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

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