Mark Salvetti is the owner of Bayou Paddle Company which offers unique SUP opportunities on Lousiana’s Northshore, including Bogue Falaya and Tchefuncte Rivers, Lake Pontchartrain and the Bogue Chitto River.
WHERE WERE YOU WERE BORN AND WHERE YOU LIVE NOW?
Born a Yankee but live and breath the deep South, just outside New Orleans.
WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION?
Real estate development.
WHERE DO YOU SUP THE MOST?
Local rivers and lakes in my area.
WHAT PADDLEBOARD, SURFSKI OR OC DO YOU RIDE MOST?
YOLO Board….all of them 🙂
DO YOU OWN ANY OTHER PADDLEBOARDS, SURFSKIS OR OCS AND WHAT KIND?
14′ YOLO Race, 12′ ECO, 12′-6″ inflatable and I stash a custom YOLO Air in Costa Rica for surf trips.
WHAT PADDLE DO YOU USE?
HAVE YOU CHANGED BOARDS/PADDLES SINCE YOU STARTED? IF SO, WHY?
Yes, mostly to cycle thru and hand down boards to friends to get them on the water with me.
WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SUP?
Back to Thailand with an inflatable to paddle around Koh Samui and Koh Phangan in the South China Sea.
BEST PIECE OF SUP ADVICE YOU’VE GOTTEN?
Take care of your equipment and your equipment will take care of you.
WHAT ARE YOUR PADDLE GOALS FOR THIS YEAR?
More water time with good friends.
WEIRDEST THING THAT’S HAPPENED TO YOU WHILE SUPPING?
Broke a leash and swam about 1/2 mi in with paddle between toes thru a group of turtles in Costa Rica. Not weird maybe but very cool.
FAVORITE SUP NUTRITION?
Mostly just make sure I have a good breakfast that will stick with me and a gu-shot 30 min before. If the race is longer than 2 hours I will bring gu or chews and plenty of water.
FAVORITE POST-PADDLE NOSH (SNACK/BEER/RECOVERY DRINK)
Abita Turbo Dog and Andygator, we call it a “Turbo-Gator”
YOUR FAVORITE NON-PADDLE THING TO DO?
Swim, bike, run, photography, videography with my wife Kirsty of 25 years.
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE WITH SUP?
Better and safe access to new places, education of new paddlers.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT IN A SUP RACE OR EVENT?
We put on a family-fun relay SUP even here, I’d say I feel most proud when I see people having fun with family and friends who have never done the sport before. Being able to produce and event to allow access to a sport in a fun atmosphere is special.
TELL US ABOUT THE BEST FRIEND(S) YOU MADE THROUGH SUP.
So many and more to come, the #yolotribe is growing.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUP TRAVEL TIP?
Bring your paddle….always.
WHAT PIECE OF SUP GEAR DO YOU WISH SOMEONE WOULD INVENT?
Clear deck pads so you can see your cool graphics. Better and safe access to new places, education of new paddlers.