Andy O’Brien

Hometown: Born Grand Rapids, MI. Currently live in Salida, 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. 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 you and have a rad time.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on: The Arkansas River its right outside my front door!

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? The Atcha 96, the Atcha 86, and the Playa. These all fit my style, but if I only had one board, it would be the Atcha 96. 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


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