Hometown: Kailua, Hawaii
Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
In the mid-2000s I worked into to owning one of the largest watersports guiding companies in the in Kailua, Hawaii. We guided kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, snorkeling and virtually any watersports that came about. When the re-emergence of SUP began in Hawaii in the early 2000, we jumped on the chance and purchased a few. There were no training manuals out there, so I drafted the first ones and started taking trips out. On my personal time as an avid water lover, I started to take them out into the waves. I loved it and was hooked. From that point on, much of my water focus was on SUP on the ocean.
However, over a dozen years before that, I was a professional guide as a college job on the weekends. I initially started in rock climbing/mountaineering, and eventually transitioned over to whitewater rafting and kayaking on the famous Gauley and New Rivers (where to this day I still ”moonlight” guide and kayak). Oddly, despite being a river runner and Ocean SUP, I didn’t cross over onto rivers until 2016 when I started running class 3-4. While the majority of my days per year are on the ocean, I look forward to a few multi-days each year on the river. Really, just give me a board and a body of water and ill have fun.
The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
I have an addiction to all forms of water. Waves are where I usually go, rivers are where my roots are, but the frozen stuff is also great, I love being in the mountains too. Most of my days are spent in the waves of Oahu, Hawaii.
Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
My go to is the Hala Nass 12’6 . Its perfect for a single board in a quiver and can easily manage small surf, snorkeling, taking out friends and kids, travel expeditions, rivers and also great for beginners. Its great for cruiser days too.
My next dream paddling adventure is…
I always look forward to the Middle Fork of the Salmon but have a few remote multi day downwinders planned in Hawaii for 2017.
What I do when I am not paddling?
I am a serial entrepreneur and guide globally. Currently I am the Co-Founder/Brewmaster at Lanikai Brewing Company where we create Island Inspired® authentic Hawaiian Craft Beer on the day to day, Founder of Strategic Consulting where I advise new and existing business in a variety of disciplines like renewable energy, manufacturing, design, etc, and finally also get about 60 days/year guiding a mix of mountains, rivers, and oceans. My wife and I get outside and hit the beach whenever we can!