Jennifer Hanono is a surfer, free diver and stand up paddleboard expert, who runs paddleboard lessons at Skudin Surf, NY.
Hanono, who is originally from the Five Towns, is now a Long Beach resident who has been surfing and paddle boarding for five years.
She said she has always loved the water, but her relationship with it actually started in Sweden, where she spent summers on the lake with her family when she was younger.
When she moved to Long Beach, Hanono’s experience with cold, fresh water helped her transition to ocean water, and she soon found she had an aptitude for stand up paddleboarding.
In addition to being active in water sports, Hanono calls herself a “steward of the sea,” and she is also passionate about conservation. She is a member of the Surfrider Foundation, and she makes an effort to spread awareness about the dangers of single-use plastics like plastic straws, utensils, bags, food containers and cups that can be harmful to the environment.