We have a broad range of experience on our team so that we can assist paddleboarders of all skill levels. Everyone on the My Aloha team wants first timers to have a fantastic first glide experience.
We are also ready to take your skills to the next level if you are want to go there. We offer intermediate and advanced lessons, as well as Yoga on the Water classes. We welcome groups and can accommodate individual training - even race preparation with PaddleFit training.
Everyone on the My Aloha team brings their unique personality and areas of passion, talent and expertise. Regardless whose leading you, you're bound to have a great time out on Lake Norman with any loving one of us!
Rob Bennett - Director
Rob Bennett is the owner and spirit behind My Aloha. He is a former WPA and LEVEL 2 PaddleFit Certified Paddleboard Instructor. Rob made the choice to leave corporate world to pursue his passion with SUP. For years Rob spent time in Hawaii where his love affair with Stand Up Paddleboarding began. His entrepreneurial spirit allowed him to take a passion and turn it into a business. He is strong supporter of the LKN community and is active in raising funds for organizations like Ignite and the Autism Society of North Carolina. Keeplkngreen.org is a project that Rob is continuously developing as part of his vision to protect and preserve our beautiful Lake Norman. Stand UP Paddleboarding is much more than just a sport to Rob, it is a way of life. His goal now is to surround himself with a like minded team who can support these efforts and share their paddleboarding expertise with you!
Rebekka Glass - Manager, SUP Yoga, PaddleFit and SUP Instructor
Bekka is the My Aloha Shop Manager, PaddleFit Certified, SUP Yoga Certified, and a Paddle Board instructor with a Yoga Teacher Certification from Asheville Yoga Center. Yoga found her in 2011, and she joined the My Aloha paddle boarding community in 2014. She is very enthusiastic about joining her two passions together, as well as sharing them with others. She loves teaching people SUP and watching their transformation from beginner to an experienced paddle boarder. Your time with Bekka will be a fun and unforgettable experience!
Blanca Ortiz - Health & Wellness Ambassador and SUP Instructor
Always an athlete, Blanca Ortiz immediately fell in love with Stand-Up Paddleboarding in the summer of 2011 and paddles on Lake Norman any chance she gets! So joining the well-respected & friendly My Aloha team as the Health & Wellness Ambassador and an Introduction to SUP Instructor is an exciting adventure. With a love for helping people get healthy, connecting with nature and fun ways to stay fit, Blanca brings great energy as a Reiki Master and a wealth of knowledge as a Graduate Certified Wellness Coach halfway through her Master's in Holistic Nutrition. She loves yoga, astrology, and most things environmentally friendly or "clean & green."
Maricel Tufty - SUP Yoga Instructor
A graphic designer by trade, Maricel Tufty's heart is full yogini. Maricel's yoga journey started a few years ago when due to a minor slipped disc in her lower back, physical therapy sessions introduced her to a few yoga poses but it wasn't until she had a full experience that she found her true calling. Since then yoga has become a part of Maricel and she considers the practice a daily ritual. Maricel is a Vinyasa RYT 240 certified in Reiki II, registered with Yoga Alliance and an ambassador for Altar Ego. Since moving to a warmer climate in NC, she'd traded in her snowboard for a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard). SUP Yoga anyone?
Shane Diggs - PaddleFit Instructor -Level 2
Shane Diggs is a WPA- PaddleFit Level 2 Instructor and Coach. He was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is an outdoors enthusiast who likes to volunteer some of his time to groups such as The Humane Society and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. The first time he tried SUP was in a beginners class in 2011. He’s been addicted ever since. He became involved the My Aloha team in July 2012 to help others learn about the sport he’s come to love so much. He’s outgoing and loves to meet new people. His passions for SUP and people, combined with his patient teaching skills will ensure you have a great time on the water.
Betsy Hoyt, a Southern California Native, moved to North Carolina with her husband, Craig, and two teenage athletic sons in 2003. Happy to now call LKN home, they have come to love Lake Norman and the surrounding community. Betsy and her husband have been enjoying the sport of SUP for over 10 years when they purchased their first board in Santa Barbara, California, from the famous, “Mad Dog”! While being a PaddleFit Level 2 Certified Coach and trainer, Betsy holds certifications in: Personal Training, Group Fitness, Cycle, and Athletic Conditioning. Betsy finds her strength in helping others achieve their fitness, weight loss and competitive goals through attention to the specific needs of every one of her clients - individually! Betsy will make your SUP journey fun and exciting with her infectious laugh, attention to detail, and love of the PaddleFit method! Betsy conducts small group as well as private 1-on-1 PaddleFit training experiences.
Lisa Strickland - Yoga on the Water Instructor
Lisa Strickland is a 220hr Certified Yoga Alliance Instructor and has always been a lover of the great outdoors! Whether bike riding, mountain climbing, kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, swimming, going for a walk or just sitting outside with gentle meditations you truly can see she Loves the Energy of the Earth! Lisa obtained her yoga teacher training at Wilmington Yoga Center in Wilmington, NC in 2010 through the Kunga Teacher Training & Lifestyle Immersion course. Prior to this training, she was practicing yoga on her own for about 3 years. Finding that she loved doing her yoga practice outside as much as inside! Lisa has now been teaching an array of yoga classes for the over 4 years at all levels from ages of 3 to 83! Her first experience on a Paddleboard was in 2010 in Jupiter, Florida and she loved the whole experience! She looks forward to having fun and sharing the joy of yoga with you in a whole new way. Join Lisa on the board for a Fun-filled, Smooth Sailing Water Flow Yoga Adventure!
Jackie Hartley - PaddleFit Instructor
Jackie Hartley is a WPA-PaddleFit Level 2 Certified Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor. She is an avid paddleboarder and runner. She has completed numerous marathons, half marathons and adventure races. She even organized a race on the Great Wall of China and took a group of her students there to participate. As an educator she is a perfect fit for teaching Paddle Fusion. Her energy, enthusiasm and excitement for SUP is contagious.
Mike Melvin - All Lakes
Mike Melvin is a Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor first, entertainer – second! If you want to have a blast on the water just take a lesson from Mike. He has a very diverse background. He is an Ex-Race Car driver, life guard, surfer and sailor! Mike is a competitive paddleboarder who has even completed the Key West Paddle Classic – 12 miler. He has paddled all over the world including in the canals of Venice, Italy. Mike has been involved in introducing hundreds of people to SUP!
Robin Wolter - Fitness Instructor
Robin Wolter has 14 years of experience in the Fitness industry as a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. She holds certifications through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and also maintains a CPR/AED certification. Robin is eager to apply her experience and passion for fitness to Stand Up Paddleboarding. Her goal is to motivate you to live a happy and healthier life!
Ernie Eller - Lake Norman
Ernie joined the My Aloha team in 2012. As a former Myrtle Beach Lifeguard......Ernie has always had a love for the water. Not only will you find Ernie Stand-up Paddle Boarding on Lake Norman, but also Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing and Boating. Ernie also is a huge fan of surfing and spends a lot of time along the Carolina Coast Stand-Up-Paddle Surfing and Prone Surfing. Besides watersports, Ernie is an avid runner and runs a number of 5k and 10k's a year including the annual Cooper Bridge run in Charleston SC. Ernie is also a communications major and works part-time in radio as a DJ while also DJ-ing weddings and parties of any kind!
Monica Young - Lake Norman - PaddleFit Level 2 Instructor
Monica Young is a My Aloha Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor with 20 yrs of experience in the fitness industry. Her focus is on weight loss and overall athletic performance. She fell in love with SUP in Jamaica while on her honeymoon. Teaching SUP is one of the ways Monica fulfills her personal and professional mission…to educate, inspire and motivate others to live happier and healthier lives!
Cornelius Waterfront Location 17505 W. Catawba Ave. (across from Robbin's Park, West entrance) Cornelius, NC 28031
January 2017 - By Appointment - Please Call February 2017 - Weekends