When and where did you start SUP ?
My first memory of stand up paddling was in 2010 when I was 9, I was using my dad’s longboard on a local pond with a wooden from a row boat.
Which sports did you practice before? And now?
Second to paddling and surfing I love to run, I've ran long distance competitively since I was 11 and it's great training for SUP racing. Besides that I enjoy, skiing, mountain biking, and the occasional whitewater kayaking session.
How have the sports you did before helped with SUP?
I surfed before I started paddle boarding, which got me stoked on any sport that involved the ocean. Surfing has helped me a lot with board control and balance and then running has helped me train for the cardiovascular aspect of SUP racing.
What attracts you to SUP?
SUP attracts me because it comes in so many different forms, I can grind out miles one day, surf the next day, and hang out and fish the next, the possibilities are endless.
SUP race, SUP surf or something else?
SUP race, unfortunately the coast of Connecticut does not have any waves so I paddle on rivers, lakes and the Long Island Sound as much as I can. Most of my local spots have boat traffic so I get to surf some boat wakes once in a while!
SUP is booming, do you think this is a fad or a change in attitudes over the long term?
I do not feel SUP is a fad at all! Duke Kahanamoku, the iconic surfing legend was paddling boards in Hawaii in the 1940s… 75 years later the sport is still growing and reaching new people.
Do you participate in competitions
I try to compete as much as I can, in 2016 I competed in 11 events and I hope to do even more next year.