Gillian is a Massachusetts native who developed her love for the ocean through prone paddleboarding, ocean swimming, standup paddling and surfing while working as a lifeguard on Cape Cod. The serene New England environment was also the perfect setting to take her yoga practice into nature, and bring balance to the body after competitions and time in the water.
After college, Gillian took a lifeguard position in New Zealand - a place full of adventure and untouched coastline - and her love for water sports and outdoor fitness inspired her to create Paddle Into Fitness. The company offers SUP Yoga & SUP Fitness Certifications with paddle technique and water safety training for aspiring instructors, as well as Outdoor Fitness events.
After Gillian moved to California, she began competing in ocean events around the world as a Roxy athlete. She placed first in the Quiksilver Waikiki Festival in the SUP Survivor Race & the Water woman Race, and also traveled to Peru as a member of Team USA for the ISA World Championships. She's been a regular on the podium in the Battle of the Paddle California and Hawaii, and was a top finisher in numerous national lifeguard championships. She also showed her philanthropic side by paddling across the Cape Cod Bay to raise money for the Boston Children’s Hospital.
Gillian has a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, is American Council on Exercise certified, is a 200 hour E-RYT with Yoga Alliance, and certified in Fitness Nutrition by NASM. She has a decade of ocean lifeguarding experience and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician.
Gillian is a fitness model for Sports & Lifestyle Unlimited, and has worked with brands such as Athleta, Nike, Columbia, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Lifeproof. She was on the cover of Yoga Journal, San Diego Magazine, and has been featured in Self, The Huffington Post, Shape, Outside Online, ESPN Women, and Yahoo Sports. She has also presented SUP Yoga at the San Diego Yoga Journal Conference & Wanderlust Festivals.