Where you were born and where you live now?
Tampa, Fl & Columbus, MS
What is your occupation?
Yoga Instructor and Studio Owner
Where do you SUP the most?
Mostly here in Mississippi but I sneak over the border and paddle in Alabama and escape often to my beach house in South Florida!
Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?
Not local to me here in Mississippi but from South Florida, my favorite shop is Urban Kai. My favorite SUP shop that is closest to me would definitely have to be Smith Lake Paddleboards in Cullman, Al. Susan and Tommy are the best!
What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?
I definitely ride my recreational board the most. I love to leisurely paddle and soak in the sun and the sounds of nature. But, thanks to the 100/100 challenge group I ride my 12’6 raceboard a lot too.
Do you own any other paddleboards, surfskis or OCs and what kind?
I currently have nine boards in my garage. Instead of buying purses, I add paddleboards to my quiver. LOL. I have three BOGA Yoga inflatables, one Limited Edition Boga Yoga bamboo board (it’s beautiful!), a 10’6 Sup Love zip around board, a 12 foot Boga El Rey that is designated for the hubs, a 12’6 2016 Boga Typhoon Raceboard and a 2015 YOLO Pink Crush that is 24 inches wide.
What paddle do you use?
I haven’t locked down a paddle yet. I’ve tried a few and next on my list is to try a Werner paddle and see how I like that.
Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?
I started out on a YOLO (they’re from my hometown) and now I’ve grown a collection of BOGA’s mainly because I use them for SUP Yoga since I am a studio owner and instructor and being on a board that is specifically designed for yoga on the water makes a huge difference to people who are trying SUP Yoga for the first time. BOGA hands down is the leading innovator when it comes to bringing your yoga practice to a body of water outside! (But at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what board you ride on but rather, what stickers you have adorned it with!)
If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?
That’s tough because I’ve been fortunate to travel to all parts of the world, being married to a pilot. I’ve played in the waters of Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, The Maldives, Japan, etc. I would like to paddle and see some glaciers up close but as a Florida warm weather girl, I’m not so sure that I’ll cross that off of my bucket list anytime soon! LOL.
Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?
Joining the 100/100 group!
Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?
It doesn’t happen while I am paddling per se but when I enter the gate coming into the military base I am often asked where I go ‘wakeboarding’ around here and I always chuckle inside my head and remind myself that I am like a pioneer here in the middle of nowhere Mississippi.
Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
Tailwind Nutrition and Justin’s Almond Butter for sure! Nom, nom, nom!
Goals for this next year?
Just to get back into race shape. I went through a little depression with this recent move. It’s tough to leave a great SUP community and location (I moved from South Florida to Northeast Mississippi)
Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
Duh! Beer and Pizza! or Margaritas and Tacos!
Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
SUP Waterproof Thermals that felt as good as my Liquido leggings!
What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?
Military moves and having to find people to paddle with.
What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
When my daughter placed at the Florida Cup in the grom division! Not because she won but because she wanted to race like her mom.
Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through paddling.
Where do I start? I met the Widmer’s at Chattajack two years ago and they took me paddling along the Nashville skyline and I stayed at their house. Recently on a trip to Seattle to run the Tacoma Marathon, I met up with the Gig Harbor Mermaids (whom we had never met in person) went for a paddle with them and wound up canceling our hotel reservations and stayed with them the entire weekend and had TONS of fun! Paddling has opened up so many door of opportunity for connection both near and far, I could tell you more stories of people I have met and really connected with but those are just the more recent stories. I heart my paddle friends!
What was your best SUP travel tip?
Have board, will travel. 🙂