Ryan Knysh

WHERE WERE YOU WERE BORN AND WHERE YOU LIVE NOW?

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and now Alberta Beach, Alberta, Canada.

WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION?

I am a Realtor when not on a board.

WHERE DO YOU SUP THE MOST?

Local Alberta lakes and the Rocky Mountains.

Ryan Knysh

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE LOCAL PADDLE SHOP?

There is no SUP store that compares to Infinity Surfboards!

WHAT PADDLEBOARD, SURFSKI OR OC DO YOU RIDE MOST?

I ride my Infinity 12’6″ x 24 Blackfish the most! It works anywhere anytime.

DO YOU OWN ANY OTHER PADDLEBOARDS, SURFSKIS OR OCS AND WHAT KIND?

Currently riding my Infinity 6’10” Round Nose Blurr, 7’4″ Blurr Sup and i just got news my new 14′ x 22″ Blackfish ST is done!

WHAT PADDLE DO YOU USE?

Quickblade Everything! 91 Vdrive for surf and 86 Trifecta for race!

HAVE YOU CHANGED BOARDS/PADDLES SINCE YOU STARTED? IF SO, WHY?

The length and blade size have the paddle have changed the most. I’m running a lot shorter now with a signifigantly smaller blade. It’s easier on the shoulders and I’m actually able to pull better times then I could with the larger blade.  My boards keep getting narrower but I have the luxury of racing on flat water and stability is much less of an issue than when in the ocean.

WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SUP?

Fiji!

BEST PIECE OF SUP ADVICE YOU’VE GOTTEN?

That’s any advice Mr. Brody Welte has given me. He is a guru of the sport and I’m very lucky to have to the opportunity to work with him. He stresses how important it is to give it everything you have, not to worry about situations you can’t control. There’s a reason team USA won the ISA with him there coaching.

WHAT ARE YOUR PADDLE GOALS FOR THIS YEAR?

Well, I am expecting my first child and honestly my goal is to enjoy this experience because you only get it once! I will do all of my local races throughout western Canada but I see it being a little harder to spend as much time in SoCal this year.

WEIRDEST THING THAT’S HAPPENED TO YOU WHILE SUPPING?

Getting kicked out of a Sup surf contest in a mall and then watching the “Dave vs Daver” final featured in H2Mexico. Surfing in West Edmonton Mall never looked so cool!

FAVORITE SUP NUTRITION?

Ox Endurance is always with me during training or events. I love the stuff! So many paddlers are using it now, and for good reason.

FAVORITE POST-PADDLE NOSH (SNACK/BEER/RECOVERY DRINK)

Does Bud Light count as a recovery drink and beer?

YOUR FAVORITE NON-PADDLE THING TO DO?

Anything on a board. Snow, Skate, Wake, as long as it has board in it I probably do it!

WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE WITH SUP?

Having ice covering my water six months of the year. It makes training really hard and every spring I feel like I’m playing catch up all over again.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT IN A SUP RACE OR EVENT?

At the end of the Easy Rider Sup Cup With Dave Kalama and Jim Terrell all pushing for first place after 16kms.

Ryan Knysh

TELL US ABOUT THE BEST FRIEND(S) YOU MADE THROUGH SUP.

Dave Boehne and Brent Pascoe have really gone above and beyond to take me in and give me more then just a place to stay.  These guys are truly amazing people and would do anything for anyone. They may act like goofs and prank you daily but man, they have changed my life.

Ryan Knysh

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUP TRAVEL TIP?

Buy a Van.. #vanlife is the best life. Not sure is the question was supposed to say tip.. haha

WHAT PIECE OF SUP GEAR DO YOU WISH SOMEONE WOULD INVENT?

Someone has to figure this traveling with boards thing.. If I’m flying to a race I would love to bring my custom 14′.