The My Aloha team is here to fulfill all your paddleboard needs and desires. We as a team, offer instructors that range from teaching introductory to advanced lessons and amazing SUP yoga teachers. We welcome groups and private lessons. Our team is here to help you discover your love for the sport and become our favorite returning customers. It is our mission to guide you the Aloha way!
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!
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 and 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). She achieved her SUP/SUPyoga certification and has been a part of our family leading our SUPyoga classes. SUP Yoga anyone?
Jackie Hartley - Advance Paddle 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.
Ernie Eller - Advanced Paddle Instructor
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!
Amazing Waterfront Location on Lake Norman!
Paddle Charlotte Rentals and Paddle Shop 400B North Harbor Place Lake Norman - Davidson Location - Exit 30 North Harbor - Next to the Cabin Sales by Appointment