Blessed Ndlovu Maratuza

Hometown: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…

One day, April, a friend of mine had to travel to Poland to see family and she left her SUP board with me for storage. I had never been on one before, so one day I decided to take it on the Rogue River just to see what the ”SUP fuss” was all about. I came back home with bruised shins, bruised knees and a bruised ego, I tipped out even on class one rapids. I had to go back again to redeem myself, and again, and again…until I got really good at whitewater SUPing. Why do I love it so much..? Well, if you know what you are doing, you can take it pretty much anywhere, even on lakes.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…

Once in a while I’d take my SUP on a lake, especially for endurance training. However, I’m more into whitewater paddling, I feel like there’s still much more to learn and discover. Class I – III, I’d mos def do it. Class IV – V, I’m a little selective. I prefer high volume river when it comes to Class IV – V, I’d totally do a Class V rapid on the Mighty Zambezi, than a technical, rocky class IV river.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …

I recently moved from NRS to Hala, (personal preference) I have ridden a lot of non-Hala boards, and a couple of Hala ones, and to me the Hala Atcha is the best. For me the Atcha is the most All-rounder. It performs really well on big rapids, it plays really well and it has enough room to carry gear.

My next dream paddling adventure is…

Well, since I’m still new at this, for me SUPing the Mighty Zambezi will be a dream. I have rafted that river for more than 10 years straight, but haven’t had the chance to SUP it. I have always wanted to run the Futa, SUPing it will be awesome too. And of course I’m curious about Patagonia…

What I do when I am not paddling?

I am currently at school. Chemical Engineering at Oregon State. So, yep, that’s what takes most of my time. Otherwise, I do art, I draw, paint and make crafts. I do rock-climbing, mostly indoors. And I practice martial arts, not for sport, just to tame my inner beast.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marathuza

Instagram: @maratuza

Twitter: @bmaratuza

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