Our diverse team is part of the passionate Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) movement -taking our exciting sport to new extremes. At OC Paddleboard we race, practice PaddleYoga, get an amazing workout in our PaddleFit classes, and explore the waterways of the region on our boards. We believe in sharing the SUP stoke and Aloha with our families and with the community.
Being a teacher in Ocean City, NJ definitely has its perks. I get to teach in the only school in the entire US that is located right on the beach. Not only that but when summers come along there are a multitude of jobs on the island available to earn a little extra cash. I used to work at a garden store since I was a teenager and had a bunch of other miscellaneous summer jobs through out the years. It wasn’t until last year when a friend introduced me to working on the water or as you know I was a big surfer and have seen paddle boards out in the water but never tried it but figured it could be a lot of fun.
When I did my first lesson out on the water I fell in love immediately and I knew I found my summer job for the foreseeable future. I don’t even consider my job work. I get to do what people pay to do everyday for free! Not many people can say that about their job.
My favorite part of the job is getting to meet so many incredible people. If I am giving a lesson or giving a tour you get to meet people from all over the east coast. I’ve met all kinds of people and a lot people I would consider friends now. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult, a local or a tourist; out on the water everyone has the same objective of having a good time.
Another part of my “job” I love is just being out on the water during the summer. Being stuck in a classroom for 10 months out of the year takes its toll, so being able to relax and get out on the water for a few months is a great way to unwind. This is why I don’t even consider it a job; it’s more of a summer activity.
When I’m “working” and you get to see the sunrise or sunset out in the water, there is no better feeling. The views you get are spectacular and breathtaking and are nothing you can see from the land.
If you haven’t paddled yet before I highly suggest you come try it out! It will be a life changer and if you’re lucky enough, you might get me as a guide!