Choosing your paddle is like picking a favorite traveling companion: Ke Nalu at Dawn

Capture the sunrise from your paddleboard and begin the day like Lizi Ruiz here, in the right frame of mind.
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As paddlers, we know that dawn is often the time when the waters are still and quiet with minimal wind and turbulence.  The effort to get out on the water at dawn can seem daunting; and yet, for those of us who’ve made the journey and experienced the sunrise on the water to watch the play of light as the earth awakens, we know just how good those moments can be.  In this frame, Lizi Ruiz of Ke Nalu finds her soulful connection to nature at sunrise in Coral Gables, Florida.

Lizi Ruiz KeNalu sunrise
Lizi Ruiz captures the essence of why getting out of bed early is so worth it! Photo: Raul Ruiz

“I love getting out on the water as the earth wakes up. Not one day is ever the same. This day was special because it was my first am sunrise paddle in 2 weeks, I was stoked I got to hit the water and get back into the routine of race training.”  – Lizi Ruiz

Ke Nalu ambassador and team rider, Lizi Ruiz finds serenity at sunrise in Coral Gables, Florida this week.  Lizi’s Go-To paddle of choice is her Ke Nalu Mana 82 because, she says, “the blade has a very clean entry with a full catch. It is the best paddle Ke Nalu has come out with yet!”  Paddling at dawn is a soulful experience for Lizi in order to get her training in before work, have a quiet moment, and be a part of the waking world with the water at her feet.

We can relate.


For MORE information about Ke Nalu paddles and design, see Standup Journal’s article on the Konihi Racing blade and STAY TUNED for more stoke updates from their Team Riders!



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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.