MICHELLE HOLLY

MARYLAND / BELGIUM

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I began whitewater kayaking in 2011, and got into stand up paddling in 2013 and I learned to river surf from a great crew of paddlers on the Potomac River. My favorite river surfing spots there include Rocky, Offut, and the Chutes.  When back home in the DC area, I loves to spend time running the gorge and surfing, but also enjoys a peaceful early morning paddle on widewater.

FAVORITE RIDES

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ERS 11-0 V-II

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9-6 SKYLAKE GREEN™

 
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SUP INSTRUCTOR

Michelle currently resides in Belgium but has previously taught out of  www.paddlestrokesup.com (301) 442-6864

Regarded by local paddlers as the best stand up paddle board lesson program in the DC / Maryland area. Paddlestroke SUP provides you with top-quality, enthusiastic, supportive instruction from experienced professional stand up paddlers. Your first lesson will be in a safe, calm-water environment where you’ll learn the basics but we offer further tuition in intermediate / advanced skills - river running - SUP Camp for Kids - & One on One or large group tuition.

MICHELLE HOLLY INSTAGRAM

MICHELLE HOLLY INSTAGRAM

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PADDLING QUALIFICATIONS

ACA Level IV Instructor

RIDING STYLE

River or Lake Flatwater - Beach or Coastal - Class II Rapids - SUP Instructor - River Surfing

INTERESTING FACTS

I'm an elementary school teacher specializing in special education & Deaf education. When i'm not on the water, I maintains balance by practicing yoga, hiking, skiing and rock climbing. I'm also involved in coaching Special Olympics and am fluent in American Sign Language.

THE FUTURE

I'm planning a stand up paddleboarding excursion on the Norwegian fjords in 2019, and looks forward to exploring more of the flatwater and whitewater that Europe has to offer! Long term, I would love to work more with adaptive paddlesports to help share the stoke and make paddle boarding accessible to​ a wider audience of adults and children.

BEGINNER SUP LESSONS

INTERMEDIATE SUP LESSONS

 

FAVORITE PADDLING LOCATIONS

RIVER SURF – OFFUT ISLAND – MARYLAND

One of my favorite standing waves still and where I learnt to river surf
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FLATWATER – LAKE ANNE – RESTON, VIRGINIA

'Rocky' as it is known by locals is a very cool standing wave at the foot of Great Falls that is favored by experienced paddlers.

SURFING – São João da Caparica – PORTUGAL

I'm just breaking into the ocean surf scene, and has had a blast surfing in spots along the Portuguese coast (while enjoying the catch of the day or Pastel della Nata between surfs).

CAMP SUP FOR KIDS (AGES 11-17)

 
 

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