08/25/16 6:05am
Paddle boarding instructor Evelyn O'Doherty gives the group some pointers during the Tuesdnay night community meet-up. (Credit: Krsten Massa)

Paddle boarding instructor Evelyn O’Doherty gives the group some pointers during the Tuesday night community meet-up. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

If the North Fork stand-up paddle boarding community could be considered a tribe, then Chris Dowling is its chief.

Dowling, who along with his wife, Blake, owns One Love Beach surf shop on Main Street in Greenport, started a weekly community meet-up in 2013 for enthusiasts and as a way to introduce beginners to the sport.

If you’re not familiar with this water sport, stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, is a sort cross between surfing and kayaking. Participants stand on a sturdy board and use a long oar to steer through the water.

So while the waves off the South Shore might beckon surfers to the beaches of Montauk, the mirror-like flat water of Peconic Bay on a calm day is better suited for paddlers (the same can be said for Long Island Sound in favorable conditions.) (more…)

06/04/13 11:00am

one love beach surf shop

 

Restaurants and boutiques line the commercial district in downtown Greenport, but for active husband and wife duo Blake and Chris Dowling something has always seemed to be missing from the waterfront community. In the next few weeks, the Greenport couple hopes to change that by opening a new surf shop called One Love Beach on Main Street. (more…)