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Alex Garhart
Hometown Delta, CO Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I have been a board sports junky my entire life, SUP has been the next progression from Read More
Alex Garhart

Hometown
Delta, CO

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I have been a board sports junky my entire life, SUP has been the next progression from skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing. SUP gives the paddler a unique perspective whether you’re coming down the river, ocean surfing or touring in the Carribean.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
My ultimate joy on a SUP board is river surfing. I surf at the Montrose, CO whitewater park year around. If Glenwood Springs or Big Sur have high water you can find me surfing there.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
For river surfing the redesigned Hala Peno and new for 2017 Hala MiliGram are my go to boards. The new Hala Peno is a revolutionary and responsive inflatable surf board in an ocean of underwhelming inflatable surfers. For whitewater I love my Hala Luya for it’s stability and surfy feel.

My next dream paddling adventure is…
I’m planning a trip to Nicaragua to do the 1st (and probably last due to a proposed dam) SUP decent of the Rio Grande de Matagalpa with Hala team member Sam Mauldin. We’ll be paddling through 150 miles of Nicaraguan jungle to reach the Carribean, documenting the lives of indigenous peoples along the way.

What I do when I am not paddling?
When I’m not paddling I’ll be rock climbing in Indian Creek, snowboarding at Powderhorn, fussing with my latest batch of home brewed wine or playing with my pup.

Social Media:
Facebook: : https://www.facebook.com/alexander.garhart
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agarhart/

Alex Hotze
Hometown: Montrose, CO Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I have a long history on the water. With my love of ocean surf and knowledge of Read More
Alex Hotze

Hometown: Montrose, CO

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I have a long history on the water. With my love of ocean surf and knowledge of rivers sup was a great combination of the two right here in our little mountain town.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…Pushing the boundaries of freestyle river running. The white water park if one of my favs but it’s hard to beat a glassy wave in a remote desert canyon.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …The HalaPeno is where it’s at and when it comes to hard rapids the Hala Atcha is always a solid choice.

My next dream paddling adventure is…
Nepali Coast Kauai HI USA Surf, paddle, spearfish extravaganza!!!!
What I do when I am not paddling?
I run a horse ranch! Dirt bikes, kayaks, surfboards, split boards, and of course spending time with my lovely wife Jen Hotze.
Social Media:
Facebook: eztohxela
Instagram: sickwavez

Andy O’Brien
Hometown: Born Grand Rapids, MI. lives break, CO. Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it: I grew up on lake Michigan, but I moved to the Rockies Read More
Andy O’Brien

Hometown: Born Grand Rapids, MI. lives break, CO.

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it: I grew up on lake Michigan, but I moved to the Rockies in ’99. as a tried and true ski/climbing bum, I always missed the water. SUP has totally filled that void. besides the obvious fun of charging hard whitewater, the sport is unreal for overall fitness. but at the end of the day, the SUP community is what really takes it to another level. so tight, so welcoming and inclusive. everyone is there to support ya and have a rad time.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on: the lower blue is my home
river, but with the Ark only 20mins further, it’s a toss up.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? the Atcha, the Atcha 86, and the Playa. These all fit my style, but if I only had one board, it would be the Atcha. as primarily a whitewater guy, this size and shape suits 90% of my needs.

My next dream paddling adventure is: just got back from river running in Patagonia, so I think the next big trip is a paddle surf trip. a light and fast trip to surf Iceland, or maybe northern Ireland. who’s in?

What I do when I am not paddling: climbing and skiing are my other passions. I’m a die hard boulderer at heart.

Social Media:
Facebook: royal blue obrien
Instagram: royal blue obrien

Ben Staley
Hometown : Olathe, KS Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I love the solitude and the connection you make with the space around you on the Read More
Ben Staley

Hometown : Olathe, KS

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I love the solitude and the connection you make with the space around you on the water. I enjoy it all, whitewater paddling, downwinding and flat water. The ocean brought me into the SUP world in 2009 and I currently love exploring new rivers sections and multi day SUP touring spots.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on.
-Blue River, Colorado
Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
-Hala Atcha 86 – Challenging rapids to down river surfing the 86 does it all.
– Hala Playa
– Hala Radito
– Hala Straight Up

My next dream paddling adventure is…
– Pac NW rivers through Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
– Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – WI
– Always, the ever elusive Colorado River – Grand Canyon, AZ

What I do when I am not paddling?
• Backcountry skiing
• Climbing
• Backpacking

Social Media:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/therealbenstaley
Instagram: www.instagram.com/therealbenstaley

Chris Lennon
Hometown: Greenville, NC but reside in Erwin, TN Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I have had fun playing around with SUPing on lakes and river Read More
Chris Lennon

Hometown: Greenville, NC but reside in Erwin, TN

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I have had fun playing around with SUPing on lakes and river fishing, my ecxitment with SUPing and fishing comes in the ability to get into areas without disturbing the fish. Also, the ability to get to places on the river during no release days (dam controlled) or low water days (free flowing rivers) when a boat is impractical or wading is limited due to deep pools or river bank geography. It allows me the ability to carry multiple fly rods, coolers and extend the length of the area I am fishing. This ability to anchor and fish, or hop off and wade fish some areas gives me the upper hand. Also, the awesome coastal fishing I am going to get into this year on a couple of trips is going to be amazing. ICW(intercoastal waterway) I am coming for you! Having grown up surfering on the NC coast SUPing is an exciting prospect when returning to my roots for a little R&R. I really had my eyes opened to what river SUPing offers, last year when the whitewater company I work for began pushing SUP trips. I have spent 20+ years as a whitewater paddler and guide, and this is one of the most exciting craft I found recently.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
Nolichucky and Watauga Rivers

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
Daze and the Straight Up are the two boards that I am using. The Daze rocks! It is a solid platform for fly fishing, plus allows me to bring everything.

My next dream paddling adventure is…
This year will be tackling the Inner Coastal Waterway flyfishing for Reds, Snooks and Spotted Trout outside of Charleston. I have only been after salt fish once before on the fly and look forward to it.

What I do when I am not paddling?
I am member of the management team for USARaft/MountainRiverGuides on the Nolichucky and French Broad Rivers, head guide/owner of Legacy Anglers of TN and work part time as a Paramedic during the off season. I get between 150 to 200 days a year on the water guiding or fishing.

Social Media:
Facebook: LegacyAnglers of TN
Instagram: @legacyanglerstn
Website: legacyanglerstn.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_TPKyiciDE&feature=youtu.be

Covey William Baack
Hometown Gold Hill, Oregon Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I love SUP because the feeling of styling a rapid standing up on SUP is something Read More
Covey William Baack

Hometown
Gold Hill, Oregon

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I love SUP because the feeling of styling a rapid standing up on SUP is something I never thought possible. The workout is amazing and there is no tougher challenge on the River. I first discovered SUP when I brought a board down the Grand Canyon, it was amazing the places you could go. Your advantage point on the river is not like any other!

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
You will most likely find me on the Rogue River. Challenging the local Nugget/ Powerhouse section.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
I’ve been lucky enough to ride the Hala Hoss and the Hala Nass but truly love my Hala Atcha for most of the whitewater and waterfalls.

My next dream paddling adventure is…
I would love to travel with the Hala Team in Mexico and pull of some SUP first D’s
But next on my bucket list is a trip to the Zambezi

What I do when I am not paddling?
If I am not on a SUP, kayak, or raft. You will find me exploring in the wilderness with my family or taking care of our family farm.

Social Media:
Facebook: CoveyBaack
Instagram: @coveybaack

Jack Nelson
Hometown- Johnson City, Tennessee Why I love SUP and how I discovered it… I love SUP because it allows me to connect with the outdoors. To me, there is nothing Read More
Jack Nelson

Hometown- Johnson City, Tennessee

Why I love SUP and how I discovered it…
I love SUP because it allows me to connect with the outdoors. To me, there is nothing like going with flow of the river on a SUP and experiencing the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer. I discovered SUP after whitewater kayaking for a few years. SUP was another challenging way to enjoy whitewater paddling. A couple of years ago an opportunity became available to manage a SUP shop in my hometown and I have been involved with standup paddling in some capacity ever since. Once I started paddling I was hooked on pushing the limits of SUP on challenging rapids and racing.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on….
My favorite place to paddle is the Nolichucky Gorge. It is 20 minutes from my house and offers challenging class III/IV whitewater in a spectacular mountainous gorge.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite?
I paddle the Atcha, Nass, and Daze the most. I am looking forward to getting some more time on our new ICT boards and river surfers. It’s hard to say which one is my favorite because they all perform so well. My favorite board depends on what conditions I choose to paddle in. I am stoked to paddle for a company like HALA Gear, who leads inflatable paddleboard technology and river paddleboard designs.

My next dream paddling adventure is…
I have always dreamed about paddling the Grand Canyon on a SUP. I have grown up experiencing the beautiful gorges of the Appalachian Mountains and I want to see what the Grand Canyon is all about.

What I do when I am not paddling?
I teach high school full-time and rep HALA Gear in the southeast region. When I am not paddling you can find me hiking, mountain biking, onewheeling, snowboarding, or looking for the next adventure with my love Maggie and our sidekick SUP dog Tomi.

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacknife28
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacknife28/?hl=en
Website: https://halagear.com/

Jake Walker
Hometown Rinconada N.M. Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… It was on Town Lake in Austin, I knew it was going to be a big part Read More
Jake Walker

Hometown Rinconada N.M.

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… It was on Town Lake in Austin, I knew it was going to be a big part of my life. I spent a couple years destroying boards before I found more river specific boards. I ran in to a very talented paddler named Barry at the local whitewater park,he showed me the next level and I have been in love every since

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on… Rio Grande or the San Marcos in the winter

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …I am ridding the Hala Atcha 9’6 predominantly so stable so responsive.

My next dream paddling adventure is… My next dream adventure is to make it through a super busy raft season and head south, Mexico then Costa Rica and see old friends.

What I do when I am not paddling? When I am not paddling you can find me on the golf course and supporting live music of all kinds

Social Media:
Facebook: SUP NM

Jason Kopp
Hometown: Lapeer, MI Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I love to SUP because I love the SUP community, and my favorite place to be is Read More
Jason Kopp

Hometown: Lapeer, MI

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I love to SUP because I love the SUP community, and my favorite place to be is on the water. I also love the diversity of the sport, with options from river running and surfing to touring, racing and yoga. I discovered SUP because a friend bought me a SUP lesson as a birthday present after I kept complaining that driving three hours to the ocean was too far to surf. Little did I know I would soon learn to surf on my local river 20 minutes from home.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
DC’s jewel, the Potomac!

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
I’m riding the Atcha for whitewater. The 9’6” for big water and the 8’6” for creeky runs. For whitewater racing and touring adventures, I go to the Nass 12’6”. The Atcha is an amazing all around board, so it’s my favorite currently. Not only does it stomp advanced whitewater, but it also surfs quite well. In addition, the stability of the Atcha makes it ideal for beginners and for yoga.

My next dream paddling adventure is…
To run the Upper Navua River canyon in Fiji, and then hang out on the coast and surf for a while.

What I do when I am not paddling?
I’m planning my next adventure, defending community interests in SW DC for water access and recreation, learning languages, jamming on my keyboard, snowboarding, onewheeling, or figuring out if living on a boat can be any cooler than it already is.

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capitan.fritz
Instagram: jfkopp
Twitter: koppdc

Jazmin Levis
Hometown: Originally, Buenos Aires, Argentina. But after exploring Colorado, U.S. and Sydney, Now live in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I Read More
Jazmin Levis

Hometown: Originally, Buenos Aires, Argentina. But after exploring Colorado, U.S. and Sydney, Now live in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I grew up around water and it has always been part of my life. In Argentina I lived by the Rio de la Plata, the widest river in the world, and have water skied and wakeboarded since I was 3 years old. And every summer we would go tot he beach and I would spend my days surfing. But when I moved to Colorado, USA to study and the summer arrived I was desperate for water in this landlocked state. So I started investigating what I could learn to run the Boulder Creek and be in contact with the water. When I first heard people could surf a river I coundt believe it. But due to my need to play in it, in no time I found my best friends and was paddling down the river.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on… The ocean.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …For whitewater, definitely the Playa. But know that I´m living on the ocean… I pretty sure it will be the Grahm.

My next dream paddling adventure is…Japan or India. To many amazing options.

What I do when I am not paddling? Im the Director of Education for Give and Surf, a non-for-profit that works empowering indigenous communities in Bocas del Toro through education and surf. So I’m either teaching, coordinating educational programs, or surfing and SUPping .

Social Media:
Facebook: Jaz Levis
Instagram: jazzietup
Twitter: jazlevis

Jeremiah Williams
Hometown Rowlett, TX- Live in Vail, CO Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… As a white water raft guide, I am always looking for new and Read More
Jeremiah Williams

Hometown
Rowlett, TX- Live in Vail, CO

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
As a white water raft guide, I am always looking for new and exciting ways to make my way down the river. When river paddle boarding started I saw an opportunity to take a new sport to it’s limits. While there are so many amazing decents being accomplished on boards these days, I still enjoy pushing my own skill and endurance level.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
The Colorado River, and most likely the Shoshone section. Rarely do you find a section that runs the majority of the year, with back to back class III you can lap all day, and quite possibly the easiest shuttle ever. I estimate I’ve run this section nearly 1000 times in rafts, kayaks, duckies, and paddle boards and I still enjoy finding creative ways to make my way down this classic stretch of white water.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
Honestly, I wish I had a 10 board quiver of Hala awesomeness! However, if I had to narrow it down, I would take an Atcha (with the stomp box) for whitewater and all around fun, the new Peno for river surfing, and I’m really excited about the new Straight up for going fast in downriver as well as SUP cross races.

My next dream paddling adventure is…
Anywhere new. It could be in Colorado, another state, or another country. I love seeing new rivers and figuring out how to navigate them on a paddle board.

What I do when I am not paddling?
Train for paddling. As a member of the Mens US National Whitewater Raft team, training is basically year round. Theres always an event or race just a few short months away. Spending time in the gym keeping those key muscles ready to paddle is necessary to avoid injury and excel in whitewater. I also love to ski, bike, hike and pretty much any sport we can enjoy outdoors.

Social Media:
Facebook: Jeremiah Williams
Instagram: jeremiahwill1 usmensraftteam

Joey Saputo
Newtown, Connecticut I love the full body workout I get from SUP! I learned about river SUP 7 years ago at the Teva games! On the Upper C! I’m riding Read More
Joey Saputo

Newtown, Connecticut

I love the full body workout I get from SUP! I learned about river SUP 7 years ago at the Teva games!

On the Upper C!

I’m riding the Straight Up with the glass stringer and the Athcha 9’6″!

I Love all the Hala boards!

Next dream paddle adventure would be somewhere tropical!

I’m part owner of Stand up paddle Colorado and Owner of Stand up paddle Corn Islands!

Facebook Joey Saputo
Instagram @joeysaputo
website standuppaddlecolorado.com
standuppaddlecornislands.com

John Blackshire
Hometown: Denver, Colorado Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I love SUP because it is a great way to get outside, to get fit, and have Read More
John Blackshire

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I love SUP because it is a great way to get outside, to get fit, and have fun with friends and family.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on… South Platte River by my house.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? … Nass-T, Playa, Atcha, Straight Up, Radito, Luya, Gram, and Peno. My favorite is the Playa, it is fast and fun.

My next dream paddling adventure is doing a self support speed trip with friends through the Grand Canyon.

What I do when I am not paddling? I like to ride my pedicab, snowboard, and volunteer with the Greenway Foundation.

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.blackshire
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/john.blackshire

Maria Schultz / Sup With Pup
Hometown Buffalo, NY Maria Christina Schultz, is an outdoor enthusiast, ACA-certified stand up paddleboard instructor, artist, photographer, and dog trainer. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Maria is now based in Read More
Maria Schultz / Sup With Pup

Hometown
Buffalo, NY

Maria Christina Schultz, is an outdoor enthusiast, ACA-certified stand up paddleboard instructor, artist, photographer, and dog trainer. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Maria is now based in central Virginia, where she lives with her husband and two Australian shepherds, Riley and Kona. In May of 2012, the first day Maria ever got on a stand up paddleboard Riley was with her – they learned the sport together and have been paddling as a team ever since. Wanting to share her love of paddling with dogs Maria combined her passions in graphic design, photography and paddling to publish two books: How to SUP With Your PUP, A Guide to Stand Up Paddleboarding With Your Dog, and Paddle Tails, Reflections on People and Dogs Who Find Balance on the Water. Maria also teaches SUP PUP classes with Black Dog Paddle in Richmond, Virginia, and other cities along the East Coast. When she’s not out paddling with her dogs, Maria also enjoys whitewater SUP, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, skiing, and finding new ways to wear herself – and her dogs – out.

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
In the summer of 2012 I needed a new outdoor hobby. It had to give me a good workout, and I wanted to have Riley along. Stand up paddleboarding! I loved the idea of being on the river, and that Riley might be into it as well (since I think he’s part fish). My suspicion was correct, Riley, and now Kona LOVE paddling with me, and I love this sport because it’s something we can all enjoy together.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
The Rappahannock River

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
This season I’ll be riding the 12.6 Nass, the Straight Up, and hopfully the Milligram – as I work on my river surfing skills! My favorite board is the Straight Up – I love that it’s playful, and roomy when I want to bring both dogs along for a ride. The 10’ length gives us nice glide while the 32“ with is just the right balance between stability and efficency.

My next dream paddling adventure is…
70 miles down the Patuxent River, self support, with Kona on the nose of my 12.6 Nass!

What I do when I am not paddling?
Mountain biking, hiking, climbing, skiing, camping, traveling and finding new ways to wear myself and my dogs out!

Social Media:
Personal: https://www.facebook.com/maria.schultz.104
SUP WITH PUP: https://www.facebook.com/HowToSupWithYourPup/
Instagram: @sup_with_pup
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SUPwithPUP (I don’t use this platform much)
Website: mariachristinaschultz.com

Matt Buckley
Hometown: born on Cape Cod, MA . Currently living in Edwards, CO Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I fell in love with whitewater and river Read More
Matt Buckley

Hometown: born on Cape Cod, MA . Currently living in Edwards, CO

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I fell in love with whitewater and river canyons as a raft guide. I was looking for a new challenge when I was introduced to river SUP. I have never looked back.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
Anywhere on a river where gradient, constriction and obstructions are found.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
The Atcha took me through an important time in my development as a paddler. It’s stability and responsiveness helped me learn WWSUP. Since the advent of the Atcha86, it has become my go to whitewater board. Incredibly nimble, stable, fast and fun.

My next dream paddling adventure is…
There’s so many rivers I want to run. I think I’ll be trying to run every river I find out about for the rest of my life.

What I do when I am not paddling?
Backcountry skiing.

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marsden.sherwood
Instagram: @buckleycoldnwet
Twitter: @buckleycoldnwet
Website: https://buckleycoldnwet.wordpress.com

Melanie Seiler Hames
Hometown: Fayetteville WV Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it? I love to SUP because I enjoy the options in intensity and venues. I can enjoy an Read More
Melanie Seiler Hames

Hometown: Fayetteville WV

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it? I love to SUP because I enjoy the options in intensity and venues. I can enjoy an easy paddle along the lake bank or I can hit the whitewater and try to catch waves to surf. I grew up with parents owning a rafting company and began river guiding at a young age. When I discovered SUP, it energized every aspect of paddling for me and gave me a new way to share the river with other people.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on: The New and Gauley Rivers
Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite. I love the Hala Playa for cruising flat water and racing, the Hala Atcha for downriver whitewater, and this year I am looking forward to surfing the Peno!!

My next dream paddling adventure is to tour around the east coast attending down river races and making new friends.

What I do when I am not paddling? I recently started working for a non-profit, Active Southern West Virginia. We focus on getting the residents of the New River Gorge region physically active outdoors through community programming. I love incorporating SUP into our programs because it is has a fast fun learning curve!

Social media
Facebook: Melanie Seiler Hames
Instagram: wvmelanie
Twitter
Website: http://www.activeswv.org/
www.nrgsuprace.com

ACA Level 3 Instructor Certified
CPR/First Aid Instructor
Adventure Sports Degree
20 years river guiding

Nadia Almuti
Hometown: Born in Dearborn, Michigan Grew Up in: Ogdensburg, New York Currently living in: Grand Junction Colorado Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I’ve always loved Read More
Nadia Almuti

Hometown: Born in Dearborn, Michigan
Grew Up in: Ogdensburg, New York
Currently living in: Grand Junction Colorado

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I’ve always loved being on and in the water. I’ve been whitewater kayaking for about 14 years. 7 years ago one of my friends convinced me to try paddle boarding for the first time during a race in Glenwood. During the race I swam every rapid and loved it. During that weekend I also got to try out river surfing and I was hooked. I needed a board. Ever since then I’ve been spending as much time as I can out on my board.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on… In Whitewater or on a river wave. My home stretches are the Montrose Whitewater Park, Glenwood Wave, and Shoshone section of the Colorado River.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
14’ Nass-T – For my flatwater training
Gram – Ocean Surfing
Peno – River surfing
Straight Up – Whitewater Race board
9’6” – My favorite board! It’s my go to for big or technical whitewater

My next dream paddling adventure is…
There’s a multi day self support I have been trying to plan in British Columbia. I would also love to go back to Africa and try to surf the Nile in Uganda before it gets dammed.

What I do when I am not paddling?
Most of my time is spent on the water, but when I’m not paddling I love to climb, mountain bike, snowboard, and backcountry cross country ski with my dog Hank.

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NadiaAlmuti/
Instagram: @gnardia
Twitter: @almuti_nadia
Website: www.nadiaalmuti.com

Paul Clark
Hometown: Bend, Oregon Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I come from a long distance hiking, sea kayaking, and backcountry ski background. When I discovered I Read More
Paul Clark

Hometown: Bend, Oregon

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I come from a long distance hiking, sea kayaking, and backcountry ski background. When I discovered I could do overnight trips on a paddle board I was hooked. Living in Oregon, multi-day SUP means paddling on rivers. So, it is through paddle boarding that I discovered rivers.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
The Deschutes River.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
Atcha 96 for whitewater, Fame or Daze for multi-day river trips. The 14′ Nass was my idea after paddling 300 miles in Baja. The open water touring boards are amazing.

My next dream paddling adventure is…
As I write this I am on a paddling expedition in Patagonia. Dreams being checked off. New Zealand, Turkey, a return to Japan….

What I do when I am not paddling?
Hanging in Bend. Flying my drone. Photography.

Social Media:
Facebook: @suppaulclark
Instagram: @suppaul_pics
Twitter: @suppaulclark
Website: www.suppaul.com/

Paul Teasdale
Hometown Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I was first Introduced to SUP by Bertrand Van Der Berg at a Kayaking festival in Read More
Paul Teasdale

Hometown
Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I was first Introduced to SUP by Bertrand Van Der Berg at a Kayaking festival in South Africa. I thought it looked pretty ridiculous and decided to give the whitewater SUP race a go as a joke….needless to say I didn’t do very well. About a year and a half later I attended another kayaking festival in South Africa and this time I couldnt kayak becasue of injury so I decided again to enter the SUP race as a joke. Again….failed dismally.

3 months later somehow I found myself doing the First Descent of the Zambezi Rapids on a SUP…not sure how it happened but it was there that something snapped and I fell in love with it. Seeing my home river with new eyes and a completely different perspective.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
Zambezi River

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
Hala Atcha

My next dream paddling adventure is…
I would like to take my SUP around South Africa and the White Nile

What I do when I am not paddling?
Climb, Paraglide, Teach Survival Courses, Reptile Conservation and relocation…..this list is way too long and best seen on my website

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paulteasdalezim
Instagram: @RAWTeasdale
Twitter: @RAWTeasdale
Website: www.paul-teasdale.com

Philip Claassens
Hometown: Parys, South Africa Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I love any paddle sport and SUPping was an easy one to add. I discovered whitewater Read More
Philip Claassens

Hometown: Parys, South Africa

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…

I love any paddle sport and SUPping was an easy one to add. I discovered whitewater SUPping when I tried a river board left behind by an international paddler a few years back. Then about 2 years ago, I bought a whitewater board and started to run the local stretch.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…

I love surfing and paddling whitewater the most, but I enjoy paddling rivers through to surf!

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …

Currently, I am paddling a Hala Atcha. The board just makes whitewater easier. From the rocker to the narrow nose to allow for easy switching. Looking forward to getting my hands on a Hala Peño!

My next dream paddling adventure is…

South America is also good, but at the moment there is so much potential in Africa for whitewater SUPping that I am spoilt for choice. Madagascar is currently top of the Africa hit list.

What I do when I am not paddling?

Full-time Civil and Environmental Engineer, but most of my time revolves around family and paddling. This includes paddling with the family!

Social Media:
Facebook: philip.claassens
Instagram: @kayaksa & @sup_southafrica

Siri Schubert
Hometown Aesch, Switzerland Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I love being out on the water and challenging myself – I also love the fact that Read More
Siri Schubert

Hometown Aesch, Switzerland

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I love being out on the water and challenging myself – I also love the fact that the water is always different and there is so much to learn and to experience. I love the community and the possibility to travel to new places and make new friends.

I paddled flatwater racing kayaks growing up in Europe and started surfski paddling several years ago in California. A friend introduced me to SUP in Switzerland and I was hooked. Pretty soon I started racing and have since participated in open ocean/downwind races in Hawaii (M2O) and California, long-distance races (11-City Tour) in the Netherlands and river races (Wintercup) in Switzerland. I am excited to continue to paddle on different bodies of water and in different conditions – on lakes, rivers and the ocean.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
…is Lake Hallwil in Switzerland. We live only 5 minutes away from the lake so it is perfect for a quick paddle in the morning or during the day. The river Reuss in Switzerland is also one of my favorite places, especially when the water level is high enough to form a wave. I love paddling on the ocean, too, especially traveling to Maui und paddling the Maliko run and the Molokai2Oahu crossing.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …I really enjoy river surfing and am excited about the Hala Peno. I also can’t wait to take the Atcha 86 out on some rivers in Switzerland.

My next dream paddling adventure is… Scotland where I’d love to explore the rivers, lakes and the ocean.

What I do when I am not paddling? I work as a writer and enjoy writing about science/technology/fitness and health. I love traveling, exploring new places, being outside, taking photos, meeting friends and sharing my passion for watersports.

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/siri.schubert
Instagram: speedlemo
Twitter:
Website:

Steve Haumschild
Hometown: Kailua, Hawaii Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… In the mid-2000s I worked into to owning one of the largest watersports guiding companies in the Read More
Steve Haumschild

Hometown: Kailua, Hawaii

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…

In the mid-2000s I worked into to owning one of the largest watersports guiding companies in the in Kailua, Hawaii. We guided kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, snorkeling and virtually any watersports that came about. When the re-emergence of SUP began in Hawaii in the early 2000, we jumped on the chance and purchased a few. There were no training manuals out there, so I drafted the first ones and started taking trips out. On my personal time as an avid water lover, I started to take them out into the waves. I loved it and was hooked. From that point on, much of my water focus was on SUP on the ocean.

However, over a dozen years before that, I was a professional guide as a college job on the weekends. I initially started in rock climbing/mountaineering, and eventually transitioned over to whitewater rafting and kayaking on the famous Gauley and New Rivers (where to this day I still ”moonlight” guide and kayak). Oddly, despite being a river runner and Ocean SUP, I didn’t cross over onto rivers until 2016 when I started running class 3-4. While the majority of my days per year are on the ocean, I look forward to a few multi-days each year on the river. Really, just give me a board and a body of water and ill have fun.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…

I have an addiction to all forms of water. Waves are where I usually go, rivers are where my roots are, but the frozen stuff is also great, I love being in the mountains too. Most of my days are spent in the waves of Oahu, Hawaii.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …

My go to is the Hala Nass 12’6 . Its perfect for a single board in a quiver and can easily manage small surf, snorkeling, taking out friends and kids, travel expeditions, rivers and also great for beginners. Its great for cruiser days too.

My next dream paddling adventure is…

I always look forward to the Middle Fork of the Salmon but have a few remote multi day downwinders planned in Hawaii for 2017.

What I do when I am not paddling?

I am a serial entrepreneur and guide globally. Currently I am the Co-Founder/Brewmaster at Lanikai Brewing Company where we create Island Inspired® authentic Hawaiian Craft Beer on the day to day, Founder of Strategic Consulting where I advise new and existing business in a variety of disciplines like renewable energy, manufacturing, design, etc, and finally also get about 60 days/year guiding a mix of mountains, rivers, and oceans. My wife and I get outside and hit the beach whenever we can!

Social Media:
Facebook: Lanikaisteve
Instagram: @lanikaisteve

Trinity Wall
Hometown Born in Bethel Maine Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…I was introduced to SUP by Matt Buckley who is my partner in everything shred worthy. Read More
Trinity Wall

Hometown Born in Bethel Maine

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…I was introduced to SUP by Matt Buckley who is my partner in everything shred worthy. We fell in love while on a fall SUP adventure road trip through Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…River’s and Nottingham Lake teaching SUP Yoga.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? … This year is going to be amazing so I will be on the Atcha 86 Stomp Box, Straight Up, Hala Radito Stomp Box, and the Peno for surfing!!! My go to River and Yoga Board is the Atcha 86.

My next dream paddling adventure is…Maui. I would love to train with some of the greats and surf until I can’t stand!

What I do when I am not paddling? I ski tour, photography, teach yoga at Dogma studio and sell art.

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trinity.a.wall
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trinwa/

Ashley Bean
Hometown: Carbondale, CO Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I found SUP on my first river trip, when I hopped on to “try” one and pretty Read More
Ashley Bean

Hometown: Carbondale, CO
Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…

I found SUP on my first river trip, when I hopped on to “try” one and pretty much wouldn’t give it back to its rightful owner for the rest of the trip. It felt a bit like skiing—linear, fast, cold, and exhilarating. SUP is so liberating—you can check out side channels, pull over at tiny beaches, go take a closer look at that crazy rock—without any issues. Also, the truth about me is, I love being fit, but I hate going to the gym. Paddleboarding gets me working out, which I need to do to all summer stay conditioned for my winter job.

 

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…

You’re most likely to find me on the Roaring Fork River or the Colorado River.

 

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite?…

I ride a lot of Hala boards! The Playa, the Atcha 86, the Atcha, the Straight Up, and the Peno.

 

My next dream paddling adventure is…

My dream paddling adventure? Takes place on a beautiful and unthreatened river. Beautiful weather abounds, and there are no forgotten items, no fire bans, no injuries, no bad swims, no worries.

 

What I do when I am not paddling?

When I am not paddling I am ski patrolling at Aspen Snowmass.

 

Social Media:
Facebook: Ashley Bean
Instagram: @down_river_bean

Matt Paula
Hometown: St Augustine Fl Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… Great fun with family and friends. I discovered it out Nantucket about 10 years ago. Then Read More
Matt Paula

Hometown: St Augustine Fl

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…

Great fun with family and friends. I discovered it out Nantucket about 10 years ago. Then I found out you can do it on the river and that was awesome.

 

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…

The Colorado River on this is Shoshone section and Arkansas river

 

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …

Atcha is my favorite board for White Water. Surfing in the ocean the playa  is my favorite board.

 

My next dream paddling adventure is…

What I do when I am not paddling? Surf, snowboard, raft

 

Social Media:

Facebook: mattpaula@facebook

Instagram: mattpaula

Rob Prechtl
Hometown: Fredonia, NY   Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I found out about SUP at a local whitewater town series in Vail.  I decided to Read More
Rob Prechtl

Hometown: Fredonia, NY

 

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…

I found out about SUP at a local whitewater town series in Vail.  I decided to give it a try and became hooked when I fell off the board and into the Water.

 

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…

You can find me paddling in my backyard on Gore Creek.

 

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …

This year I will be paddling the Straight Up and Hala Atcha.

 

My next dream paddling adventure is…

If I had the opportunity, my next paddle adventure would be to paddle the Erie Canal.

 

What I do when I am not paddling?

When I am not paddling you can find me consuming YERBA. P.S. I shoot photo and video…so find me.

 

Social Media:

Facebook: Robert Prechtl

Instagram: @alltoothbob

Sam Mauldin
Hometown: San Antonio, TX / Masatepe, Nicaragua I discovered SUP while searching for a lightweight vessel to make a 100 mile trip down a local river. That expedition sparked an Read More
Sam Mauldin

Hometown: San Antonio, TX / Masatepe, Nicaragua

I discovered SUP while searching for a lightweight vessel to make a 100 mile trip down a local river. That expedition sparked an obession with self supported SUP trips in remote areas as well as the allure of doing something no one else has ever done. Since then I have a few notable first descents under my belt including

– First SUP descent of the Guadalupe River to the Gulf of Mexico (110 miles)

#TX100MileStand threw us a curve ball on the first night when it flash flooded and rose 25ft almost taking out our camp while we slept in our hammocks. We also had to fight through thousands of yards of unpassable log jams, swarms of mosquitos and 30mph cross winds while crossing the bay.

-First SUP descent of the Rio Grande through Big Bend NP (100 miles)
This trip was the opposite of our first when we found ourselves in the middle of a 9 year long drought and found no water in the river. Between dragging our fully loaded boards over boulders for approx 20 miles of the 100, braving the 100° days and 30° nights we soldiered on to complete our goal after 7 days on the water.

-#StandOnTheRioGrande was also nominated for Expedition of the year at the SUP Awards.

 

You can most likely find me paddling anywhere on the 250 miles stretch of the Guadalupe River through Texas at anytime of the year

I ride the Hoss, Straight up and Nass. I Prefer the Hoss because of its stability and the variety of disciplines you can use it for, be it Expeditions, Fishing (spear or rod and reel) whitewater or just a day on the water with the family.

My next big adventure will be paddling completely self-supported down 150 miles through the remote jungles of Nicaragua to document the river for the first time as well as to find the needs of the indigenous Miskito people of the area.

When not paddling, you can usually find me on a rock face somewhere in the world sport climbing or even big wall. The rest of the time I love to Backpack, Travel, Kiteboard, Spear fish, Scuba dive or Surf all throughout Nicaragua, Mexico or the US
Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saadventuresports
https://www.facebook.com/sam.mauldin.75
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saadventuresports/

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