Gillian Gibree is a Massachusetts native who grew up competing nationally as a swimmer and softball player, and developed her love for the ocean while working as a lifeguard and racing in ocean festivals on Cape Cod. After graduating from college, Gillian lifeguarded in New Zealand, and then moved to San Diego to share her passion for paddle boarding and yoga by creating Paddle Into Fitness.
When Gillian isn’t busy teaching, she can be found competing in different high profile ocean events, and is a regular on the podium at races such as the Battle of the Paddle. Gillian placed first in the Waikiki Quiksilver Festival in the SUP Survivor Race and the Water woman Race, and also competed as a member of Team USA during the ISA World Championships in Peru. She also shows her philanthropic side annually when she paddles 36 miles across the Cape Cod Bay to raise money for the Boston Children’s Hospital.
Gillian has a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and is a Yoga Alliance 200 hour E-RYT. She has a decade of ocean lifeguarding experience, is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, WPA and Water Safety Instructor. Gillian is sponsored by Roxy Outdoor Fitness, Ocean Minded, Kialoa Paddles, 404 SUP and also works as a fitness model through Sports and Lifestyle Unlimited.
Gillian was featured on the cover of Yoga Journal and SUP Magazine, has been a presenting SUP Yoga Instructor at the San Diego Yoga Journal Conference and Wanderlust Oahu, and taught the worlds largest SUP Yoga class on Lake Tahoe.
Genevieve grew up in a small beach town on the coast of Maine. She found herself counting down the days till summer, so she could once again be at the beach and in the water. She found her way to the west coast on one of many road trips that ended with San Diego. Genevieve loves anything and everything involving the water sailing, surfing, swimming and of course SUP Yoga. She believes that the water is a place for everyone to play. Genevieve is passionate about sharing her love for the ocean with children of all ages through SUP. Besides coordinating events and teaching for Paddle Into Fitness, Genevieve also teaches children’s yoga through Creative Growth Yoga.
Growing up in the coastal town of Ventura CA, Kara has always had a love for the ocean and water sports. After college and receiving a B.S. in Kinesiology, Kara traveled through South East Asia where she developed her passion for yoga. To continue her education in yoga, she became certified through the 200hr Teacher Training at San Diego’s Bird Rock Yoga. During her training she heard of Stand up Paddleboard Yoga and immediately was drawn to the combination of yoga and the ocean. As soon as possible, Kara became certified through Paddle Into Fitness to share the effortless beauty and peace found through the connection of yoga and water, on a paddleboard. Kara hopes to encourage her students to achieve the same effortless connection of mind, body and soul when practicing yoga in nature that she feels when practicing SUP Yoga.
Courtney has a passion for the ocean that is matched only by her yoga practice. She learned to surf at the age of 15, and has craved the water since. She was an ocean front lifeguard on the island of Nantucket, as well as on lakes & pools all over NY state. She went to college studying art & psychology, and also has a masters in graphic & interaction design from Boston University. She is currently working on logos for yoga and paddle yoga companies all over the US and is eagerly looking for new clients. In 2009, she hopped on a plane to Ocean Beach with one intention – to surf again. Four years later she loves to surf, run, and paddle board the cliffs in OB. When she’s not working you’ll find her on one of the beaches. When Courtney heard of Stand up Paddleboard Yoga she knew immediately this was the path for her. Courtney began her yoga practice 7 years ago as a personal healing tool, and now she is thrilled to have an opportunity to give it back to her community in a way that also involves the healing and inspiring powers of the ocean. She is ecstatic to lead classes for Paddle Into Fitness’s Point Loma location with the intention of guiding her students through the infusion of their yoga practice & paddle boarding while creating a fun, safe, and inspiring environment.
A born lover of the sun, water and beach, Kelly grew up in Southern California and has called San Diego home for over 9 years. She had always loved water sports and the outdoors, but the real love affair began 7 years when she was introduced to SUP in Tahiti. Always excited to share her practice and passion with others, Kelly loves nothing more than to see her students connect to their inner-peace and strives to inspire others with her passion for the ocean. “For me, paddling is about the joy and adventure found in connecting your mind and body with Mother Nature. It’s the ultimate sport. Whether you’re age six or seventy six, a fisherman or fitness junkie, extreme sports nut, or business executive, SUP has something to offer you!”
David has a strong background in water based sports, with roots beginning as an avid youth swimmer. He competed as a Division I swimmer for Eastern Michigan University and worked as an ocean lifeguard for the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Opportunities presented themselves to further broaden his horizons in regards to ocean sports. This lead to surfing, stand up paddling, and attending lifeguard competitions and prone paddle events as a fun goal to train towards. In 2008, David made the transition from east to west coast and had been lifeguarding for the City of San Diego for several years. He has been training on both stand-up and prone paddleboards. In 2011, he competed in his longest paddle race to date, the Catalina Classic marathon paddle race. He has since set his sights on the crossing from the Hawaiian Islands Molakai to Oahu. After attaining a Bachelor in Fine Arts and teaching degree, David has become a local artist focusing on surf themes, and recently designed a promotional poster for a charity paddleboard race.