Standup for Women: a WND&WVS podcast with Gabby Reece

Gabrielle Reece WND&WVS podcast Laird Hamilton
Gabrielle Reece WND&WVS podcast Laird Hamilton
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From growing up on a small Caribbean island, to becoming one of America’s all-time fitness icons as a professional volleyball player to marrying the legend famed with bringing stand up paddling to the States, Gabrielle Reece has quite a story.

Here is a recent podcast from the crew at WND&WVS with one helluva lady.

Gabby lived in St. Thomas until her Junior year of High School and then moved to Florida to play volleyball competitively.  She was quickly spotted by recruiters and offered a free ride to Florida State in order to play for them.

College volleyball led to pro volleyball which led Gabby to becoming one of the first ‘fitness models’ to break onto the scene where a woman didn’t have to look emaciated & thin to draw attention.  Statuesque, fit as a fiddle and strong, Gabrielle Reece helped change the face of modeling as we know it.

In all seriousness, I still have my copy of Women’s Fitness from 1980-something boasting a cover shot of Gabby on the cover as she became my fitness icon and the type of strong woman I wanted to be.  Thanks, Gabby.

On the playing field, Reece continued to dominate as a pro and – to date – still holds multiple records for most blocks and most kills.  She didn’t just look good; she was, and is, a beast of a player.

Gabby is the complete package.  She is strong, confident, athletic, intelligent and pulsing with an entrepreneurial drive that keeps her busy rooting out opportunities and following them.  She met her husband, Laird Hamilton, while interviewing him for Xtreme TV and quickly moved to Hawaii to settle down and start a family with ‘The Laird’.

Recently, they’ve joined forces to develop the XPT (a.k.a. Extreme Pool Training) program wherein they encourage guests to push their personal limits regardless of how their abilities stack up in terms with other members of the group.  Everyone walks away with an enhanced level of performance and a story to tell.

Laird and Gabby are very open about the work they’ve had to put into their relationship to stay on the same page with each other.  Raising two girls, working with two different parenting techniques isn’t easy.  But, despite having two major fitness icons as parents while growing up, the girls remain grounded and the family holds together as a tight knit unit bonded by common love and respect like any other family.

Sit back and enjoy this close up look at a lady who is self-created, stands in her strength, and faces a world of mayhem being married to a guy like Laird.

Thanks, WND&WVS for another great listen!



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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.