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.
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