Sweet shot! Sup Shop of the Year winner Karen Marvin is one-of-a-kind

Karen Marvin South Shore Paddleboards
South Shore Paddleboards wins Supconnect's Sup Shop of the Year for 2017
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2018 Sup Shop of the year winner,  Karen Marvin of South Shore Paddleboards, pauses for a moment on her way to a cauldron boiling in East Hampton,  NY for a fundraiser for clean water.

Karen Marvin South Shore Paddleboards
To know Karen is to know her bright spirit both on and off the water. This sup-er sup shop owner will take a paddle over a broom, ANY day! Photo by: Dell Cullum

South Shore Paddleboards wins Sup Connect’s 2017 Sup Shop of the Year award

Karen Marvin of South Shore Paddleboards in Babylon, NY works tirelessly.  She is up at dawn to get her kids to school, drops them off and then heads to the shop where she works most days by herself to make the magic happen.

Karen opened South Shore Paddleboards about 5 years ago to calls of “You’ll never make it,” in a village that – at the time – hadn’t even heard of paddleboarding.  Single-handedly, this gal has created a community of paddlers through her presence and shop (which feels like walking in to her home) where she greets people daily by name with a hug and a smile.

Karen Marvin creates real-life magic in the world of stand up paddling

Karen’s accomplishments include completing the 24-mile SEA Paddle NYC around Manhattan on several occasions, providing paddle clinics at the shop with the likes of Chuck Patterson, Connor Baxter and Zane Sweitzer as well as holding her own event – The Race for the Great South Bay – every August to raise awareness for clean water initiatives in her surrounding waters.

Karen’s energy is non-stop.  Her smile is infectious and her stoke is REAL.  If you have paddling needs anywhere from western Suffolk to New Jersey, Karen is a quick stop away and ready to meet you in between for delivery, discussion and helping paddlers get on the water.  See her profile in our Sup Shop section here at Standup Journal online.

And if you stop by, be sure to tell her we sent ya!



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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 editor@standupjournal.com . 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.