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!
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.
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!
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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 grew up dancing every evening after school for hours at my little ballet school in Toronto. I think it prepped me for a life of extreme physical activity as a personal requirement for health and happiness. I later worked as a bicycle courier for years, trained as a competitive amateur boxer and began teaching yoga full time in 2002. I was introduced to surfing during a yoga teaching stint down in Mexico. I felt a shift in my spirit.
I raised my daughter on the west coast feeling a deep need to be by the ocean. It offered us sailing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. Being away from the ocean is hard but I’m learning all that the great lakes and waterways have to offer.
Merging the beauty and depth of yoga with being outside and on the water is a truly profound experience!