MAK­ING WAVES

Record-Set­ting Stand-Up Pad­dle­boarder

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Stand-up pad­dle­board­ing is not just about Zen-like pad­dling and yoga moves — this sport has an ad­ven­tur­ous side. Just ask Sey­chelle Hat­tingh, a Florida Keys na­tive who has racked up an im­pres­sive list of records, in­clud­ing the Guin­ness World Record for the great­est dis­tance pad­dled in 24 hours and the “Fastest on Earth” fe­male SUP ti­tle.

So, you tack­led a Guin­ness World Record for SUP?

Yes, in De­cem­ber 2015 at Ben­der­son Park in Sara­sota, Florida. I pad­dled a 5-kilo­me­ter loop 38 times, which added up to 110.47 miles. It was the great­est dis­tance on a stand-up pad­dle­board on flat water in 24 hours by a woman. Tech­ni­cally, two pad­dlers have gone far­ther, but they haven’t got­ten ap­proved by Guin­ness. They make it re­ally hard.

In 2016, you also were a “Fastest in Florida” se­ries win­ner and earned the women’s “Fastest on Earth” ti­tle.

I found I could be suc­cess­ful at both speed and dis­tance, which is an anom­aly in SUP. You don’t typ­i­cally get an ath­lete who can do both; I had to to­tally change my train­ing.

Have you ever had any crazy or har­row­ing mo­ments on the water?

Those mo­ments hap­pened on the yachts, like get­ting caught in a nor’easter in the Gulf Stream off Ber­muda and dis­masted off Ore­gon. The 12.5-foot boat I cap­tain now … we don’t get into too much trou­ble. Al­though, I was bumped by a shark the other day, which was scary.

You also hold a 100-ton USCG Masters li­cense and worked as a pro­fes­sional yachtswoman?

There’s noth­ing quite like see­ing new places from the water. I loved the boats too. One sum­mer, I worked aboard a wooden mo­to­ry­acht built in 1910.

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