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

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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!



About the author

Evelyn O'Doherty is a standup paddle racer, surfer and yoga teacher from the East End of Long Island in New York. Her passion for watersports drew her to leave a teaching career to pursue her athletic endeavors as a sup instructor, racing coach, sup racer, and now, as online editor for Standup Journal. Evelyn lives in East Hampton NY in the Springs area where she has daily access to the water to train and teach. 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.

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