Meet Your Instructor: Nicole Harrow

At Mike's Paddle we have incredible teachers and we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know a few through this series. In this segment, we meet Nicole Harrow of Wild Meditations based in Walnut Creek. She is one of our SUP Yoga teachers offering Half-Day Sup Yoga retreats (there is still time to join her this weekend by registering here) and Boga Yoga Flows. She will also be leading a trip to Croatia this August. You can see her full schedule here.  Learn more about why she loves SUP Yoga and what her favorite experience on the water has been thus far. 

Mike's Paddle SUP Yoga Instructor Nicole Harrow.

Mike's Paddle SUP Yoga Instructor Nicole Harrow.

 

1) Why do you love SUP Yoga?
It leaves me feeling exhilarated and connected with myself and nature.

2) Paint the picture of one experience on the water that you'll never forget?
 We were out on the bay one November morning. The water was calm and clear. A low layer of clouds covered the horizon, giving the feeling that we were in open water with no cities nearby. When I started the class a light drizzle began to fall. We continued to practice and slowly the rain began in earnest. Instead of stopping the class there was a feeling of invigoration and connection. As we raised our arms to the sky we laughed and stuck our tongues out to taste the rain! Then this magical thing happened. A seal came to observe the class! Half of his body came out of the water…he stayed like that for some time…watching us play :)

3) What do you want all your friends to know about SUP Yoga?
It is fun!! When you practice SUP yoga you feel like you are LIVING life!!

4) When you bring students onto the water, what is your main message to them? 
Open your eyes, allow everything in. Fear may come in…and this is our opportunity to play with it!

5) What's your favorite element that you connect with in your SUP Yoga practice? 
That is hard!! I have two. The feeling of the sun resting on my skin, and the sound of the water as it laps against the board.

6) What's your SUP Yoga spirit animal/creature and why?
The Pelican. There is something ancient and magical about these birds. I almost always see them when we practice at Mikes paddle. When they fly by I am reminded of dinosaurs, of the freedom of flight, of the fearlessness when they plunge into the ocean in pursuit of fish! They inspire me to be daring, raw and graceful!!

7) What's your favorite SUP yoga pose?
Standing Splits. 

8) Where would your dream SUP Vacation be?
Croatia!!!!! 

9) Anything else you'd like to share with the Mike's Paddle community? 
I am so honored to be at Mike’s paddle and to share this sacred experience with all of you!!

You're Invited: Athleta Trunk Sale

Happy Summer! This August we are hosting an Athleta Trunk Show:

Sunday August 20th from 11am-1pm

Everyone is invited to stop by the shop for an exclusive look at all of Athleta's made-for-water-and-sun clothing collection. There will be snacks and clothes to try on and buy! 

If you choose, you can join Athleta Influencer and Mike's Paddle instructor Nicolette Tura for a specialty class ($55) on the water from 10am-12pm. If you decide to join the class you will be given a special goody bag and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Athleta's beloved Pacifica 2.0 UPF-50 protected rash guard - Perfect for paddleboarding and being out in the sun! 

Athleta Specialty Class
August 20th 10-12pm

It's going to be a fun day! Throughout August there are many awesome SUP Yoga classes for you to attend whether it's one of our weekly classes, a 2-Hour Flow or a Half-Day SUP Yoga Retreat. We hope to see you on the water soon. We should all take time to enjoy the best that the Bay Area has to offer at Mike's Paddle.
 

101 Surf Sports and Mike's Paddle: Marin Meets East Bay on SUP!

 
 

101 Surf Sports has been a long time fixture in the paddling community in the Bay Area. These guys have years of expertise and so much passion about the paddling sport. Have you ever been to their shop in San Rafael? It's literally the best toy store of watersports: Stand up paddle, wind surf, kite surf, kayak, and outrigger canoe! Besides the array of products that they provide, 101 Surf puts on the best races in the Bay area. Never paddled before? Don't worry, their beginner paddling programs are just as fun and safe: intro lessons, social paddles, and great tours in Marin County just to name a few. Check out their fun calendar of lots of activities!   

Both 101 Surf Sports and Mike's Paddle have owners and staff who are immersed in watersports, we share many of our passions together in exploring the waters of San Francisco Bay. In the spirit of Ohana, we partnering up to bring you more opportunities to get on the water! Check out their location in both San Rafael and Redwood City

We're also happy to announce that we've got a great fleet of Jimmy Lewis Boards for Demo! Check out some of the best boards that are made on the planet right here. Jimmy Lewis is known as the magician of board designers. Whatever he designs and makes is just a pleasure to paddle. Come try it out! The boards are available for purchase at 101 Surf Sports or be delivered right to your house for a small fee (depending on distance)!

 
 

Jen Fuller's Body Mechanics and Paddle Stroke Clinic with Team Mike's Paddle

 

Jen Fuller is a long time bay area fitness guru and elite paddler. We're excited to have her come and do a specialty clinic on body mechanics and paddle stroke! This is going to help our team members not the race team but it will definitely help all of the paddlers at Mike's Paddle!

April 1st with Jen Fuller
Body Mechanics and Paddle Stroke

Cost $25

Hi Everyone,
Some of you know me, and some of you don’t. Regardless let me introduce myself. My background is in physiology and human movement along with teaching and coaching athletes, 6 years of intense SUP racing and before that various sports including a spot on the US Olympic Windsurfing team.

I have been an exercise therapist for the past 15 years specifically using the Egoscue method plus my background in bodywork and teaching.
You can imagine what I think about when I paddle! Yikes, geek out! Really I constantly think about how to help explain paddle mechanics and how
to correct problem areas for people whether they paddle or not. What I have observed over the years is that one can teach the paddle
stroke until they are blue, but what if someone has a replaced hip or knee or something else that hinders the normal mechanical patterns? Yes, that includes being a spaz!

Here is where my approach comes in. First, when I work with someone or a group, I identify where the person/s is compensated. Helping correct as many compensations sets a functional foundation for more easily understanding and experiencing a solid paddle stroke, or whatever sport a person does. The principals I will share have worked for me over a lifetime of training and competition, all of which are extensively tested in the field and some in the lab. What we will do on Saturday April 1st is first make sure to have some good April fools Jokes up your sleeve. 2nd we will do what I call an alignment class where I will take you through some exercises you probably have not seen before. This will inevitably bring up a discussion on what you could and could not do easily and of course during class, lots of questions come up. Before we get on the water to
paddle I’ll take you through my favorite pre-race or adventure warm up.
I am really excited to have you all join me and I look forward to sharing what has helped me stay on the competition and activity game for a long time. If you have any questions or special requests let me know.
 

Halloween is coming!

Halloween is the best holiday in the bay area because who doesn't like dressing up? This year Mike's Paddle is prepared to give away great prizes for the best costume!

On October 29th, we have a lot planned. Malia Hill is going to host a special Halloween Edition of her popular Boga Yoga Flow class ($45) Mike Wang is going to lead a social paddle ($40, no charge if you bring your own gear) - costumes and dogs are welcome! To top it off, after these classes, we'll have a delicious snacks and drinks at the shop while we vote for the best costume!

Mike's Paddle

National Mutt Day 7/31/2016 - Paddle with your pup

Does your pup love the water? Do you want to spend some quality time with them? This July 31st we are celebrating National Mutt Day on the water. Bring your pups and we'll take care of the water time! This social paddle welcomes beginners and we'll have some dog trainers on staff to help with them getting acquainted with the water. After the paddle, we'll have plenty of treats for both humans and pups! The paddle is from 10am to 12pm, the cost is $40.

Register for the social paddle here.

Father's Day Social Paddle 6/19/2016

Celebrating father's day on the water with us! Give gratitude to Dads all over the world by getting them an Intro to SUP class gift certificate. Our social paddle is a 2 hour paddle suitable for beginners (must have taken a class or can paddle straight, stop and turn). Families and kids are all welcome! 

Register for the social paddle here.

Email to purchase gift certificate at mike@mikespaddle.com.