Name Jacky Dustin
Hometown Nashville, TN
Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it:
I love SUP because I’m at my best surrounded by nature, on the water, and being active. Paddling really became a lifestyle for me because of how versitle the adventures can be. Whether it’s an intense workout against a current, a fun group activity out with friends, or just a “zen“ moment in nature, the paddler can make it what they want it to be.
I discovered SUP from Nashville Paddle Co. Owner (and dear friend) Margaret Littman. When we both found ourselves transplated from Chicago to Nashville, she told me I had to try this SUP thing she’d discovered while writing an article on paddle boards. She had a feeling I would fall in love with it as fast as she did, and she was dead on. This “new“ sport was the perfect remedy for us yankees to stay active while survivng the hot Tennessee summers. We liked it so much, we decided Nashville needed a paddle company so other Southerners could get a taste. Five years later, and I’m teaching hundreds of people each season how anyone can safely enjoy some SUP time on the water in Music City.
The body of water you’ll most likely find me on… is Percy Priest Lake, or the Cumberland River.
Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? … Hala Playa and Hala Straight Up are my two faves from 2016. I love the Playa solo, but appreciate the sturdiness of the Straight Up with my 65-pound dog, LeRoy. I’m looking forward to finding my new favorites from the 2017 line as soon as our weather permits.
My next dream paddling adventure is… Glacier National Park, hands down. I can’t even look at photos of those gorgeous lakes without imagining the views from a board. I have a feeling that trip is eventually going to make it to the very top of my list (of favorite paddles ever) which includes Orcas Island, Barcelona, and Chile.
What I do when I am not paddling? I’m a musician, so I’m either writing songs, recording vocals, or on stage rockin’ out. Catch my new album “Howla” due out in February, on iTunes or at jackydustin.com.