About Maui SUP Yoga

At Maui SUP Yoga, the ocean is our studio — the natural place to connect with nature, mind, body, and spirit. SUP Yoga is the perfect way to channel the healing energy of Maui and become in tune with your own healing abilities.

Nichole Lee Sulimani
Co-owner

As a yogini, reiki practitioner, teacher of yoga and a student of life, Nichole has a deep passion for traveling and connecting with people from all around the world, learning about their culture, their story and what liberates them.

Through her own personal experience with depression and anxiety, she has surrendered and released from the idea of what she once thought she was, embracing the truth of her very being: divine light, pure love and free-flowing energy. To awaken to this reality, she dedicated herself to the daily practice of yoga, a tradition that allowed her to break down the walls of fear and continue her path of limitless opportunities.

During her awakening, she decided to travel to Rishikesh India where she lived for three months and completed her 500 Hour Hatha YTTC. After emerging from the shadows of ego, it is in Nichole’s heart to offer guidance to those who have lost their way, by shining light on their potential to live a fulfilling, abundant and happy life full of love.

By uniting with those who continue to learn and grow, Nichole trusts that together people can raise awareness and make a difference in creating a better world.

Nichole’s mission is to continue to connect with people of all walks of life and through various styles of yoga and meditation to share the gift of truth so all can dance freely in the liberation it brings.

  “FREEDOM & LIBERATION TO EXPRESS YOUR TRUE SELF”

The Maui SUP Yoga Team

Josh Riccio

I’m originally from the central gulf coast of Florida, spending most of my childhood in, on, or near the ocean. I moved to West Maui in 2010 to pursue my interests and passions in the ocean, which is where I was first introduced to paddling. Since 2013, I have been competing professionally in Standup Paddle-Board (SUP) races and SUP surf competitions all around the world. Paddling has given me so many incredible opportunities to travel and connect with others through a shared passion for paddling and being on the water. While I focus most of my time and energy towards training and competing at the top level, I thoroughly enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge for paddling with others.

It is equally rewarding for me to see the “stoke” in others when they first stand-up on a SUP as it is for me to be the first to cross the finish line.

2018 Race Results:

  • 1st place SUP stock class 32 mile Molokai 2 Oahu
  • 1st place SUP stock class Paddle Imua
  • 1st place Maui SUP CUP overall winner
  • 2nd place 27 mile Maui 2 Molokai
  • 2nd place Orange Bowl SUP Race
  • 4th place USA nationals SUP surf trials
  • 5th Santa Cruz Paddlefest SUP race
  • 6th place Olukai Ho’olaulea
  • 10th place Mercedes World SUP Cup
  • 11th place Carolina Cup

Adam Racioppi

Adam was born and raised in Florida, and has always been an avid athlete. From soccer, to snowboarding, to lifting free weights and surfing, he has a passion for pushing his body to its edge.

Drawn into yoga by a desire to continue this athleticism after sustaining many snowboarding injuries, he found a practice to take with him as he traveled the world working for Oakley, which provided a low impact, full body workout, as well a way to focus his mind and calm his anxiety. In 2014 he completed his 200hr Yoga teacher training as well as an extensions program in the Baron Baptiste style of Power Vinyasa Flow at a Seattle, WA based Core Power Yoga Studio.

Adam believes that the practice of yoga should be accessible to everyone, his goal in teaching is to give back to others what the practice of yoga has brought him – a full body workout, and a mind, body, and soul connection which informs and supports a holistic way of being in all other aspects of life. His teaching style meets people where they are, and inspires them to be the best they can be.

In addition to yoga, Adam has a deep passion for environmental awareness and community building.

Adam currently resides on the island of Maui, where you can find him out in the surf most days.

Victoria Chadsey

My name is Victoria Chadsey and I would consider myself a hospitality, activity and fitness guru. I have lived my life constantly searching for aquatic adventures and thrive on my daily yoga practice. I earned a degree from Florida Gulf Coast University where I studied Resort and Hospitality management; in addition I have achieved several fitness certifications along with my RYT200 Yoga certification, SUP Yoga, Aerial yoga certification, L1 Paddle instructor certification,Group X and personal training certification. I have been teaching fitness classes for over 7 years with a strong emphasis on teaching yoga the past 4 years.

I recently moved out to Maui to live with the love of my life where we thrive on paddle boarding, surfing, diving our canoe club and living an aquatic life and embracing all that nature has to offer!

I strive to spread love, light, and smiles to everyone I surround myself with and look forward to every yoga class I teach.

~ Namaste Victoria

Larkin Goff

Larkin began practicing yoga when she was in high school. Inspired by her mother’s practice and looking for something to balance her avid soccer playing, she found what she was looking for in Kripalu Yoga as well as Power Vinyasa Flow. As many do, she began to practice for the physical benefit, plus the camaraderie of family and friends. Although yoga was often physically challenging, Larkin always felt better after a class without really knowing why. This experiential evidence was enough for her to return again and again.

Yoga continued to weave through Larkin’s life until a relationship breakup in 2009 prompted a life-changing swadhyaya (self-study) course, introducing the tools of life coaching to Larkin for the first time. A passion for these tools inspired a commitment to a regular practice of yoga, journaling, meditation and self-coaching. In 2011, she felt it was time to more formerly share her passion and practice with others, and completed the 200hr yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

Now Larkin is a Certified MBI Life Coach, a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, a Certified Yoga Nidra Meditation Instructor and a Certified YoKid kids yoga instructor.

She has taught in a variety of environments since 2011, including studios, schools, retirement communities, corporate offices, retreat centers, and privately in homes, jungles, on beaches and cliff sides. She currently resides on the island of Maui with her fiance and their two adorable fur babies.

Larkin’s teaching style is informed by Kripalu’s philosophy of compassionate self-inquiry. Her classes are an accessible experience of mind, body and breath convergence.

Alana Whitt

I was born in San Francisco California and raised in wine country. 2004 I moved to Lake Tahoe to lead a ski bum life. Little did I know it would be where I started my life long relationship with yoga. During the cold winters I found Bikram yoga. And have been practicing on and off for the last 15 years. In 2007 I took a job as a flight attendant based out on New York’s JFK. And after commuting/living a hectic lifestyle for over the last 10 years it was time to find balance.

I spent a month in Mal Pias, Costa Rica doing a 250 hour hot yoga teacher training. Certified by Evolation Yoga. I’ve participated in a 3 day inversion workshop from beach yoga girl. Member of Yoga Alliance. And have completed The Maui SUP yoga family training. Which out of all of my trainings my SUP training me the most happy and renewed my love for yoga and life.

I am currently living aloha on Maui, and don’t plan on ever leaving. My hobbies include wake boarding, snowboarding and I never leave home without a passport. You’ll either find my on a sup yoga board, or free diving and spear fishing catching my own dinner. I love local coffee and supporting local businesses, riding my bike, and spending time with my German shepherd, 3 cats, friends and family. Living my best life.

Jesse Wright

Namaste,

With the rise in popularity of Action Sports in the 90’s, I was lucky enough to find sponsors young, and push Snowboarding as far as my body would allow for 16 years. Throughout my career, my body sustained a laundry list of injuries, many requiring surgeries leaving me with limited mobility and severe aches and pains at a young age.

By fate, I was able to take a yoga class my freshman year in College in Durango, CO, for my 200-hour training. After a couple of classes, I immediately sought out yoga as a way to rehabilitate myself and my injuries.

Durango was an amazing place to grow my personal practice while studying Business and Philosophy. I had the privilege to learn from knowledgeable and well-practiced yogis. Once I realized there were no rules to yoga I began to develop a series and sequence of my own. Learning Yin and Restorative yoga I was able to incorporate breathe work to identify and adjust my multiple sources of the pain. I began noticing improvements in my range of motion and comfortability in my body and mind, and I was then hooked on the desire to advance my practice. I continued to work with and learn from incredible yoga teachers in both Colorado and California along with online teachings. My experience, and the improvements in the physical, mental and spiritual realms of my life cultivated a desire to share this practice.

With restored physical capabilities from maintaining a personal practice, I have been able to compete and instruct both Surf and SUP at a professional level.

I have trained and completed multiple Teacher Certifications, including Stand Up Paddle Yoga Teacher Certification through Gillian Gibree with Paddle into fitness recognized by http://worldpaddleassociation.com/ and Yoga Alliance. The combination of my personal practice, the ocean, and a passion for teaching grew a desire to share the opportunity to reclaim body, mind and spirit pre and post injury with SUP Yoga.

The Two private trainings I offer are SUP FIT and SUP RESTORE.

Both lessons include ocean knowledge and equipment selection suggestions.
Sup Fit and Restore are designed for the intermediate SUP’r who is looking to learn advanced techniques.

The SUP FIT session will help you refine your stroke to achieve fewer strokes over all. Also learn advance race techniques like the pivot turns for race buoys and waves, along with Race Launch, Recovery, and Rescue paddle.

SUP RESTORE is a combination of classic stretches and yoga asana combined with advanced surf and yogic breathing techniques. Designed for both Yogis and Surfers SUP’rs without experience.