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Thumbs up stand up paddle board and land yoga classes, trainings and retreats by Danielle Brown. 


Would of. Could of. Should of.

Danielle Brown

The forecast was for rain. The temperatures were unseasonably low. And the wind was fierce. I booked a session with Robert Sturman Studio on Thursday, October 23rd to capture SUP Yoga on my home turf, the Long Island Sound. All signs pointed to cancel the shoot. I have a low threshold for cold. I mulled this over at 530AM as any glimmer of sun was spanked by black clouds. Warm coffee in hand I looked to the sky. Would I regret not trying?

This ride was to mark the season close of my New England paddling in 2014 and I had plans to make the occasion a ceremony. There was a lot to celebrate on the SUP front this year and it deserved a proper send off.

Dark clouds, cold air and rain is nature's reminder of a spectrum - a spectrum of weather and a spectrum of choice. Within the throws of darkness there may be a solidary speck of light, and that illumination may be a beacon, on the path of growth and discovery. The chop of the sea here, a rarity in our neck of the woods, that foaming bright white reminds me of that. And I bow to its representation of the power of the sea and the depth of my love for the sport of SUP.