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Changing Lives through All Things SUP. No Excuses, Just Empowerment.

Since 2000, my goal has been to make sure everyone is comfortable in the water. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or currently looking to take your skill set to the next level, there’s always more room for improvement. I offer a wide variety of classes built to suit every need and level. Jump in with me and learn how to have memorable fun in a safe and secure way.

Meet Rachel Cantore

As a former gymnast, I have always loved fitness and movement. I grew up in the Chicagoland suburbs and moved to Laguna Niguel in 2013. In 2014, I relocated to Bluffton, South Carolina where I started my own fitness, training, and wellness business at a brand new facility called The Wellness Institute. 

Initially, I was focused on personal training and bootcamps. As business grew and I continued to expand my knowledge and expertise in the field, I chose to transition into small group personal training which at the time was in it's early stages. Business continued to grow, and I eventually went out on my own, officially launching Fusion Fit in 2018. the Fusion Brand has always been my vision and direction.  That is, the coming together of fitness/training, nutrition, lifestyle, and health and wellness in one space. 

It wasn't until 2017 that I discovered paddle boarding and became a certified PaddleFit Coach. With my love for fitness and paddle boarding, I created Paddle Fused Fitness in 2018. Two years later I completed my first SUP race.  The same year I took ownership of Stand and Paddle. Since then, I have continued with SUP racing - winning multiple races along the east coast and southeast US, and built Stand and Paddle to what it is today.

Education & Background


Various Other Courses and Programs

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2007 to present


NASM CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)

Performance Enhancement Specialist

Corrective Exercise Specialist

Small Group Training Specialist

Behavior Change Specialist

Weight Management Specialist

Certified Virtual Coach


University of Illinois at Chicago

dual major in Movement Sciences/Kinesiology (Exercise and Fitness) and Nutrition, minor Psychology

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