Established in 2008, SUPGirlz is Toronto’s leader in teaching people how to SUP! We love teaching and are passionate about growing Toronto’s community of Stand Up Paddle boarders, SUP surfers, and SUP racers. We strive to provide you with the best quality experience for your first time lesson, offer a variety of fitness and social drop-in paddling classes, teach you how to surf on a stand up paddle board, and run a variety of certifications, workshops and fun events throughout the summer! We also offer best rental fleet in all of Toronto! We operate from the beginning of June to the mid or end of September and are located in “The Beaches” (Queen St East) at Kew-Balmy beach – Hubbard Blvd and Maclean Ave and have classes and adventure tours in other areas of Toronto. Don’t be fooled by our name, we welcome everyone to come out with us!
I grew up in Florida but didn’t get into surfing until after having a fun and successful city life in Toronto. I took a couple months surfing in Costa Rica and realized that things needed to change for me, somehow to get back to the beach permanently. With that mindset, things changed. I was exposed to SUP early on in 2006 in Maui. I instantly wanted to spend more time on the boards and thought of getting people out in Toronto, on the lake. I finished my yoga teacher training in 2008 and started SUPGirlz in Toronto the same year. Since then I've trained and taught in Ecuador most of the year and summers in Toronto, promoting the sport of SUP in both countries. I still absolutely love getting people to fall in love with SUP, surf, and being on the water.
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Born in Toronto, Diana lives for adventure, the great outdoors and sunrise SUP sessions! You can find her paddling all year round (yes, even in the winter - you can ask her about that). Diana is also a librarian and a reporter for Get Out There Magazine. Check out some of her reviews which includes SUP events like SUP4MS and Paddle 4 The Cure. Diana spent several years paddling competitively in dragon-boat, but now enjoys SUP adventures locally and abroad, on rivers and on oceans. See what she’s (S)UP to on Instagram or Twitter.
Any chance I get you can find me in the water! Lake, Ocean, River, Bay or bath tub I’m there splashing around and trying new tricks. Being active for over 10 years now with Yoga, Pilates, Running, Tap Dance and Swimming, I started Surf & SUP’ing back in 2011 as a social adventure and have never looked back! My fav. thing about SUP’ing is trying new things and falling into the water. Every time you fall, the braver you get the more tricks you can do, the better surfer you are. At least that is my thought, so when you come out splash away and get into the water!
My first introduction was back in 2015 and was hooked ever since! Being on the water is calming and peaceful as you're away from the crowds and away from the urban hustle and bustle. Since then I've been inspired to try out racing and surfing on a SUP, which is now a definite must-do whenever I travel. After doing it all, it felt time to start paying it forward to the next wave of paddlers to enjoy this sport safely and responsibly.
Gold Medalist from Ecuador that trains with us during the summer. Carlos is the Ecuadorian champ for SUP Race & SUP Surf.
He's always the fastest & surfs the best on the team.
Helwo! I'm a Border Collie and the official SUP pupbassador of the team!
You can find me SUPervising my guardian Matthew, who is a certified Transport Canada drone operator. Together, we create some of the cool videos you see with the woofsite. Are you wanting to get out on the water with your hooman too? Check out the Special Events page for doggo & hooman activities. Matthew' & Quinn's instagram
I grew up surfing in the Brazilian waves since I was a kid. When I discovered SUP on my honeymoon in Hawaii I fell in love with the sport and started practicing. I took a smaller SUP board back to Brazil to sup surf in waves or just flat water paddle if there were none. I adopted SUP as my favourite sport as it is the perfect combination of both worlds: surfing and paddling. That is why I recommend SUP Surfing for everyone, I just love it! The beaches of Lake Ontario are a good place for learning it!
Hey everyone! My name is Rob and I've been paddling for 6 years! I started at the bottom of MacLean with Janna and I've loved it ever since!
I'm excited to be working with the SUPGirlz this summer and sharing my passion for SUPing! I'm currently studying massage therapy and I also work as a Coach & Personal Trainer!
Fun fact about me is that I lived abroad in Amsterdam for a year and had a job working as a SUP/Kayak instructor, where I gave lessons and tours on the canals of Amsterdam!
Looking forward to meeting you all!
I first discovered the wonders of SUP and the benefits of being out on the water when I moved to Toronto from Alberta 10 years ago. Always looking to stay active and try new things, you can find me on my SUP at Balmy Beach, jogging along the boardwalk, cruising the streets on my bicycle, or flowing through a yoga practice. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher and hope to apply my passion for yoga to my SUP lessons to help you find balance, ease, and mindfulness on your board. Living in such a wonderful area with access to many beaches I look forward to growing my SUP skills and sharing my knowledge with you!
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Hi, I'm Shannon
I can't wait to introduce you to this amazing sport!
I've been a lover of all things board since I was a tween! From Snowboarding the mountains out West, wakeboarding through Asia, and now a lover of SUP on the great lakes!
Just like you, I started my journey here at SUPGirlz. I met Janna through the race and surf program and never looked back! Now I'm here to start YOUR journey! Join me on the water for some laughs, some balance, and all the skills you need. And when you SUP with me, you get the added bonus of working with a personal trainer who owns Toronto's best personal training studio, Clear Cut Fitness. I love getting women strong and balanced, both on the water, at the gym, and in life!
I run the SUPGirlz social media. I love the beach and I have been having an amazing time working on my paddling skills. I grew up in Toronto and I started surfing at Ashbridges bay in 2018. My passion for lake surfing led me to SUPGirlz. I am a big fan of Toronto’s waterfront - I’ve spent my summers biking down to the beach to swim, paddle and surf. I encourage everyone to get outside and spend time on the water!