From the hills of western Massachusetts Gillian Gibree heard the call of the ocean. Her high school accomplishments in softball and swimming led her to Cape Cod, where she began a seven-year career as a professional life guard. From there, the conversion to surfing – and eventually stand up paddle boarding – was easy.
Now, Gibree travels the globe as a professional paddle boarder and yoga instructor, motiving others in the art of movement, balance and self discovery.
Gillian has participated four times in the 36 mile Cape Cod Bay Challenge a Stand Up Paddle Board Challenge which takes place this Saturday starting in Plymouth Ma and ending in Wellfleet Ma. Over all a 12 plus hour journey across the Cape Cod Bay to raise money for Christopher's Haven a charity that provides support for both families and cancer patients at Boston’s MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center.
Gibree recently lead a world record attempt in Stand Up Paddle Boarding, where she organized over 250 people to participate in the largest gathering of people doing yoga on Stand Up Paddle Boards in California's Lake Tahoe.
Listen to more about the the Cape Cod Bay Challenge and learn more about Gillian in Edging the Xtreme's interview on Radio BDC:
If you're heading down to South America this season, you'll find fresh snow to ski on, and long runs to check out. Our group of compatriots has been great this year, tearing up the mountain and gliding through the powder together.
I'll let this video and the photos below speak for themselves. If you're interested in checking out what we do, follow me @SkiClinics on Twitter.
Standing at 12,500 feet in the Andes Mountains in Chile, staring down a steep narrow rocky chute, I was thinking to myself, "What a perfect summer." This August included, I've been skiing in South America since 1989 and I have never been sorry to leave the beach behind.
It's not the heat of the summer that drives me to the southern hemisphere nor is it a burning desire to relive the chill of a howling winter wind. Rather, this yearly pilgrimage has been more about the experiencing the look on the faces of my clients, who come to Chile with me. There is a certain magic that happens somewhere between South American hospitality at a middle-of-nowhere resort and being stranded at 10,000 feet in a driving snow storm.
Check out this video from the past week's skiing adventures:
Sure I love to ski, but this trip is more about the overall experience of the people, the place, and the time of year. This year has been extra special because I was joined by some long-time friends of mine: Jeff, Kate and I all ski raced at Babson College back in the '80s, so sharing memories from back in the day and catching up on family life now has been a blast.
Listen to the mid-summer's ski report on Edging the Xtreme on RadioBDC: