Stand Up Paddle Board Instructors

gudrun hardes sup board instructorGUDRUN HARDES - Beaches Instructor and WSUP Owner 

I have always been involved with sports and fitness.

I  co-owned Main Fitness where I am trained  and certified to teach spin, weights, yoga and gravity.

I started Stand Up Paddling as an alternative to surfing while staying in Sayulita and realized this was my passion!

Every year I return to Mexico to enhance my SUP skills with the local SUP professionals.  

I teach yoga and Yoga Teacher Training programs when I am not on the water. I am also a certified with WPA, Yoga Alliance and Can Fit Pro.


I am a UBC graduate of Kinesiology and Commerce and at the moment I am doing my  Masters of Sports Marketing and management at Columbia. I move to Toronto every summer  to manage WSUP Toronto.

I have paddled for 10 years and is also love surfing. I love all things physical especially basketball. I have always lived near the water and love to  bring my passion for the water and sports to the beach everyday. I am certified with the WPA.

EMILY RUSSO Beaches SUP InstructorEMILY RUSSO - Beaches SUP Instructor

I have paddled for 10 years and have always loved the water. As an ex-gymnast, Western cheerleader, and love to bring a new meaning and fun to paddle boarding.

I have been in Australia doing my Masters and in my spare time you can find me at the Gold Coast surfing.

JOHN MEISNER Beaches SUP Instructor JOHN MEISNER - Beaches SUP Instructor

I am a graduate of the University of Guelph with a Science degree.

I am also former flat water sprint canoeist as well as a kayak and hiking guide with years of coaching experience. I now enjoy bringing my passion of guiding and instructing outdoor water sports to the beach. This summer I will be running the Board Boot Camps. 

Rowan Anderson Beaches SUP InstructorROWAN ANDERSON - Beaches SUP Instructor

I enjoy spending all my time near the water.

I am a surfer at heart but I love SUP as well.

In between being on the water I am a lifeguard for the City of Toronto as well as a first aid instructor. I am also attending Queens University.