Local paddleboard company blends exercise with laughs

A Chauvin woman is bringing surf culture to the bayous of south Louisiana with her paddleboarding business she began last summer.

Through her business Calypso’s Bayou Paddleboard Co., Fallon Ellender-Chauvin leads paddleboard excursions in Cocodrie and Grand Isle, and yoga classes at the at the Nicholls State University and Chauvin swimming pools.

“Don’t be afraid to fall in because it’s a beautiful pool and there’s no alligators here,” Ellender-Chauvin advised her SUP, or standing-up paddleboard, yoga class last Tuesday.

SUP yoga is similar to yoga in a studio, except instead of a yoga mat, the class balances on paddleboards, and instead of falling onto the floor, you fall with a great splash into the pool. Elle