OUTDOORS JULY/AUGUST 2011
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In this photo: Guide Marshall Kirkman throws his casting net along the beautiful Morris Island coast.
Destination: Morris Island
We took the publisher, our photographer, a guide and a box of Clif Bars and this is what we saw.
contents Narrow Passage
A case for bicycle lane expansion.
Our top picks that are guaranteed to keep you cool this summer.
Straight from Hawaii, this new discipline is sure to get you beach fit.
Silence in a Flooded Forest
Paddling the backwaters of the Lowcountry.
Rhett Boyd, Jr, aims to change the look of surfing in the South.
calendar July 4
Trophy Lakes 5K, Johns Island, 843-853-
2nd Annual Shem Creek SUP Shootout, Starts Friday at 4:30pm and ends Sunday at 12pm. At Redâ€™s Ice House/Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant
Hampton Park Fun Run 5K/1M. 8am, Charleston 843-724-7327
13th Annual Half Rubber Tournament. IOP Recreation Department, 843-886-8294 Must preregister by Wednesday, August 17
SOAR on Folly 5K for the Special Olympics of the Lowcountry. Starts at 8am, 101 East Arctic Ave., Folly Beach
The Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament. Folly Beach Fishing Pier, 6am to 4pm Call 843-5883474
Yappy Hour at James Island County Park. From 5pm to 8pm. Event is Free. Call (843) 7954386 or email Park & Program Services.
Hampton Park Fun Run 5K/1M, 8 am, 843-
James Island Sprint Tri #3 at James Island County Park. 843-881-8872 www.charlestontriathlonclub.com
The Chance Run 6pm, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. This race features a split in the course that forces runners to choose one of two routes. Runners who choose the wrong path will find themselves on a slightly longer course than those who selected the other route. Take the chance! Call (843) 795-4386
Twilight 5K #2, 6:30 pm at Daniel Island. 843-853-9987
Folly Beach Fishing Tournament. Saturday at 6am to 4pm. Folly Beach Pier, 843-588-3474
August 6 886-8294
IOP Beach Run at Isle of Palms, 843-
Midnight Flight 5K in Anderson. Starts at 9:15pm. Call 843-716-6273
Race for the ARK 5K in Summerville. Starts at 7:45am. Call 843-832-2357
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Morris Island photos by John Lotterhos
After the Confederates abandoned Morris Island in 1863, the Union occupied it and transferred 520 Confederate officers from Fort Delaware to Morris Island. They were used as Human Shields in an attempt to silence the Confederate artillery at Fort Sumter and soon became known in the South as the Immortal Six Hundred. This was done by the Union when it was learned that the Confederacy had a similar number of human shields in Charleston to deter Union ships from firing on the city. Land Erosion has destroyed a great deal of the old fortifications on the island, including some parts of Fort Wagner.
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Morris Island is an 840 acre uninhabited island in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina, accessible only by boat. The island lies in the outer reaches of the harbor and was thus a strategic location in the American Civil War.
In 2008, the Trust for Public Lands purchased the island on behalf of the City of Charleston to “protect the island’s nationally significant historical and natural resources.”
Morris Island was heavily fortified to defend Charleston harbor, with the fortifications centered on Fort Wagner. It was the scene of heavy fighting during the Union Armyâ€™s campaign to capture Charleston and is perhaps best known today as the scene of the ill-fated assault by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, an African-American regiment. The regiment and this assault, where 50% of the casualties occurred, was immortalized in the film Glory.
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silence in a flooded forrest story by Kathie Livingston photos by Dakota Walker
There is a place where silence can be heard. Gentle winds blow through the tops of the giant cypress trees and Neotropical songbirds fill the air. Their musical songs serenade as you glide slowly in your kayak through the gentle waters of a special place called the Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area.
Tannic acid paints the water black with colorful reflections of white Spider Lilies, pink Swamp Rose, yellow jessamine (a high-climbing woody vine) and creamy Swamp Dogwood. The blue sky and clouds make you feel like you are paddling in heaven. Itâ€™s a place that takes you back in time to where the thought-to-be-extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker once livedâ€”and may still. Endangered birds like the Swallow-tailed Kite nest here and raise their young, safe from development and predators. Otters can be seen swimming and playing among the cypress knees and thoroughly enjoy eating catfish creekside. Turtles rest on fallen logs, sometimes next to alligators, sharing the warmth of the welcomed South Carolina sun. Birders come from all over the world to glimpse its 250+ species of birds, including Kites, Prothono-
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tary Warblers (brilliant yellow-orange songbirds) and threatened species like Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, to check sightings off their lifelong bird list. Summer Tanagers (the only entirely red bird in North America), brightly colored kingfishers and warbler-like Red-eyed Vireos also fill the swamp with echoes of summer approaching. There are no houses, no crowds, just you and your kayak, paddling through miles of blackwater creek in the Francis Marion National Forest. Hidden deep in the backwoods of McClellanville (about 40 miles from Charleston), it is a place to reconnect with the outdoors and heal, to find peace and tranquility and to experience nature like never before. For the brave, you can camp primitive-style alongside the creek and hear Barred Owls fill the night air.
Coyotes and bobcats can be heard off in the distance completing the evening chorus. Dawn awakens the creek with fog rising off the warm water, reminding us what a mystical morning’s sunrise looks like. So many of us get caught up in life’s day-to-day race, with our electronics and deadlines, that we forget, there is a whole other world out there. Our children and families need to reconnect with nature and discover how peaceful life can be. Wambaw Creek is the perfect place to do just that. It welcomes beginning paddlers and families, so get out, explore and heal yourself. Discover all that nature has to offer and, most of all, take the time to listen to the silence. For more information, such as how to obtain camping permits and receive maps, contact the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center in Awendaw, SC, at (843) 928-3368. For naturalist-guided tours and kayak or canoe rentals, contact Nature Adventures at (843) 568-3222 or by going to www.KayakCharlestonSC.com By Kathie Livingston, professional master naturalist and ACA-certified kayak instructor and owner of Nature Adventures Kayak & Canoe Outfitters, Inc. “Providing nature tours for the preservation of the environment”
Narrow Passage A Case for Bicycle Lane Expansion story by Katie Zimmerman / photos by John Lotterhos
For me, each ride starts the same. I check my tire pressure, make sure my extra lights are in place and put on my helmet. I take it easy at first, pedaling through the neighborhood, gliding over speed bumps before I reach Saint Andrews Boulevard.
Using my right-turn hand signal, I take my place on the far right side of the right lane, leaving enough space between my wheels and the curb. This is important if you don’t want to kick up roadside debris more than necessary and if a car gets too close. Also, I prefer to avoid scraping the curb, as I’m sure you do.
Biking Downtown: A student bikes down a busy Charleston street. Cyclists try to get as close to the curb as possible to avoid passing cars.
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Once I reach the intersection of Saint Andrews and Folly Road, I’m faced with whether to continue alongside traffic over the James Island Connector or cross Saint Andrews at the pedestrian signal and cycle against traffic across the Ashley River Bridge on its narrow sidewalk. Neither choice is particularly safe, and I am immediately annoyed that I’m technically breaking the law just to cross the river. Considering the rush hour and frustrated drivers that don’t want to be late for work, I decide my chances are better taking the Ashley River Bridge.
There is no safe and legal way to cross the Ashley River, unfortunately, which puts a damper on cycling commuters’ spirits as it seems to signal that cyclists are just not as important as drivers. Even if one chooses to bicycle the East Coast Greenway, they will be faced with Charleston’s continued delay in connecting it with the Ashley River—an embarrassing interruption to this national bicycle route. Fortunately, a group of citizens, the Ashley Crossing Coalition (a facet of Charleston Moves), is working hard to address the problem, arguing that this final, crucial connecting link—a lane over the Ashley for people on foot or bicycles—would be transformative, not just for jocks but for everyone. It would also increase Charleston’s competitive appeal and improve the health of its citizens. Local bicycle activism is cropping up in full force these days in response to the inability to safely and legally cross the Ashley River. Charleston Moves, dedicated to enhancing all forms of transit beyond the auto, has been in existence in various forms since 1996. Originally called the Charleston Bicycle Advocacy Group (CBAG), the organization has orchestrated numerous grassroots bicycle campaigns, from the bicycle/pedestrian lane over the Cooper River Bridge to the installation of bike racks on local buses. Since 2000, mybikelaw.com has helped educate drivers and cyclists alike in understanding and abiding by the rules of the road, recruiting local police forces to help spread the knowledge. The Holy City Bike Co-op also formed in recent
years to teach cyclists safety techniques and bike-repair know-how as well as to encourage cycling in general in the community. Local government is responding to the increased demand for bike rights, establishing task forces specific to cycling needs and safety and advocating on general transportation boards. So, the wheels keep on turning. We still have a long journey ahead to get cyclists fully integrated into the mobile community, but progress is being made. Even though I’m willing to take the sidewalk across the Ashley River Bridge—and hopefully, this problem will be solved eventually—there are connections to be reinforced for the rest of the bike route. Plenty of people want to be cyclists and realize the current routes are not always the safest. Imagine how many bikes we could see once our streets are complete with options for cycling, walking and cars. Let’s work together to make it happen. To learn more and get involved, visit www.coastalconservationleague.org Katie Zimmerman is Project Manager for the Coastal Conservation League in Charleston and can be reached at (843) 723-8035 ext. 1028 or at katiez@ scccl.org
Experience the Water From a Whole New Angle On the water with Charleston SUP Safaris story by Jon Ory / photos by Jonathan Lotterhos
Want a day camp your kids will beg to go to? Folly Beach’s newest local business, Charleston SUP Safaris, offers weekday morning camp sessions all summer long. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the world’s fastest growing sports, offering a fascinating way to explore our waterways, while also building core body strength. Whether venturing into the salt marsh with a new perspective or gliding through waves on the beach, students quickly learn the necessary skills with SUP Safaris’ knowledgeable, lifeguard-certified staff. Sessions include yoga, stretching and fitness basics, as well as boosting self-confidence through an exciting, easy-to-learn skill. Most important, however, is the appreciation the •Summer Safari camps summer camp instills in youth are held on the beach at for the ecosystems they explore. the 6th Street West beach By witnessing the rich ecology access on Folly Beach. and marine biodiversity of our coastal estuaries and barrier •Sessions are 5 days, islands firsthand, they come to weekly, June 6 - August understand the importance of 14, Monday - Friday, 9 am preserving these sacred places. - 12 pm. “We want participants to leave •Register online at www. the program with a respect and CharlestonSUPSafaris.com understanding for the roles or call (843) 817.7877. that these ecosystems play in their lives,” explains Hannah •Surf and river lessons, Giddens, a counselor for SUP eco safari tours, rentals, Safaris. and birthday parties Instilling the motivaavailable! tion to protect and preserve is made easy by close encounters with dolphins, birds, starfish and other sea life. The quiet, unobtrusive movement of a Stand Up Paddleboard allows an intimate experience with nature unlike any other. Charleston SUP Safaris’ camp sessions, open to campers ages 8 to 16, include all the necessary equipment, down to the drinking water, sun block and a certificate of achievement. See you on the beach!
gear minimalist movement by Nicole Pettinelli In this month’s section, we examine the growing trend in gear’s minimalist movement. Like a trend exploding into the market this year, manufacturers are returning to roots, cutting bells and whistles and focusing on gears’ bare essentials. In the past, as gear became more efficient and advanced, it also got heavier and bulkier in many cases. Sport purists claimed that the redesigned shoes, packs and gear actually led to a decrease in form and an increase in sports-related injuries. But today, we are seeing a number of excellent additions hitting the market that may solve these problems. In this case, Less is More!
1 Vibram’s Bikila LS
The Bikila LS is a perfect solution for assuring a custom fit or for those with larger feet or higher insteps who were previously unable to find a comfortable fit. Machine Washable, Air Dry. Weight: 6.5oz
Available at Phillip’s Shoes $99.97 www.phillipsshoes.com
2 Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove
Merrell has teamed up with Vibram for the new and exciting Barefoot Trail Glove. Voted “Best Debut” by Runner’s World magazine in April 2011, the Trail Glove is a zero-drop, closed-toed barefoot minimalist running shoe. Machine Washable, Air Dry Weight: 6.2 oz
Available at The Backpacker $110 www.backpackerqualitygear.com
New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail
With only a 4mm drop from heel to toe, as little as a third that of a traditional running shoe, the Minimus collection holds a world of options and aids in learning better form—for both neutral runners as well as those with gait issues or a chronic injury. Weight: 7.1oz
Available at Half-Moon Outfitter $99.95 www.halfmoonoutfitters.com
4 Camelbak Fairfax
A lightweight minimalist hydration pack, the Fairfax is perfect for a run or bike ride. The Fairfax holds up to a 1.5L of water (enough for about an hour and a half of exercise) and is very lightweight even when fully packed. Weight: 9oz
Available at Half-Moon Outfitters $47.95 www.halfmoonoutfitters.com
gear minimalist movement 1. Platypus ORIGIN 3
The larger, less slim Platypus ORIGIN 3 offers a 2.0L reservoir built for 1 to 3 hours of fun. This hydration pack is the ideal performance support system for a quick trail run or mountain biking trip.
Weight: 15oz cascadedesigns.com $79.95
2. Patagonia Women’s Draft T-shirt
The new Draft T-Shirt is so light and airy it feels like it’s barely there. It floats off the skin and breathes without effort while providing 15-UPF sun protection.
Weight: 3.3 oz www.patagonia.com $49.00
3. Patagonia Mens Airflow sleeveless T-shirt
Ultimate breathability for soaring temps, the sleeveless version of the new Air Flow complements the endurance athlete’s inability to sit still. This minimalist tee provides maximum air permeability with its quick-drying 100% polyester mesh (30% recycled).
Weight: 3.1 oz Available at The Backpacker $55.00 www.backpackerqualitygear.com
4. North Face Women’s and Men’s Better Than Naked Short
Need we say more? The North Face’s Better Than Naked Short is so lightweight you will feel like you are running in the buff!
Weight: 3.5oz / 4.2oz Inseam: 4”/ 5” www.thenorthface.com $50.00
5. Mountain Hardware Women’s Pacer Advance Short
Developed for the Montrail Ultra running team, these shorts will keep you going for miles with its smooth, stretchy waist panel with secure pockets for energy gels and snacks as well as an integrated brief with odor control and a comfortable inseam gusset.
Weight: 4oz Inseam: 3” Available at Half-Moon Outfitters $45.00 www.halfmoonoutfitters.com
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Selecting Plants That Can Liven Up on Your Landscape Choosing plants for your home landscaping can be much more difficult than you could imagine. It is important to think about the environment around you. Too often on our day to day sales calls, we visit potential customers who have Southern Living or the internet pulled up with all kinds of crazy plants picked out for the yard, without truly knowing the environment or realizing that these plants cannot survive in the Lowcountry. These pictures are often taken during the time that the plants look the best and do not truly reflect the actual year round image of it. Plants can look very different by the way you prune or cut them. For examples, Ligustrums can be balls, squares, or shaped to look like Mickey Mouse’s head! The outcome of the plant image all depends on the way it is pruned, so keep this is mind when you are browsing through your options. You must remember that Charleston is a 400 year old city. People have been buying plants from all over the world and shipping them for hundreds of years. The idea that there is a unique plant which no one else has ever tried is too farfetched. We often go out and look at what’s growing in the neighborhood. If you stick with the true, oldest, native varieties to our area, then you will make a hassle-free landscaping for your home. I also recommend taking some of the Plantation tours in the Charleston area to see some of the oldest growing plants around. Years ago, the Town of Mt. Pleasant had this great idea of planting Dwarf Salmon Pink Oleanders all along the Blvd without knowing what the true outcome would be. By the time the town spent thousands of dollars on plants, they found that this type of oleander could not live up to its desirable picture. This has become a very routine problem with different varieties time and time again.
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Throughout the year, observe the landscaping in your neighborhood and find plants that are appealing to you. If you have an eye on a certain type and you don’t see it growing around town, chances are, they will not end up growing in your backyard. When selecting plants, you should also think about the actual bloom time that you will experience. Some perennials and trees only bloom for 2 weeks and the other 50 weeks of the year they only look like a weed. If you have a large yard, it is much easier to incorporate these perennials because they can be laid out with many other plants. When you have a smaller property, you don’t want allot of 2 week bloomers because of the short bloom time. You want to make your yard look lush and colorful all year long. You can get color differentiation through the leaves and the texture of foliage. If you have any questions about plantings or want to talk about what can be incorporated into your landscape, please feel free to contact us.
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RHETT BOYD, JR., AIMS TO CHANGE THE LOOK OF SURFING IN THE SOUTH
photos and story by John Lotterhos
Walking into what I thought was someone’s home on 69 Spring Street, I gently knocked on the door and waited as if I was there to visit a new friend my grandparents had set me up with, someone spending the summer in the Lowcountry who needed a buddy. I peeked inside a side window to see Rhett, owner of the Rouge Wave Surf Shop, helping a customer. It was then that I realized this was indeed a store, not a home. As I opened the door I was greeted with an enthusiastic “Hello,” followed with a southern gentlemen’s hug. It was if I had walked not into a surf shop but a Lowcountry duck-hunting club I had somehow been a lifelong member of. I’ve known Rhett for some time and have watched this idea of his blossom, as he bought merchandise from surf companies, thrift stores and fashion designers from South Carolina to Southern California. This was different, though. This was the accumulation of all the stories, visions and ideas Rhett had shared with me over the years, during surf sessions, times at his house while he mocked up the store in a 10’x11’ former garage. It was like walking into his dream; everything he wanted Rouge Wave to be was here. So, I did what I always do. I went straight for the new merchandise that had just come in. Gathering up a necklace, a couple of shirts, some surf wax and a great “sink or swim” bandana. Rhett relayed stories about each piece and the surfboards about to arrive while swiping my debit card thru his Iphone. Before the interview started, he asked me, like a true southern gentleman, “Would you like something to drink? I think I might have a PBR or two left from last night’s surf event.” I graciously accepted and we headed out to the back patio where he lit up a Costa Rican cigar. I sipped my beer. We chatted for 30 minutes 24
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before I realized, this was an interview. I wasn’t just hanging out at my buddy’s house, even though the vibe of Rouge Wave Surf Shop and Rhett Boyd make you feel that way. So I hit him with the tough questions. What’s your view on the surf culture here in the Lowcountry? Rhett: It’s incredibly dynamic Think about a lot of our friends that surf. You have guys slaying waves in the morning whether it’s East Coast slop or perfect conditions because it changes all the time. Would you call your shop an outfitters? Rhett: I would never call us an outfitters. This a place you come for specialized items. We don’t sell mass-produced products, where it’s “one size fits all.” It’s highly specialized. You come in and we assess what you want out of a surfboard, what you’re looking to do, what your skill level is, your height, weight, all of that. And we’re going to find out the best option for you, one that fits your budget. Our approach is timeless. We carry lines that are all American-made. You may pay more for these goods but you can take pride in knowing you’re helping our local—and national—economy. We carry quality, crafted products and garments that last, and we stand by that. We always work with companies that produce limited, high-quality items. Do you also sell Charleston-local products? Rhett: We want to make the absolute best out of our conditions in Charleston, and that’s the thing. We’re working on a calibration right not with Richard Prause who shapes grasshopper surfboards. It’s a private label of boards for Rouge Wave. Richard and I have combined our years of surfing experience and our thoughts of board design, to make a board that excel’s in anything the low-country waves offer. Where did the original idea for Rouge Wave come from? Rhett: It came from a concept of wanting a private gentlemen’s club that everyone’s invited to. That old world southern gentleman’s club that, ladies are also invited, that has a feeling of being exclusive but yet no one is excluded from membership, that’s what been permanent
in my mind. Do you feel that you might be like a mad scientist, building this Southern surf culture? Rhett: Maybe so… I do think my ideas are in no way typical. I think others dig it, ya know? (He chuckles). How do people contact you to join in on the Rouge Wave Club activities? Rhett: Anyone can contact me by email, roguesurf@ gmail.com, before they come into the store if they wish to set up an appointment and make sure I’m here to help with their personal needs. Also, by emailing it signs you up for our mailing list , which updates on Rouge Wave events, like Soap and Suds movie night or live musical performances after shop Advertiser Contact hours.Max Muscle
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Welcome to Chef Ken’s Kitchen!
Where we invite you to explore the culinary world through his eyes.
An accomplished chef from Johnson & Wales, Ken Immer has graced Charleston’s finest restaurants with his innovative skills for more than a decade. But these days, his fast-paced lifestyle has been transformed to one that allows him to hold a yoga mat in one hand and a green Juice in the other. Quickly, he is becoming one of Charleston’s most sought-after food educators as well as an entrepreneur. Here, Chef Ken shares a personal recipe he created particularly for an active Charleston lifestyle—a tasty and nutritious lunch you can take to the beach. Enjoy—and be sure to make extras. Your friends are going to want some! Sprouted Almond Snack Wraps Serves: 4 2C Raw almonds 4C Filtered water 4 Dates, Medjool 1/3 C Quality Tamari soy sauce 1/3 C Apple cider vinegar, Bragg’s 1/2 Lemon, juiced 1 Green onion 1/2 Garlic clove, minced” 1/3 oz. Ginger, grated 8 Kale leaves, “Dino” aka. Lacinato kale is best, as the leaves are long, tend to be skinny and have sides that curl inward for good wrapping.
The night before: Soak the almonds in the filtered water overnight in a covered container in your refrigerator. Drain. The almonds will have at least doubled in size.
The next day: Place the dates, tamari, vinegar, lemon juice, onion, garlic and ginger into a food processor. Puree for about 2 minutes. Add the almonds and process until well combined. Spread the pâté on the kale leaves, wrap up and eat—or pack to go! For a sweet and sour flavor, add sliced grapes on top of the pâté before wrapping.
Chef Ken’s personal notes: “Sprouted almond pâté is a great snack you can keep in the fridge that delivers amazing flavor and a nutritional wallop. Soaking the nuts beforehand wakes up the latent energy inside the nut and makes the nutrients easy to absorb. Plus, we think Sprouted Tastes Better!” Sincerley,
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Floating Yoga photos by John Lotterhos Yep, that’s what you just might see if you catch a glimpse of Katey McCoy on a SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board). A self-professed “gym rat,” McCoy has been a sports enthusiast since, well, basically she could walk. A gymnast for 8 years, a cheerleader for 10 and a soccer player for 5, the recent Clemson grad has taken a stab at nearly every sport there is and garnered enough fitness awards to basically prove her physical prowess. Among those “other” sports is surfing, which McCoy took up in middle school and now considers one of her favorite pastimes. But it wasn’t until she moved to Charleston last summer that McCoy discovered SUP and became obsessed with learning everything there is to know about the sport. She calls it, “the perfect combination of peace and adrenaline.”
Forward Lunge: This move focuses on the legs and the quadriceps.
Now an SUP instructor through Half-Moon Outfitters in Mt. Pleasant, McCoy coordinates the store’s SUP program. And she does it all, teaching private and group lessons, organizing races and even performing on an SUP for demo days. She is also studying to become a licensed personal trainer. While SUP fitness is a big deal in Hawaii these days, it’s still relatively new on the Charleston scene, but McCoy hopes to change that.
Standard Plank: This move focuses on the arms and the core abdominals.
“People are always looking for the latest and greatest form of exercise, and SUP fitness is it. It’s like a water gym,” she explains, sounding like a true convert. “An untraditional way to do all the traditional exercises you would normally hit the gym for, but on the water.” And she’s right. Stand Up Paddleboarding utilizes stabilizing muscles every second and is an intense workout. But instead of being trapped indoors, you can get the benefit of exercise in a beautiful environment, then enjoy a cool dip in the ocean afterward. Try it for yourself and see. As she says, “Get outside, get active and get in shape!” You can reach Katie McCoy at sup@halfmoonoutfitters. com.
Standard Crunch: This move focuses on the abdominals and the core.
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Friends of the Semper Fi Fund
First Annual Lowcountry Golf Tournament Rivertowne Country Club, Mount Pleasant SC
Oct 10th-11th 843-849-1367
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