Many of you will know Seychelle from the SUP race world, she is an extraordinary athlete and coach and now mom too. You may also recognise her as a familiar sight on the red and white SIC boards, paddling on the stunningly beautiful waterways near her home in Florida. As we emerge out of the winter in the UK I can only say I’m a tad jealous of the weather conditions in Florida, but I’m always inspired by Seychelle keeping it real and honest in her online interactions with the SUP community, as well as delivering top notch paddling advice and tutorials, which we have featured here at TotalSUP too. With the Carolina Cup happening in less than a week, where Seychelle will be in attendance, she is racing and coaching clinics, for which she is, in her own words, ‘excited and lit up with renewed passion’. I caught up with her to see what the rest of the race season looked like. We also chat retreats, SIC kit, and how life and training has changed after becoming a mom.
Welcome Seychelle, for those who may not be familiar with you, please could you introduce yourself?
Sure! I’m Seychelle. I live in Melbourne Beach on the East coast of Florida. I’ve been Stand Up Paddling for 9 years. I originally got into the sport to teach Stand Up Paddle yoga and my passion for SUP quickly grew into competitive racing. I am currently a professional SUP athlete and coach. Through 1:1 and group coaching programs, I help paddlers to paddle faster, gain confidence, and enjoy life and their sport more. I am also a new mom, a lover of Life, and super weird 😛
Please could you tell us a little bit about where you paddle at home, it looks like the most beautiful spot!
I live on a barrier island on the East coast of Florida that was once home to the Ais Indians. I live far outside of town on a rather isolated section of beach. On one side of my home is the North Atlantic Ocean and access to several of the best beach breaks in FL, and on the other side is the Indian River lagoon and many miles of flat water paddling and mangrove trails to explore. It is very beautiful and a paddlers paradise for sure!
Is this the same location where you hold your retreats? Which look like a lot of fun by the way!
I hold my retreats all over the US. This year I have one retreat in the Florida Keys, one in Washington state, and one in Arizona. They are SO much fun! A week of paddling, adventure, exploration, learning, relaxation, and fun! What more could a paddler want?
Life has changed a lot for you over the last year, what does training look like for you at the moment?
Ha. Yes, it has. My son just turned 1 year old! Can you believe it?!
Training for me looks very different than it used to. I used to follow a training program very diligently. Now I need to be very flexible on what my training for any given day actually looks like and just do what I can when I can. Luckily I have a wealth of training experience and knowledge and I am making it work in ways that feel really good for me right now. Sometimes I have childcare and can go for a paddle, sometimes I can do a strength workout in my home gym in the garage while the baby is napping, sometimes I take him with me in the stroller and go for a run, and sometimes he is sick or uncooperative and I can get none of it accomplished and I surrender to that.
How has becoming a mom changed your outlook on training and racing, if at all?
Yes for sure. I haven’t raced competitively in over three years and for a while I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to return to it at all. A lot has changed for me over that period of time, more than just becoming a mom. It has been a period of challenges and growth in my life and in my coaching career. As far as training and racing, I used to have a lot more ambition, discipline, and determination, a desire to prove myself. Now I feel a lot more purpose and devotion to my sport, a desire to give back.
You advocate a holistic approach to paddling, is there one thing that any paddler can do now to benefit their health, fitness and overall paddling?
There are so many! I’ll give just one as you asked. Take the pressure off yourself to make it perfect. (This goes for everything in life) When we think it has to be or happen a certain way, we actually constrict ourselves and our energetic ability to make it so. When we approach it with openness, flexibility, a “something rather than nothing” mindset, we keep the energy and ourselves open and are less stressed, more creative, and perform better.
SIC has supported you for over 7 years, what boards are in your SIC quiver this year?
Yes I am so grateful to be a part of the SIC Maui Ohana! I currently have an XRS 14×20, RS 14×21.5, Atlantis 14×22, Slice pro-7’8″, Swindler 9’0, Okeanos 12’6″ air, and a raptor 5’8″. (Though I have yet to learn to foil)
Do you have a board preference for different conditions, and which are your favourite race conditions?
Yes I like to have a board preference for different conditions though this is not always possible with traveling to races. My favourite race conditions would be a varying conditions course. One where there is a bit of currents and wind and dynamic water to paddle. Just getting back into racing, I am not sure what type of racing or race conditions are going to feel the best for me this year.
Can we ask what is on the card for you this year? Can we expect to see you at any big races?
Yes! Here’s my tentative race plan:
Carolina Cup – April 29/30
70/48 – June 2/3
Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis – June 23/24
SIC Gorge Paddle Challenge – July 22/23
Key West Classic – September 30
Chattajack – October 28
USA Nationals – November 12/11
ICF Worlds – November 15-18
Finally, the Carolina Cup is coming up, is that an event that you will be attending?
Yes! I am feeling SO excited to race and really lit up with my renewed passion and purpose for being here. That being said, I am not expecting to place very well at this event. I still have a long way to go in my training and fitness to be able to keep up with the top women once again.
Thank you very much Seychelle for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us, we look forward to following your year ahead. You can find out more about about coaching on her website and her Facebook page
The 2023 ICF SUP World Championships (15-19 November 2023) in Pattaya, Thailand is on! Here are the podium results of the highly-stacked celebration of our sport welcoming nearly 50 nations! Watch the 2023 ICF SUP World Championships with TotalSUP here DAY 4&5: TECHNICAL RACE RESULTS – WINNERS Men Open Technical Final 1.Connor Baxter (USA) 2.Itzel Delgado […]
Avec un record de participants en lice pour cette 17ème édition, le Fort Boyard Challenge 2023, s’est déroulé le week-end dernier dans des conditions estivales mais peu venteuses. Face à un public présent en grand nombre sur la plage, les participants en stand up paddle et pirogues polynésiennes ont profité d’une mer d’huile sous un […]
Résultats des Championnats de France SUP Race en Milieu Maritime 2023 2ème Journée – Technical Race 42 athlètes étaient alignés sur le départ de la Technical Race pour cette 2ème journée de Championnat de France de SUP Race en milieu marime 2023. Erica Revil et Ethan Bry, tous deux membres du Crozon Waterman Club, ont […]
SIC Maui, the renowned global brand specializing in SUP, Surf, Foil, and Wingfoil, has proudly announced its collaboration as an official partner for the upcoming 2023 ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championship in Les Sables d’Olonne in the beautiful coastal town of Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Below, you’ll find their official press release: “SIC Maui, […]
En quête de dépassement de soi, la finistérienne Sophie Le Ven Nachon, a réussi à dompter les eaux agitées du Lac de Vassivière lors de l’événement épique des 10 heures de Vassivière 2023 le mois dernier. Le 1er juillet 2023, sous des cieux capricieux mêlant tour à tour vents impétueux, crachin et pluies torrentielles, Sophie […]
As racers, Coaches, Polish SUP Champs and sport ambassadors, Julia and Dawid Kuleta combine the experience of two SUP cultures – Polish and English. They are also one of the very few power couples in our sport, training and competing together. With a solid track record on SUP racing scenes both in Poland and the […]
If there’s one more thing that can be said about the SIC Gorge Paddle Challenge, one of the most compelling SUP races in our sport held on the 21-23 July 2023 in Hood River, Oregon, is that it transforms SUP athletes. Sooner rather than later they will come back and compete as foilers. In the […]
“We felt like rock stars” said about the event Andrey Kraytor who shredded the Sprint final to pieces and walked away with Gold. Agios Nikolaos On SUP 2023, ICF SUP World Cup and National Panhellenic SUP Championship, brought together elite national athletes and some of the world’s top riders and delivered on the promise: “This July […]
Ethan Bry, le jeune prodige du SUP Race de 18 ans avait disparu du circuit depuis un an. La raison ? Sa prépa de médecine … et il est en attente de ses résultats ! Annoncé dans la team internationale SIC Maui en début d’année, le crozonais a signé la semaine dernière un retour doublement […]
Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.
3rd Party Cookies
We use a set of third party tools to provide information on how our users engage with our website so that we can improve the experience of the website for our users. For example, we collect information about which of our pages are most frequently visited, and by which types of users. Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website.
Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!