Shandro competes with elite paddlers in Hawaii

Heffley Lake resident and long-time surfer Bodie Shandro will be competing in the world’s biggest stand-up paddle (SUP) competition in Hawaii this June.

The 2010 Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle will be held at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki where the sport was born.

While surfing is not for everyone, almost anyone can do stand-up paddling, no waves required. Shandro currently trains on Heffley Lake in preparation for the elite paddling competition.

Originating in Hawaii, stand-up paddling was born in the 1940s when Waikiki lifeguards, called the Beach Boys, would stand up on their surfboards and use a paddle to monitor the swimmers in the water.

As the first Canadian paddling instructor certified by the World Stand Up Paddleboard Association, Shandro will introduce the sport by offering two SUP classes, an introductory class and a paddle fit class, in June. More details will be announced soon.

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