Where do you live?
How long have you been paddling?
I got a board while in college. I’m thinking 2012??
Tell us about your first experience on a SUP? What got you hooked?!
Where's your favorite local place to paddle?
I haven’t thought too big about this but Lake Tahoe is on there! Paddling in the Maldives or Fiji would def be on my list. Nothing on the calendar yet! I’m pretty last minute!
Getting into SUP has made me more aware of the problems we face with pollution. Now, more than ever, I have seen firsthand what is happening. The water is where I am the happiest and right now, my area has been dealing with a water crisis. “Red Tide” has taken over most of South Florida. Manatees, dolphins, fish, sea turtles, are all dying and there’s nothing we can do. I have not gone to the beach or paddled in the gulf for over a month. To me, Live Love SUP means to protect our oceans and educate people what is going on and how easy it is for them to change their habits to make the world a better place. We all should want to Live and enjoy the earth, not destroy it, and Love the animals by protecting them from our harmful ways, so we can continue to SUP and explore the outdoors like we are supposed to do.
First timers should talk to people who have been doing the sport. I remember my first race was a beach start. I had no idea what that meant. I had no idea how to turn(it was 4 laps with 7 turns each lap!), so I asked around and met up with people who were more than happy to get me feeling confident. I’m going to say that most people who paddle are super awesome. They will not turn anyone away who wants to try to SUP! As for my training, all depends on what races I’m planning to do. But I paddle about 3-4 times a week. What I think that keeps me going is cross training. I also run, play tennis, bike, slackline, and try to just get outside. I also make sure to chill some days.
My craziest sup experience to date was having a 12-foot hammerhead go right along my board. I was just paddling right outside the swim buoys at the beach. I saw a dorsal start to come out of the water. At first, I was like ohhh, a dolphin, but then the fin continued to come out of the water and I saw the tail poke out too! It turned and headed right for me! It went right alongside my board, that’s how I know it was about 12 feet. It was insane. I’ve never had an animal in the wild that big come up that close to me.
My dream is to paddle with whale sharks. They keep getting spotted offshore and I would love to just be out there one day and see one. That would be AMAZING!