Where you were born and where you live now?
I’m originally from So Cal but now happily reside in Shoreline, WA (Seattle).
What is your occupation?
Outdoor Industry Sales Exec/Rep
Where do you SUP the most?
Mostly Puget Sound but often find myself enjoying the freshwater lakes around here (Washington, Union and Sammamish) and in the warmer months like to rally up to the Cascade alpine lakes.
Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?
Urban Surf in Seattle – hands down! Killer staff, always make you feel valued when you walk through the door, great summer race series helping to bring the community together. Simply Rad!
What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?
I’m loving my 2016 Amundson TRX 14! The new bottom concave and wind-shedding deck design is an awesome improvement. Sweet board for our waters; super varying salt water, solid downwinder, fast on flat water and simply fun to take out of the corral.
Do you own any other paddleboards, surfskis or OCs and what kind?
My first SUP was an Amundson TR2 12’6″, still have it. Second was Naish One inflatable purchased for travel and kids, also still have. Also have a new Aquaglide Cascade 11′ inflatable that I’m taking out to see how it does on freighter waves today:)
What paddle do you use?
Starboard Bolt. Sick.
Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?
Yes. I started out with my TR2 and an adjustable paddle and moved to a used Starboard Allstar (AST) and full carbon Starboard Enduro paddle after a few races. I’m finally on a full carbon board and paddle setup and ready to see how this season goes. I love how things are starting thus far.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?
Wow, tough question. Hard to admit I’ve never been to Hawaii after traveling around the world so I’d say Maui for a Downwind with Riggs and the North Shore of Oahu.
Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t be a Di*k — nugget of advice from John Amundson:)
Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?
Not many weird things come to mind, only magical and life changing. Weird is sitting at a desk staring at my computer…
Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
Healthy fats: Coconut Butter/Oil, Avocado (chilled with sea salt) and sweet potatoes.
Goals for this next year?
Move up a few spots on my race finishes. Do more downwinders. Paddle with my wife and kids more.
Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
Good beer, water and anything healthy from the earth, not a lab.
Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
Spend time with my family. Learn how and practice being better today than I was yesterday.
What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
Oh, don’t get me started… this sport is still so young I don’t know where to start.
What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?
What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
You know, I’m most proud when I’m coming into the finish line and everyone in front of me has stopped to cheer me through, meaning I’m proud to be part of such amazing humans and equally proud of the folks behind me that I get to cheer on.
Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through paddling.
Surf’s up and I don’t have enough time to list all the great stuff about all the great friends I’ve met through paddling. I’ll say this; they are the best yet, hand down.
What was your best SUP travel trip?
I feel I’m just getting started but I really enjoyed a trip to Cayucos, CA where my wife and I spent the afternoon paddling and with dolphins.