Seychelle Sails, Snorkels and Paddles Bora Bora

Seychelle Bora Bora SIC MAUI celebrate sunshine
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Powerhouse paddler and SUP race training coach with a relentlessly positive attitude, Seychelle talks with Standup Journal about a recent magical trip to sail, cruise and paddle in Bora Bora.

Seychelle Bora Bora SIC Maui inflatable pump action
Traveling through an island chain is easy when you have an inflatable SUP at the ready! Seychelle pumps up her inflatable board to get ready to explore the islands & waters of Bora Bora.

Seychelle’s Trip of a Lifetime:  Paddling Bora Bora

“For as long as I can remember I have wanted to visit the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora. This year both the Euro Tour and the Paddle League were hosting back to back races in Tahiti, the Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Royal and the Air France Paddle Festival. I saw this as my opportunity to make the trip happen.

Seychelle Bora Bora SIC MAUI boat captain
Captain of the ship, Seychelle, charts a course through the pristine waters for which French Polynesia is well known.

In my experience, the best way to visit an island nation is by sea. My husband and I chartered a bareboat catamaran for the 5 days in between the two SUP events and sailed to Raiatea, Tahaa, and Bora Bora. We could have easily spent five weeks touring these French Polynesian gems.

Seychelle Bora Bora SIC Maui sunset paddle
Seychelle and her husband toured the island on a private catamaran for an up close and personal water experience.

The islands themselves are breathtakingly beautiful and the islanders are the most welcoming people. We spent our days paddling, snorkeling, exploring, and relaxing on the boat. It was a magical trip, much of which felt like stepping back in time.

Seychelle Bora Bora SIC MAUI celebrate sunshine
Hardly ever seen without that infectious grin, Seychelle’s delight is palpable in a marine environment as spectacular as Bora Bora in between SUP events. Way to train, Seychelle!

I highly suggest adding Tahiti and her islands to your bucket list of paddling destinations.  It is a dream paddling environment.”

Written by:  Seychelle Webster

Thanks, Seychelle!  We look forward to hearing of your next adventure!

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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.