Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
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 versatile 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 transplanted 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 surviving the hot Tennessee summers. We liked it so much, we decided Nashville needed a paddle company so other Southerners could get a taste. Six 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 us on… Percy Priest Lake or the Cumberland River with NPC. However, each year I make it a point to travel with my inflatable on an awesome paddle adventure. Favorite trips thus far include Orcas Island, Barcelona, Patagonia, and Dubai.
Which boards I’m riding?… I’m currently riding the Carbon Straight Up, and absolutely loving it. My dog loves its stability, and I’m hoping my baby will too, as soon as she’s able to SUP.
Next dream paddling adventure… 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.
What do I do when I’m not paddling? I’m a musician and a new mom, so when I’m not paddling I’m either taking care of my little girl Happy, or writing songs, recording vocals, and rocking out on stage. Listen to my latest album “Howla” on iTunes/Spotify or at jackydustin.com.