When I was 12 my dad gave me a boogie board. He told me to go play in the river next to his apartment. I have been playing in the water ever since. I helped pioneer the river surfing scene in Colorado. I transitioned easily into stand up paddle and have been pioneering the race scene ever since. I love to paddle, to hang out in the sun and play in the water.
When and where did you start SUP?
I started Stand up Paddling in 2009. The first time I paddled it was in a river with an old windsurf board.
Which sports did you practice before? And now?
I have been very active my whole life! I grew up having fun all the time BMXing, mountain biking, skateboarding, rollerblading, climbing, football, soccer, baseball, yoga, surfing, swimming, basketball, working out... You name it, I did it!
I still love to do all those things if I get the chance.
How have the sports you did before helped with SUP?
Growing up being so athletic has helped set the stage for paddling. I owe how athletic I am to growing up doing all those things.
What attracts you to SUP?
When I am on my board running rapids, racing or surfing, it is one of the few times I feel like I am truly in the moment. I feel like I am 100% focused on what I am doing.
SUP race, SUP surf or something else?
SUP river surf and down river racing!
SUP is booming, do you think this is a fad or a change in attitudes over the long term?
SUP FOR LIFE!
It is here to stay. To many people have fun paddling. There are so many dfferent practices of paddling. It has something to offer everyone fitness, yoga, meditation, racing, surfing, downriver, touring, hanging out with friends, paddling with animals.... ANYTHING YOU WANT!
Do you participate in competitions?
As many as I can!
I have competed in 3 BIC one design races and took 1st place in all of them.
Rockey Mountain SUP Race series champion
The Golden Games SUP champion
South Platte river fest 2nd place
I am really proud of my efforts pioneering the SUP scene in Colorado, river surfing, downriver racing and flat water racing. I am also one of the handful of ACA level 3 instructors. I want to grow SUP with as much aloha as I can!
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