SUP for Exercise from a Physician’s POV

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SUP Exercise:  This video explores a great journey into the health and wellness side of stand up paddle boarding.  Join physician John Batson in this short video with Inside Science to explore the ways stand up paddling benefits the body, mind & spirit.

Paddle boarding is “a wonderful sport with a great community.” – John Batson

Stand Up Paddleboarding:  A Fresh Look at the Exercise from a Physician’s POV

John Batson is a physician and paddler from Hilton Head, South Carolina. He is also a Starboard SUP North American team rider. He comes from a long background in kiting, cycling and more. In this video, Batson explores all the way we use stand up paddling for fitness:  Racing, SUP Yoga, Fishing, Surfing, Touring and more.

Baton’s background in medicine gives insight into some of the injuries that occur from the repetitive motion of SUP.  He offers alternative exercises to strengthen the rest of your body (namely core) to withstand the rigors of SUP.  Also, he says balancing paddle boarding with other exercises that give time to rest the upper body, gives the athlete time to recover and enjoy fitness in a myriad of ways.

The video explores the diversity of paddling as an exercise that gets you out in nature, exploring your waterways and feeling connected to the earth.



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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.