Looky looky who I found on the pioneer pages of Standup Journal’s Celebrating 10 Years a Sport (Fall 2016) issue: Hamptons’ pioneer Gina Bradley!
“I recall folks from shore yelling out to me to ask the name of the sport I was doing.” – Gina Bradley
Gina, aka The Paddle Diva, has been an integral part of the Hamptons sup scene since it’s inception. Between her and folks like Lars of Main Beach Surf & Sport, they helped introduce the sport to the Hamptons, NY region. Gina, from the beginning, has made it her primary focus to bring more women to standup paddleboarding and to introduce them to the freedom of being out on the water on their board. With a background in windsurfing and sailing, this diva has great experience, plenty of energy and the ability to talk to strangers like they’re her best friends. Over time, she’s grown Paddle Diva to include regular paddling classes & tours, a full time summer staff, multiple locations and, my favorite, a hub in Rincon PR.
We salute you, Gina Bradley for ALL you’ve done to make this great sport EVEN GREATER!
Pick up a copy of the Celebrating 10 Years a Sport TODAY at your local retailer before this issue (Fall2016) is gone forever!
For more information on Standup Paddling’s Pioneer Women, check out this article on Maui waterwoman Suzy Cooney.