Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez

 

Jose grew up surfing and paddling in Puerto Rico. He worked for Outward Bound for 12 years, teaching sea kayaking and sailing expeditions. Jose has been teaching for over 25 years in the outdoor classroom. In addition, he has taught at various colleges in the USA. He has competed in multiple SUP races including the HanoHano, Battle of thePaddle, Malibu Downwinder, Carolina Cup and Pacific Paddle Games.

Jose holds an ACA SUP Level 2 Instructor Trainer certification. He has taught many Instructor Certification courses in different parts of United States including Southern California, Maryland, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Puerto Rico. Lastly, Jose wanted to expand local coastal awareness and access and be the voice for all paddlers in San Diego so he helped a group of paddlers form the San Diego Water Trails Association.

INTERVIEW

When and where did you start SUP ? 
I started SUP in New Hampshire in 2008 using an old windsurf board and a SUP paddle.

Which sports did you practice before? And now?
I grew up surfing and sea kayaking in Puerto Rico. I am a sailor and have sail from Puerto Rico to Granada as well as in many part of Maine, Florida and Massachusetts.

How have the sports you did before helped with SUP?
Surfing helped me with the balance and coordination. Sailing gave me an overall knowledge of currents, tides and weather.

What attracts you to SUP? 
The simplicity of the sport.

SUP race, SUP surf or something else? 
I am a recreational athlete and a soul SUP surfer.

SUP is booming, do you think this is a fad or a change in attitudes over the long term? 
I believe SUP is here to stay. Long term, I suspect that SUP stays as a recreational sport more than a big competitive sport.

Do you participate in competitions
Yes, I do. I have competed in multiple SUP races including the HanoHano, Battle of thePaddle, Malibu Downwinder, Carolina Cup and Pacific Paddle Games.

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