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.

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