Paddling Historic Sights and Sup Yoga in Japan

Katalin Gaspar: The perfect thing for a windsurfer on a calm day: SUP yoga on Lake Balaton. Relax your body :)
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JAPAN, surrounded 360 degrees by the sea and made up of over 6,850 islands has some of the best undeveloped paddling fields in the world.

Yuki Starboard sup yoga
Yuki’s passion for sup yoga has led her to a lifetime practice and fitness in the outdoors. Many women in Japan are just beginning to venture outside for fitness pursuits.

Japan’s historic paddling spots

If you are looking for a new adventure, there are spectacular views and scenery that can only be found in Japan. Two such memorable adventures include paddling around the Shinto Shrines by water or paddling on waterways to view Japan’s oldest castles.  Both of these offer paddlers a spectacular new perspective of historic landmarks.  From my home area of Kagoshima, one can witness best by water the rock faces created over thousands of years of volcanic lava flows.

Yuki Starboard sup yoga
Learning to balance on the water has so many parallels to life. A practice in breath and stillness brings many benefits.

Sup Yoga & Japan

In olden days, Japanese women shied away from exercising out of doors. Now, thanks to the influence of Western culture, outdoor work outs via yoga and running are now getting popular. Stand up paddling is also a popular outdoor activity for women. Both sup and sup yoga lessons and events are being actively held  along the Pacific coast in the Tokyo region and in the south of Japan, especially Kyushu and Okinawa.

One interesting fact:  when it comes to sup yoga, I see many participants try sup yoga as one-time-challenge and not as utilize it as a part of their regular work out routine. It takes more time and effort to get more people to venture out on to the ocean.

Sup yoga is such a beautiful creation for me.  I hope, in the future, many people will come to enjoy sup yoga on the water as a delicious form of outdoor fitness in Japan.

Yuki Starboard Sup yoga
Visit Japan to witness its culture and historic sights from your perspective on a paddle board.

Written by Yuki:  @yuki98198
 Starboard Sup Yoga ambassador

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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.