introduced to the Flow Rider wave machine and took on a greater love for the sport. After Atlanta he moved to Altamonte Springs, FL with his home break being Cocoa Beach, and shortly after that he took a career on a Cruise Ship and sailed the Eastern & Western Caribbean. This is where he met the love of his life “Nadia Austin”. The two travelled for a few years and eventually settled in Toronto where Nadia is from. Mike’s first introduction to lake life was through Kite Boarding in Ontario. After a few years of chasing the wind, he turned to SUP right around the same time he and Nadia had travelled to Hawaii. “We first tried it out in 2010 in Kauai, HI and of course instantly fell in love with the sport.” Upon their return, their love for the sport exploded and instantly took on surf sup & then sup racing a year later. Mike is now very active in the sup / surfing & racing community and is very passionate about the preservation and beautification of all the Great Lakes. He is very open minded and motivated to help others reach their goals, while always living the Aloha! You are sure to bump into Mike during a beach clean up or at a local surf break in Toronto hanging ten.
Janet I grew up having some great adventures as a child, and I thankfully never lost the urge to play, even as an adult. That’s probably why you could still see me booting all over town on one of my longboards ! After a never ending desire to try surfing , I went to Costa Rica in 2009 and that was it for me! Coming back to Toronto I new I had to continue, and got myself a SUP board and dragged it into any wave I could find! The diversity of a SUP has something for everyone: Flat water, yoga, racing, surfing, and much more. I feel so grateful for being part of the SUPgirlz community and for all the amazing people I have met because of StandUp Paddle boarding.
Karen works hard and plays hard as the “Surfdoctor”. She is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and a Surgeon Scientist. SUP and SUPSurf have allowed her to create the balance that is required to be successful in both a career and life. She is from Newfoundland and the water is just part of her DNA. Her father taught her how to swim as a baby and carried her in the canoe until she could paddle for herself. Her passion for SUP happened through SUPGirlz and a first time class with Janna. She then spontaneously decided to go to Ecuador with LoveLife adventures and fell in love with surfing. Within less than 6 months, she bough a SUP (“affectionately known as Venus”), paddled daily and became SUP River certified. “It changed my whole life….reconnecting back to the water, I found an escape, found my passion, met incredible people, and realized I could create a balanced life. Life is just a series of choices. It is what you do with your time that truly determines who you are and who you can become”. She has translated this message of health to her patients, her students and colleagues. She has been all over the world SUP’ing and Surfing but her first love will always be Canoa, Ecuador. She is affectionately known as “el mono” …..you can ask her when you meet her in class.
|JOSH GORDON Josh is a Great Lakes surfer from Ontario Canada. His fascination with boardsports started at an early age. He was an accomplished skateboarder by age 16 and was heavily involved in the Ontario snowboarding scene. Although he grew up on the shores of the Great Lakes he had no idea there was a small and unique group of dedicated lake surfers. After seeing a photo on the internet in 2006 he immediately bought a surfboard and his life was forever changed from that moment on. Josh tried SUP surfing for the first time in 2009 and a new obsession was born. The Great Lakes have close to a 10,000 mile shoreline which allows for endless possibilities on a Stand Up Paddleboard. From surfing to downwinding to exploring, the Great Lakes have it all. The main surfing season is fall through spring which means lake surfers are often enduring the harshest and coldest conditions. Lake waves are generated by wind which requires a special quiver of boards to negotiate the often choppy, wind blown conditions. Only the most dedicated surf during the winter months. With temperatures often dipping below 0 degrees, 6mm suits with 7mm boots/gloves are mandatory. Waves on the Great Lakes have known to reach heights of over 20ft during storms. There are times the lakes will provide sizable waves that look just like the ocean and it’s those days that Josh and his crew of lake surfers live for. To beat the Canadian winter blues he often takes trips to warmer climates. Traveling south has allowed Josh to take the skill he has learned locally on the lakes and apply them to the ocean. He competed at the ISA World SUP Games as a member of Team Canada in Nicuragua. He will also be competing in the ESA events on the east coast of the US. Josh is working to push the sport of SUP surfing around the lakes and promote awareness around many of the issues affecting our coastline.He represents the Canadian Surfing Association, Boardworks.|
|Susan is a CanFit Pro certified personal trainer, certified YogaFit instructor including INDO Yoga Board, Boot Camp Fitness Instructor, a SUP Skirt designer, and water gal.
“We were lucky to have grown up with an in ground pool, and being born a Cancer, naturally lived in it until prune fingers and toes bled with delight. Imagine my cousin and I day in and out in the summer jumping off the diving board pretending to be every one of the Miss America pageant contestants. When the snow flew in Upstate NY, time to join the swim team in high school, grow up and scuba dive all thru the Caribbean, learn to surf in Barbados and now the only pre-requisite for vacation is to be between 5-10 degrees latitude and we must be able to SWIM! I learned to sail and race ‘big boy’ sailboats here in Toronto where my dreamy paddleboard lives, a drop in the water to absolute bliss. Sitting on the bow of the sailboat in my own space makes me all choked up, watching her glide through the water, the sound…Now with the paddleboard and being able to practice yoga on it in my own little world on the Lake makes me cry with ridiculous joy.”