Maria Schultz / Sup With Pup

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA

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 in Central 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 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:
Instagram: @sup_with_pup


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