Paddling Santas brave cold

By Beth A. Birmingham | Dec 23, 2013
Photo by: James Taylor Heidi Taylor and Tina Fish enjoy a paddle in Rockland Harbor Dec. 18. The pair is known for stunts such as this — paddling Santas. They were also paddling Pilgrims at Thanksgiving.

Rockland — Although the temperature barely made it above freezing Dec. 18, two area women found it as their last chance to usher in the final days of Christmas.

Tina Fish and Heidi Taylor of Rockland donned Santa suits, paddle boards, and long underwear and headed for Rockland Harbor.

"We knew it would be cold, but had not factored in getting our hands so wet," said Fish about their paddle excursion.

The pair have been paddle boarding for the past year, and have accomplished several other adventures — including dressing up as Pilgrims and welcoming in Thanksgiving with a similar paddle.

"We have so much fun," said Fish, who is trained in safety, instruction and rescue on stand up paddle boards by the American Canoe Association.

"There could be people that think we were crazy for being out there in December," said Fish adding "we took all precautions necessary for the conditions."

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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