I have been an athlete in the paddling industry for over 10 years. The past 4 years of my life have been dedicated to SUP after falling in love with the sport on the rivers of Colorado. My goal is to be the most well rounded athlete and have the most fun while working in this industry. I started working with Boardworks Surf back in 2011 as a whitewater athlete and with their help I have been able to branch out into every different corner of the sport. It’s great to be part of a sport that brings so much joy to peoples lives and it’s so easy for a huge population of people. Its been amazing to be part of the growth of the sport and see the bright future for years to come!
I first set foot on a SUP in the Arkansas River with Mike and Zack of the Badfish SUP crew. I started surfing river waves in Salida Colorado that Mike Harvey of Badfish Built for surfing and was hooked. I quickly expanded my paddling to oceans, flatwater, surfing, and whitewater, as I was already travelling to amazing paddling locations for whitewater kayaking. Pretty soon, kayaking took a back seat and I never looked back!
I have been living in an RV on the road for about 5 years now. I have been travelling with by best bud Shredder to paddling destinations all over the country for events, demos, and paddling. In the past 2 years alone, I have attended over 50 events and have shared the sport with hundreds possibly thousands of people!
Norm lives in the coastal mountain town of Squamish British Columbia. He spends most of his time on the ocean paddle surfing Tofino and running sup expeditions to the Great Bear Rainforest. He is active in helping to protect and bring awareness to the Great Bear Rainforest through his Standup4Greatbear Society, Stand film project and speaking engagements.
When I first set foot on a paddleboard in 2006 I was hooked! Since then I became a WPA level 2 instructor and my wife and I started a local ‘mom and pop’ paddleboard company, Walkin’ on Water Paddleboards, providing Eco-tours and lessons. With touring and expedition paddling becoming a growing side of the sport I am looking to expand it with a combination of Adventure and waterway awareness. Through my website (www.grayoutdoors.com) you will be able to find all my social media sites and explore with me on my adventures. There will be gear reviews and projects that I am working on like Fight to SOAR (Save Our American Rivers) were you can learn more about what I’m up to and how to help out!
I grew up on a cattle farm in North Florida. When I was 12 I started rodeoing and turned pro at 17. I spent the next 10 years of my life traveling from rodeo to rodeo exploring the US. After guiding hunters in Northern Nevada and coming to an end with rodeoing, I decided to move back home and rediscover my roots along the Gulf Coast and inland waterways.
Firefighter/EMT and SUP Athlete
I love the water. I grew up with a pond, spent my whole childhood at the local pool, was on the swim/waterpolo/dive team in high school, and then went straight to being a river guide and haven’t looked back since. I have a passion for guiding and training, and love instructing in the outdoors for the benefits of fitness, exercise, adventure, and exploration. In Stand Up Paddling, I strive to strengthen the sport and use it as a tool to help motivate and empower those around me towards living a better life, both on and off the water.
I’ve been a riverguide in the Southwest area since 2005, and in 2009 I started to see Paddleboards on the river. I wanted to be on a sup more than I did in my boat, so I decided to get certified through the ACA and start guiding sup trips down the Colorado River in Moab, Utah. I loved it so much, that in 2014, I decided to train and try my best at competing at the western river races. I had a great first year, and can’t wait to go back and charge it again!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Professional Nomadic Athlete and Boardworks Surf Secretary
Cyril specializes in flatwater and open ocean racing, having lead racing in his hometown regions of the Pacific Northwest (2012-13) and Quebec/Maine (2014). Since picking up SUP in 2010, he has been balancing athletic passion and training with a demanding job in renewable energy and a young family. The 2014 Payette River Games were Cyril’s intro to whitewater SUP and he has since jumped fully into this discipline, also competing at the Ottawa Ultimate SUP Challenge and river surfing Montreal’s Habitat 67 religiously.
Cyril was introduced to SUP in 2010 while living near the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, and participating with it’s local surf shop, Gorge Performance, and their race series.
Sales Business Development Manager at Vestas Wind Systems
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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.
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.
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.
I first got into SUP in 2007, on a snowy June day (hey it is Montana!) I grew up in the mid-west around the great lakes, sailing, paddling, playing and exploring. With a sea kayak background and an urge to surf, so when I discovered stand up the combo of parts made SUP an instant love.
Since that time I have found myself traveling around the country to paddle in all kinds of places… big open water, downwinding, whitewater, surfing, racing, multi-day trips… Stand Up has provided so many opportunities and opened up a whole new vision of all kinds of paddle options! Living in the PNW the paddling opportunities are endless, and the scenery is unreal.
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!
Since I could stand, I’ve been involved with athletic and team sports. After a deployment to Iraq, I moved to Colorado and became a raft guide and my love with the rivers was born. After a few years of kayaking, I was introduced to SUP by surfing river waves and I haven’t looked back. My SUP travels have taken me all over Baja, up and down the California coast, Moab, Jackson Hole, Durango, Crested Butte, and so many other amazing places! I’ve been an ambassador to Badfish SUP and Boardworks SUP in these travels, developed the first flatwater SUP race in Colorado “Bragging Rights,” and am currently launching a SUP instruction, Veteran Program, and SUP Event Production Company called Progressive Stance in 2015. I’m beyond stoked to have the support of Boardworks and Badfish as I progress the sport in Colorado!
Owner of Progressive Stance, Vice President of The Golden Games, Fire and Paramedic Student
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 was born and raised in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and my main priority has always been getting outside and having fun. You can usually find me stand up paddling, but when the seasons change I live for snowboarding and powder days. Otherwise, I like to have a good laugh with friends, play guitar, and eat delicious food.
I got into SUP on the Upper Colorado River in the spring of 2011, the river was running at a record high, I paddled a lot, swam a lot, and never looked back. I appreciate the dynamics of this sport, I can paddle for a week straight and be in a different body of water, using a different board, with a different discipline each day. Over the past 4 years I have lived in Hawai’i, California, and Louisiana, paddling avidly in each place.
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.
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 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.
I started paddling in the early 90’s in multiple flat water disciplines. When I started paddling outrigger, I became addicted to paddling in the ocean and waves. I was introduced to SUP in 2011 and loved it, it’s all I paddle now! SUP also got me into surfing…I can’t get enough. I love this sport!!!
I picked up SUP in 2011 after moved to Portland OR as a way to explore the countless rivers found around Portland. I became a paddle junkie very quickly and found myself paddling 4 to 5 days a week throughout the year, rain or shine. Oregon provides so many paddling disciples so it is easy to stay stoked year round. I split my time between scenic flatwater, downwinding in the gorge, surfing at the coast or running whitewater in the countless rivers nearby. I love them all. I also really enjoy being part of the racing scene and the overall paddle community that has evolved here in the PNW. It is exciting to be part of something that is growing so rapidly and is full of so many awesome people.
I have an amazing wife and two sweet kids, and I’ve got the best job (I take college students on outdoor adventures). I got into SUP on my local river, the Spokane, where I do the majority of my paddling, so I’m comfy in whitewater… and out of my element in the ocean. The surfing is pretty good here when it’s in, which is often, but you’ve gotta embrace the cold; stoke and a good drysuit will keep you surfing here year-round.
Outdoor Program Director, Eastern Washington University
Jonah has been a clown for Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas and performed his own show on Broadway and around the world. In between, he’s been a pyrotechnician, stuntman, rigger, theatre designer, rock and ice climbing instructor, river guide, and most recently a father. He stopped touring and started up a family with his lovely and talented aerialist wife, Sabrina, daughter (circus artist in training) Rosie and little giant Waylon.
Using a Boardworks Raven, Jonah made the first SUP crossing of Lake Erie (70km) unsupported with friend Tom Comet and paddled 215km down the Grand River in under 24 hrs to raise money for Camp Trillium (a summer camp for kids with Cancer). He is also one of the few to have completed the grueling 130km Muskoka River X (the longest single day expedition paddling race in the world) standing up.
Wilderness and River SUP guide and instructor with North Shore Paddlesurf and South Coast Watersports. Circus performer/rigger
Scotland, Ontario, Canada
Maria Christina Schultz, is an outdoor enthusiast, ACA-certified stand up paddleboard instructor, artist, photographer, and dog trainer. Working full time as an art director, Maria also has a master’s degree in education and experience working alongside marine mammal trainers. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Maria is now based in central Virginia, where she lives with her husband and two Australian shepherds, Riley and Kona. The first day Maria ever got on a stand up paddleboard Riley was with her – they learned the sport together. That summer they attracted lots of attention and curiosity from people who wanted to learn to paddle with their own dogs. But with few resources available on training and guidance, Maria took matters into her own hands. She combined her passions for graphic design, photography and paddling to create How to SUP With Your PUP, a guide that helps others learn to paddle safely with their best friends. Maria also teaches SUP PUP classes with Black Dog Paddle in Richmond, Virginia, and other cities along the East Coast. When she’s not out paddling with her dogs, Maria also enjoys whitewater SUP, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, skiing, and finding new ways to wear herself – and her dogs – out.
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 first got hooked on SUP after I did a race at the National Freestyle Championships at Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade, ID. I was hooked immediately! I love the sport because it is very challenging in rivers to keep your balance so it adds to all my river capabilities….and it is VERY fun!
I am also a type 1 diabetic since the age of 3, diagnosed with celiac disease at 8 and thyroid disease at 11=classic triple threat in autoimmune diseases!
2011 Sport’s Illustrated Kid’s top 10 Sports-kid’s of the year, 2011 and 2012 Freestyle National Point Series Winner, 2011 National Freestyle Kayak Champion and 2012 runner up, 2012 and 2011 National slalom Kayak (k1) and Canoe National Champion (C1) champion, Inaugural “New Wave” Athlete, Kayak Session Magazine, #4, American Whitewater Ambassador.
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
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.