Greenwich Look

Spring 2016

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Surf and Paddle With Purpose A fun pastime has turned into a passionate profession for Reinaldo Schiavinato, who is teaching more than surfi ng. Brazilian-born Reinaldo Schiavinato came to Palm Beach via Chicago when his father was trans- ferred by Abbot Laboratories to Palm Beach. Summers in Brazil spent surfi ng with his cousins and friends, and undergraduate work at the University of Hawaii, played a big part in his deci- sion to teach not only surfi ng, but also the life philosophy that accompanies it. It wasn't until he found joy in teaching his own then-four-year-old son, Giovanni, how to surf that he realized what he wanted to do. "I would take him to the beach and push him into the waves," said Schiavinato. "By the time we left, I had 10 kids hanging around and would teach them to surf. I thought to myself, 'What a rewarding feeling.'" Now, the owner and founder of the continually growing Hula Surf & Paddle School in Boyton Beach, Fla., Schiavinato and his team teach dozens of kids, and adults, how to surf and paddleboard through group and private lessons year-round. With paddleboarding becoming the fasting growing water board sport in the world, it has brought in many new students. The most popular program is the Summer Surf Camp, which runs from mid-June through July. "A big focus of our camp is ocean safety awareness and beach conservation," said Schiavinato. Safety and conservation are also a big part of his program. All his lessons are taught in a Hawaiian-style approach to surf and paddle. "Spreading the Aloha is our motto," said Schiavinato— this means learning to respect the ocean and respect others. "Aloha not only means hello and goodbye in Hawaiian, but also means being kind, respectful, thankful and giving," he added. "That is what we try to show the kids and the adults through our school. We have a very high return rate, and believe in what we teach!" ISLAND HULA SURF AND PADDLE 877-321-HULA; Quick look ➤ SPORTS CHICHI UBIÑA

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