Standing Up For A Cause

It’s not unusual to be spending a day down by the beach or the pier, and see the occasional surfer or kayaker. Keep watching and you might see another unique kind of water sporter: the stand up paddleboarder.

Stand up paddleboarding is a relatively new sport, gaining popularity in the early 2000s. Sabrina Suarez took up the stand up paddleboard only five years ago, but she became instantly enamored with the sport, and invited all of her friends to get together. As the get-togethers grew larger, Sabrina created SUP Chicks, using the abbreviation of the sport name, and gathered a group of women and friends who shared her enthusiasm for the sport.

The Chicks generally paddle out of Oceanside, Encinitas, and Cardiff, but have now made appearances at events as far south as Chula Vista. “We even have members that watch us from afar who live in Hawaii and Indonesia,” said Sabrina. “We organize paddles, parties and events on a regular basis. Through our group, many close friendships have been forged, and a large friends networks has been developed.”

The SUP Chicks are also deeply involved in charity work. Over the past five years, they’ve been involved with the Standup for the Cure, The Youth Aquatic Center on Mission Bay, Urban Surf 4 Kids, H20 Trash Patrol, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and Keep A Breast cancer awareness. They frequently update their Facebook page with calls for get-togethers, and new charities to paddle for. Paddle on, ladies!