Gina Bradley

Founded by Gina Bradley in the summer of 2009, Paddle Diva was created on the premise that women are completely underserved in the Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) market. Formerly a fitness instructor, wind-surfing teacher, and PADI certified Scuba Instructor, Gina has a real passion for SUP and knew that this was a trend that was about to really catch on for women. Motivated by her love for the sport, Gina began her SUP business by teaching women in East Hampton and listening to what they wanted from the sport. What resulted almost immediately was the creation of The DIVA board, a women’s stand-up paddle board that has been custom built by Nature Shapes for women only. Gina offers not only this custom-made board, but also SUP instruction, SUP tours, ocean awareness coaching, SUP surf lessons, and kids SUP lessons.


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Gina lives in East Hampton, NY and divide their time between there and Rincon, Puerto Rico with their two children, Emma (8 years) and James (5 years) always in tow!


Scott Bradley

Scott Bradley was born and raised along the shores of Long Island and is the true embodiment of a “Waterman.” He has competed in over 100 surf competitions and has over 30 years of surf instruction for children and adults.


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Scott was a NCAA Division 1 swimmer, is currently an Association of Surfing Instructors Master SUP instructor, and a certified ocean lifeguard. He is an active member of the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad, a certified Ocean Rescue Systems International Public Safety Rescue Swimmer and has over 30 years’ experience as an ocean lifeguard. Scott is a founding board member of the Paddler’s For Humanity, a non-profit that raises money and awareness for local and global organizations dedicated to bettering children’s lives.

Scott’s surfing accomplishments are numerous. He was the 1992 NYS Long Board Surfing Champion and represented the East Coast at the 1992 United States Surfing Championships. He was the NY State District Director, Eastern Surfing Association from 1986-1992. Scott is also an eight-time Ironman finisher, five-time marathon finisher, and has completed many local triathlons and adventure races.

Scott began standup paddling ten years ago when he had a prototype SUP board built locally. He was one of the veteran paddlers in the [year?] SEA Paddle NYC’s paddle around Manhattan for Austism, competed in the 2011 and 2012 Battle of the Paddle, and is the 2012 World Paddle Association’s Age Group World Champion. Scott is a Certified TRX Instructor and Concept 2 Rower Instructor.

Scott and Gina live in East Hampton, NY dividing their time between there and Rincon, Puerto Rico with their two children, Emma and James always in tow!


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Jennifer Ford

Jennifer lives in Manhattan, but spends almost half her time in Amagansett, and has been coming to the East End since she was a baby. She became addicted to SUP’ing after her first ride with Gina 10 years ago, buying a board the very next day! She is so grateful to Gina for creating Paddle Diva and inspiring so many women, both on and off the water.

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Jennifer is the founder and director of Bent On Learning, a non-profit organization that brings the practices of yoga and mindfulness to New York City under-served public schools. She received her Yoga Alliance Certification in 1999 and has been teaching at yoga studios and in schools for the past 17 years to at-risk teens and children on the Autism Spectrum. She is a certified Reiki Practitioner and has a 100 hour NAHA certification in Essential Oil Therapy. She is currently obtaining her degree in Applied Positive Psychology.  Her favorite charity is Surfer’s Healing, with whom she volunteers, helping kids with Autism enjoy surfing and SUP’ing. Jennifer has two children, Chloe Rain and Zachary Ocean who both love the beach and SUPing, too!

 

Helen Gifford

Helen’s passion for Stand Up Paddling is augmented by living and working close to the bays in Sag Harbor and is a natural extension to her industrial design background.  The backdrop of Hampton’s life adds to her success as a custom lighting fixture and wallpaper designer with her company, HelenBilt.

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As a designer, Helen is known for known for her ability to look at a project from many angles, and for bringing a creative diligence to her clients’ vision.  This same discipline applies with clients on the water, as she works to harmonize the aesthetic beauty of the various waterways with a fitness lifestyle.

Helen is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design, and has a degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Environmental Design, Policy and Planning.

An active member in the community, especially in the area of the arts, design, environment and public grounds, Helen currently serves as Chair for CTREE (Center for therapeutic Riding of the East End) and donates her times and fixtures to many local charities.

She was born in England and raised in Brunei and Montreal.

 

Jessica Cadden Osborne

A Pennsylvania hometown girl turned NYC actress, Jessica grew up appreciating the ocean in her summer trips to Maryland as a child. She can’t think of a better way to spend her summer than on a SUP with the incredible people at Paddle Diva!

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Dancing since the age of 3, Jessica has always appreciated a life based on movement.  After receiving a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Jessica moved to NYC and auditioned to become a Radio City Rockette. Among the hundreds who audition each year, she was chosen and has been performing with the prestigious group for 7 years now.

Jessica is a certified Pilates instructor, TRX trainer, and earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved certification in France this past summer, allowing her to teach yoga in Manhattan.

Jessica is ASI Level One Certified for SUP instruction and is certified to teach Yoga on the stand-up paddle board, one of her all time favorite practices! She is also an avid competitive runner, with a good amount of half-marathons under her belt, and her first full marathon coming up this November in NYC. She also rock climbs, surfs, trains in boxing at the famous Gleasons in Brooklyn, is an aerialist and teaches Salsa Dance in NYC. To learn more, go to www.jessicacaddenosborne.com.

Tim Wood

Tim grew up immersed in southern California’s 1980’s surf and skate culture. He moved to New York for college and has been living on the east end with his family for the past 13 years.

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He took up paddle boarding a few years ago to explore the beautiful flat waters of the Peconic Bay and was soon hooked on the sport, participating in the race around Shelter Island and getting into SUP surfing as well. An English professor by trade, he wanted to bring his teaching skills to the water and was grateful to find Gina Bradley who got him certified as an instructor and out into Three Mile Harbor passing on the pleasures of paddle boarding to people all ages.

 

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Amy Worthington

Amy Worthington is Paddle Diva‘s, Chief Operating Officer. She hails from Rincon Puerto Rico but was born and raised in Princeton New Jersey. A graduate from the University of South Carolina she earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology, with a minor in Photography.

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At South Carolina, Amy was an officer in a completely student-run Mountaineering and White Water Rafting club, that brought students from all walks of life out into the wilderness for multiple days trips through caves, to barrier islands, and up mountains. Amy has a diverse background as an outdoor adventurist, open ocean sailor, and first mate as well as a tremendous depth of knowledge in the tourism industry. In the winters Amy runs Rincon Puerto Rico’s well-known surf school Road to Happiness that offers eco-tours, surf and paddleboard lessons, and a popular restaurant, El Patio. Amy hones her managerial skills in running all facets of this diverse and exciting tourist operation. Amy has her ASI Level One and Level Two SUP Instructor certification, Surf Instructor, CPR certified and is a Life Guard. She is a candidate to become a Master trainer for the ASI where she will travel and train SUP Instruction globally. She is extremely knowledgeable on equipment and helps clients make the right choices when buying gear for the first time. As an environmentalist, Amy works closely with local conservation organizations like Surfrider, Oceana, Group for the East End among many others.

Her smile is infectious and her friendly open-minded attitude is what makes Amy one of Paddle Diva‘s most valued assets. Amy lives with her partner Matthew who is an equally compelling character as a rafting guide, surfer, chef, and jack of all trades. They live between NJ, The Hamptons, Northern California and Rincon through-out the year. Not ever to be missed is their sweet rescue dog, Canela, who showed up on her stoop one rainy night in Rincon and has never left their side!

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