My life mantra is “be well, explore, live fun” where I spend my time creating, practicing & teaching activities involving movement, breath & present moment awareness, like yoga & stand up paddleboarding. I enjoy studying a variety of fitness modalities, which led to the creation of Bala Tula (SUP yoga fusion). I specialize in Body Dialogue yoga, with a focus on alignment, core-stabilization & energy direction, using these principles as a platform to instruct SUP technique & SUP yoga through my company Wave of Wellness. I also founded & direct paddle races, like the Annual Lake Mary Jane Paddle Race, Stand Up for Charity, & weekly Paddle Race Tuesdays. I have a passion for travel & instruct national & international SUP Yoga & Bala Tula classes, as well as lead international paddleboarding & yoga expeditions in beautiful destinations. I am happiest when I’m outdoors & on the water with my friends & family. In my free time I race SUPs, surf, skateboard, marvel at nature, & rock out at concerts.
Grew up in San Diego, spent 4 years of my childhood in Sydney, Australia. I am a full time college student and constantly hunting barrels and good waves with friends.
Student/Oakley Intelligent Agent
Solana Beach, CA
Since I can remember I have been in contact with the ocean. My Father was a water ski world champion when he was 7 years old. He was the first boy to ski bear footed. My first contact with surfing was when I was 7 years old. My grandparents lived in San Miguel in Baja. That same year went to YMCA summer camp at Imperial Beach, California. When I was 17 I went to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca for the first time in my life and became part of the first team of organized lifeguards in Mexico. I was one of the founders of Mexico ́s lifeguard association.
I discovered SUP in 2008. I have been paddling mainly in Acapulco and Zihuatanejo and traveling to Puerto Escondido as much as I can. I like all kind of waves but mostly big waves and barrels. I like to combine Stand Up Paddle and spearfishing in a surf trip. My equipment can almost always guaranty a fresh catch. My favorite boards are Infinity TL 7’11, Raven Inflatable 12’6 for fishing, B-Ray and Shubu for cruising with my kids.
Patti is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of H2O Trash Patrol. She is a marine biologist, environmental conservationist, and a mother of three. She has taught environmental education at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA as well as worked on an ocean geology research team at the University of California Santa Barbara. Now her passion is helping clean waterways as well as speak at events and schools, raising awareness of the challenges facing our oceans.
Lorenzo is the co-founder and Assistant Director of H2O Trash Patrol. He is an avid lifelong surfer, environmental conservationist, and a father of three. His passion for the ocean and his many years of managing people make him an excellent volunteer coordinator, outdoor education instructor and standup paddleboard instructor. He is also bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish.
I have been an outdoor and sports enthusiast all my life. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to be able to combine my love for an active healthy life into a career that supports those values when I opened my company, Flow Stand Up Paddle. I now get to share my love of SUP with people from all over northern California. My drive to share stand up paddling with our community lives on the faces of the first time paddler, the inner city kid experiencing the outdoors and the previously inactive person using paddling as a way to get healthy. It’s in growing the SUP community and helping others achieve their best that fuels me and I feel blessed to be able to do so every day.
Living in Sacramento provides access to some of the most beautiful places to paddle in the world including Lake Tahoe and San Francisco. That is where you will find me most; taking my training to the water to compete in every race I can enter in the area. I’ve found that living a life inspired to be my best motivates others to be their best and that is never more evident than at a stand up paddle race.
My other passion is traveling so of course I have combined that with my love of stand up. Through Flow, and in collaboration with Boardworks, I currently lead stand up paddle based vacations to Bocas Del Toro Panama, Roatan Honduras and St Martin. In 2017 we will also be offering trips to Thailand, Maui and Portugal.
I hope to meet you. I hope share a wave with you. I hope to see you at the finish line.
My life revolves around the ocean, from work to play, you can always find me on or in the water. We are over 55% water, how could we not be drawn back to it. I started Paddleboarding about 3 years ago. I was fishing off a surfboard in San Diego Bay and realized how much better it would be to be standing up on a SUP. Started SUP fishing, that lead to paddlesurfing and I began racing last year. Being part of the paddle community is a great thing; I haven’t met a nicer bunch of people. I cant wait to see where my board brings me next.
I have begun spearfishing more and more from my SUP. The advantages and rewards from this new adventure have been very rewarding. I have one world record spearfishing with a polespear and a few more currently pending approval. Eat what you catch and Catch what you eat……Respect the ocean and she will take care of you.
For living in a land locked state, I spend a lot of time seeking out the water. I developed my love for the water through sailing, surfing, stand up paddling and travel. Originally from Annapolis MD, I moved to Colorado with the intention of staying for a winter season but I fell in love with the rivers, mountains and yoga community. In addition to Racing and teaching SUP, I teach yoga teacher trainings for Kindness Yoga, Denver’s top yoga studio and SUP yoga teacher trainings through my company Breathe on Board SUP. When I am not on the water I am enjoying all of the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer! I’m excited to be a part of the Boardworks Team and to share my love of SUP with the world!
Standup Paddling has been a natural progression for me. I have a background in skateboarding, snowboarding, and kayaking. This combination, and my location on the New and Gauley Rivers in West Virginia, has led me to specialize in river SUP surf and river short boarding. I am blessed to have the New River Dries down the road from my house which are some of the biggest surfable river waves in the country. My goal is to continue to push the limits of these waves and big wave river surfing. I enjoy hosting other paddlers who come to town to surf these waves.
As the saying goes “variety is the spice of life”, and I enjoy challenging myself to take on all aspects of surfing to include ocean long boarding, ocean SUP surfing, river short boarding, and river SUP surf to name a few. Boardworks offers a full range of boards for these uses so it was the obvious decision to take full advantage of all the variety.
I have been a professional adventurer for a few decades and am known as the world’s leading polar guide and have been featured in numerous ski films. I have skied to both North and South Poles more than anyone on the planet. I have fallen in love with Stand UP Paddling and demand the best products and gear on the planet.
I am an endurance athlete and fell in love with stand up several years ago and paddled around Lake Tahoe (76 miles). I am an adventurer and have paddled further north (Spitsbergen 79N) than anyone on the planet and have paddled further south than anyone on the planet (Antarctica 64S). I SUP the equator in the Brazilian Amazon.
Starred in Animal Planet’s #1 show called ICE COLD GOLD. The show was filmed in Greenland and was able to SUP my BOARDWORKS Inflatable Raven to help me find gold during several episodes. I also hold the speed record for circumnavigating Lake Tahoe (76 miles) in 16 hours 43 min.
I first tried and fell in love with Stand Up Paddling in one of the best settings anyone could ask for, La Jolla, San Diego. I quickly purchased my first board and paddle upon returning home to the Washington, D.C. area (An MCIT!). In my search for paddling locations I happened upon the Old Anglers put in. From there I ventured farther up river and paddled the stretch of rapids known to locals as The Mather Gorge and soon came to realize that whitewater SUPing was my favorite discipline of the sport. I compete in flat water and whitewater races in addition to being an avid river and ocean surfer. Always grateful for the happiness and stoke SUPing has brought to my life I believe it to be my mission to get as many hooked on the sport as I can by sharing my stoke, experiences and knowledge any time I can. I am an ACA L3 SUP Instructor and can find me teaching almost every weekend!
Corporate Sales Manager/Trainer
San Jose, CR
I’m originally from Virginia. I spend most my time paddling, skating, or just hanging out with good friends. These days I stay pretty busy traveling around the U.S. and abroad paddling and teaching/guiding.
I got after it as a kid tearing around on my skateboard throughout Virginia and eventually fell into kayaking. From kayaking I found stand up paddleboarding and it felt like a combination of two of my favorite things. Now I just get out and paddle every chance I get and try to share my stoke with others.
Josh Gordon is a Great Lakes surfer from Ontario Canada. His fascination with boardsports started at an early age. He was an accomplished skateboarder by age 16 and was heavily involved in the Ontario snowboarding scene. Although he grew up on the shores of the Great Lakes he had no idea there was a small and unique group of dedicated lake surfers. After seeing a photo on the internet in 2006 he immediately bought a surfboard and his life was forever changed from that moment on. Josh tried SUP surfing for the first time in 2009 and a new obsession was born. With temperatures often dipping below 0 degrees, 6mm suits with 7mm boots/gloves are mandatory for Great Lake surfers. Waves on the Lakes have known to reach heights of over 20ft during storms and can provide sizable waves that look just like the ocean; it’s those days that Josh and his crew of lake surfers live for. To beat the Canadian winter blues he often takes trips to warmer climates. Josh represented his home country of Canada at the 2014 ISA World SUP games in Nicaragua as well as competed in the ESA SUP division on the East Coast. Most recently he placed first in SUP Surfing at the 2014 West Shore Huron Classic.
The reason I am in love with paddling is continually evolving from the adrenaline, peace, fitness, adventure, and water addiction. Right now it’s just being on the water and learning new ways to experience water. My paddling is all over the map of with all aspects of river and ocean stand up paddling. I would rather be a jack of all in the water than a master of none. The only time that I feel truly comfortable and calm is when I am in the water.
I have over 15 years of mostly river experience and now I am taking to the ocean side of SUP. I have been competing for 7 years. I enjoy competing because it pushes me to perform my best under pressure and keeps me motivated to train all year. It also makes me set goals for myself on what I want to accomplish. I am also a WPA Level 1 SUP Instructor and SUP Pilates Instructor.
Professional Nomadic Athlete and Boardworks Surf Secretary
Fitness Program Coordinator, Earth Treks Climbing
Ryan was born in Carlsbad, CA. Always attracted to sports and competition, he was introduced to stand up paddle boarding (SUP) in 2011 when he attended the Battle of the Paddle as a guest of Maui Jim. After a day of watching this competition, he was convinced that SUP was a sport for him. Ryan now regularly competes in SUP racing and surfing events.
At two years old Ryan, now 16, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a chronic disease of the autoimmune system where the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin. Since his diagnosis, Ryan has had to monitor his blood glucose continuously and inject insulin multiple times every day to control his disease. From an early age, Ryan turned this challenge into opportunity. Through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Ryan became a mentor to newly diagnosed kids in his hometown. In 2009, Ryan was selected to be a delegate for Children’s Congress. He and his fellow delegates were guests of the President at the White House where they lobbied the President, Congressmen and Senators to dedicate more resources to finding a cure for diabetes. Ryan continues to advocate by holding events and speaking to children’s camps and corporate gatherings. In addition to SUP and surfing, Ryan is an avid skateboarder and competes on his high school track team. Ryan has completed four half marathons and over 20 triathlons.
I started getting into SUP a few years ago while on a kayaking trip in Colorado. Basically, we had really low water in CO so I was a bit bored in my kayak. For me the best thing about SUP is it’s never really low water season. I always have a option to get on the water now. Class 2-3 in a kayak has become class 5 to me on a Stand Up Board! I love the new challenge!
I grew up in Clarion, Pennsylvania. Everything outdoors was what my family was all about an still are. I fell in love with kayaking right near the end of high school. I did four and a half years of college, hit the road and never looked back.
Avid whitewater kayaker and play boater for 13+ years. Has a passion for adventure SUP, whitewater SUP and river surf. Snowboarding for 28+ years. No Coast SUP team rider. I got into SUP around 7 years ago. Saw someone in a magazine on one and thought “Dang now that’s cool!” Since there was no place within states of me to try/buy one I built one myself. An 11’4”. Laid up the foam, shaped and glassed it. Still have and paddle it to this day! My goal as an ambassador for Boardworks is to put as many feet on BW products I can and assist them in making an educated buying decision. Through this I can share my passion for all things water and help people find the energy that only water sports can provide. I live water!
Fire Fighter-Paramedic WFR, Whitewater Park Research Consultant, Brewer/Owner Guerrilla Brewing Company
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. I grew up surfing epic waves, at amazing spots like J-Bay, New Pier, Bay of Plenty, Green Point and Cave Rock. I competed for a bit before heading to the USA. I now call Carlsbad home and am stoked to be here! I’m always amped for some fun waves, good surf and ripping with friends. I consider myself a waterman and all round athletic guy. I also cycle, play soccer and fish, but nothing beats surfing. I always feel better after I surf and PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) always makes the surf that much better!!
Key Account Manager
Durban, South Africa