Seychelle speaks to ‘New’ SIC Maui Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

Seychelle SIC Gorge Challenge photo by Lawson Walker
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Exciting news.  The legendary Gorge Challenge has picked up a new title sponsor.  SIC Maui steps up to support this one-of-a-kind downwind racing event and create an expansion in the sport of stand up paddling.  We are so stoked.

Seychelle SIC Gorge Challenge photo by Lawson Walker
Seychelle is a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the water. This fierce and fiery female has GOALS. We respect that. Photo by: Lawrence Whitaker

The ‘New’ SIC Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge:  August 17-18th

It’s hard to catch Seychelle when she’s not grinning ear to ear about something. As a trainer, yogi and stand up paddle athlete, Seychelle’s determination, focus and drive is a formidable combined force.  She’s in it to win it, but she is also cheering YOU on in the midst of the maelstrom.

So, when we caught up to this fierce Floridian to ask about her perspective on SIC Maui taking over as title sponsor for the Gorge Paddle Challenge after Naish SUP stepped down, we knew we were in for a positive response.

Seychelle Olivia Piana SIC Maui Gorge Paddle Challenge
It’s all smiles as Seychelle stands with powerhouses Shae Foudy and Olivia Piana at the 2018 Gorge Paddle Challenge

SIC athlete Seychelle speaks on ‘new’ SIC Gorge Paddle Challenge

I am super stoked to have SIC Maui become the title sponsor of the Gorge Paddle Challenge. This has easily become one of my favorite events of the year. Coming to the Gorge is about so much more than just racing.”

Now in it’s 9th year, the Gorge Paddle Challenge has become one of the most prestigious SUP events in the world and is recognized as a WPA-sanctioned race. SIC and the Gorge Challenge both share deep roots in the downwind paddling community as well as a proven commitment to paddlers of all ages and skill levels.

SIC and the Paddle Challenge share a commitment to both elite athletes and recreational paddlers alike, and we know this shared commitment will make for an excellent partnership,” cites Erin Gates, Gorge Paddle Challenge Partner.

SIC Maui Gorge Paddle Challenge
A weekend of tech racing, youth courses and the legendary Double Down elite race are all part of the 2019 SIC Maui Gorge Paddle Challenge and more.

This event founded in Hood River Oregon, today hosts two full days of competition for all ages and race classes. It includes the iconic Double Down Race featuring two back-to-back downwind courses with the world’s top SUP athletes. Also showcased are a variety of technical, sprint and youth races making it a fun weekend for the entire family!

When the conditions are right, its a whole entire week of sharing stellar downwind runs with my paddling friends and fam from around the world,” says Seychelle. “I think it perfectly embodies the SIC Maui Ohana motto: ‘Bound by Water’.”

Seychelle SUP SIC Maui
Seychelle’s best advice for preparing for this prestigious event is to get out there and Ride like the Wind!

Training Tips from Seychelle for Gorge Paddle Challenge

The best training tip for the SIC Maui Columbia Gorge Downwind Challenge is to do as much downwinding as you possibly can. I follow a pretty strict training program to prepare for upcoming races, but when the right conditions present themselves, I will opt for a downwinder every time.

My best advice is to pay close attention to the wind, wave and weather forecasts in your area and take advantage of downwind opportunities.”

The SIC Gorge Challenge will take place on August 17th – 18th, 2019. For more information on the course and registration information, head to:

We’ll be rooting for ya!

Seychelle also offers regular training tips for the Crossing for a Cure, an 80-mile open water crossing from Bimini to mainland Florida to raise money for families coping with Cystic Fibrosis. You can follow them on Facebook or Instagram @crossingforacure to take your performance to a new level. You just might wind up doing the Crossing for good yourself!

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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.