Behind the success of Charlotte’s business is her Dad whose beautiful soul gives people on her retreats a true island experience. Charlotte says ‘One of the highlights of my career if not the most treasured is that I get to spend time with my Dad ; the most kind, loving, humble, generous, patient and inspiring person I know. I would not be where I am today without his continue encouragement and the joy he brings to myself daily and my retreat guests’ . As Julie O’Meagher who attended a retreat with her husband in June 2016 wrote: ‘Hi Charlotte. It has been nearly a week since we left the Cook Islands and Richard and i can’t thank you and Tuhe enough for the amazing experiences you provided for us. You and Tuhe are truly beautiful people and without your genuine care for us all the week would not have been as special as it was. Richard commented that it was the best holiday of his life and that Tuhe is in the top 10 of people he has met in his life that has influenced him.’
Charlotte Piho is one of the most talked about paddleboarders in Australia. Internationally she has been called both the ‘Queen’ and ‘Pin up girl’ for SUPYoga and is known for being one of the pioneers of Paddleboard Yoga. Charlotte is Australia’s Master Trainer and its founder. Charlotte travels internationally running teacher training workshops. In the last six years she has traveled all over the world including Singapore, London, Europe, California, Florida, Mexico, Fiji, Indonesia and the Cook Islands. She is a true Mermaid, extremely passionate for the protection of Sharks and all Marine life (An ambassador for MSC – Sustainable Seafood); A freediver (She can hold her breathe underwater for over 5mins) and a Team Rider for Naish – specialising in BigWave StandupPaddlboard Surfing. A member of Yoga Alliance and an Internationally Certified Yoga Teacher (YTT -200hour) Charlotte takes time to continually grow and develop her skills and knowledge as a trainer, often getting training from the best. She has been fortunate to paddleboard with big wave surfing legends Laird Hamilton, Gerry Lopez, Tom Carroll; Olympic Swimming Champions Geoff Huegill and Giann Rooney. She has paddled with many of the top Paddleboarders in the world, many of whom she is fortunate to be friends with. Although unable to compete in what she specializes in ‘Big Waves’, with waves for competitions always being disappointingly small, she was ranked 13th in the World for SUPsurfing for females in 2016.
Charlotte and her world renowned retreats have featured frequently in newspapers (Daily Telegraph, SMH, Sun Herald, The Age, Australian Financial Review); on every major Australian TV Channel, including ESPN Search4Hurt, Channel 9 Today Show, Channel 7 Sydney Weekender, Channel 7 Sunrise, Channel 7 Primetime 6pm News and in top Magazines including: Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Fitness, Next, Good Health, Samata Standup Paddle, SUPing the Mag, Singapore the New Paper, Timeout Sydney, Virgin and Jetstar inflight Magazines…she is regarded as a guru and expert in the sport, the most experienced and one of few internationally that has been able to make a full-time career out of it through her business skills, hard-work ethic and amazing passion and fearlessness for the ocean. Prior to teaching SUPYoga she completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance – winning Scholarships from the Reserve Bank of NZ and Treasury for being an accelerate academic and in her last year of high school being placed in the top 3% for Economics in Australasia. She gave up corporate life after almost dying to follow her passion, she now is living her dream and everyday ‘Dreaming with her eyes open’ operating manly from her home in the Cook Islands and Bondi Beach in Sydney Australia. For more info and pictures scroll down below or checkout her blog or facebook page.
Charlotte is Sponsored By: O’NEILL, AIR RAROTONGA, NAISH, VONZIPPER and GSHOCK