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:
The Cape Cod Bay Challenge's primary goal is to raise money for a wonderful charitable cause: Christopher’s Haven, a comfortable housing complex and supportive community for families who bring patients to Boston's Mass General Hospital for Children for brain tumors and cancer.
And the Challengers do this by bringing together a group of people who forge new friendships and deep bonds as they physically and mentally challenge themselves through stand-up paddle boarding.
With other four events during the season, organizers brought stand-up paddle boarding to the Charles River this weekend. The four mile race started at the Community Boating Center. In August, athletes will go the distance from Plymouth to Wellfleet in a 34 mile marathon that starts at sunrise.
Edging the Xtreme caught up with cancer survivor Dan Olsen, the founder of Christopher's Haven, and Mike Chase of the Cape Cod Bay Challenge to discuss the growing popularity of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and how they are supporting a worthy cause.