Where you were born and where you live now?
Born and raised on Long Island, NY. Currently live in Medford, NY
What is your occupation?
Ex IT Admin turned co-owner of the Moku Loa Paddle Tribe and WPA certified instructor.
Where do you SUP the most?
I paddle all over Long Island’s south shore from Oakdale all the way out to Montauk (the end!) Our tribe’s home base is in Oakdale, NY.
Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?
Long Island has allot of great shops. I alternate depending on what I need.
What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?
I mostly paddle my Lahui Kai 14×27 race board. I stepped on it & fell in love.
Do you own any other paddleboards, surfskis or OCs and what kind?
I also have a 10’6 surf style board at home. It was my first board ever that I bought second hand. I can’t bare to part with it, so my older daughter paddles it now. We also have a Pua Hana soft top board for the kids to play around with.
What paddle do you use?
I’m in paddle limbo at the moment. Still looking for just the right fit!
Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?
I started off with the 10’6 surf style board and absolutely loved it, but I upgraded to the 14′ Lahui Kai board recently. It’s a whole other experience when you finally have a sleak board that will glide with you!
If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?
I would love in Alaska around all the icebergs and also in the Caymans. They have such a beautiful coast that’s full of sea life, ship wrecks, and reefs!
Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?
Hmmm, I’ve gotten allot of great advice over the years from friends and from the 100/100 group. One of the things that really stuck though was to work on breaking my own barriers. I never would have considered paddling in winter before, but this year I made it my goal to paddle all the way through our NY winter. I made sure I was safe, and I went out and crushed my goal.
Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?
I was paddling in very shallow water on a local creek and didn’t notice right away that I was passing over a huge turtle that was in the mud. We noticed each other at the same time, but there was really no time for me to change my course. The turtle freaked out and came up directly under my board! He kept hitting into the bottom and I thought either I was going for a swim, or he was coming up on the board! Luckily we parted ways without a huge mishap, but I think we were both a little shaken.lol
Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
I’m not a racer, but when I’m doing longer paddles I’ll bring water & maybe a protein bar.
Goals for this year?
My goals for this year are to possibly do a local race. I’m not a racer at heart, but I might need to see what all the fuss is about! I also want to get more locals out for some SUP lessons!
Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
My favorite post-paddle nosh would be tacos & margaritas or a local craft beer! lol
Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
My favorite non-paddling thing to do is spend time with my husband & daughters. They keep me on my feet!
What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
I would love a loading system that is waist high and I can just place my board on it, and it does all the rest of the work! Being short means that loading up is always a pain.
What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?
My biggest challenge with SUP is with keeping myself limber. I have a bulging disk in my back and it definitely effects my paddle. I try to do yoga which alleviates allot of the discomfort and allows me to be more comfortable on the board.
What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
My proudest moment is getting WPA certified with the very incredible water women Darian Boyle and also starting up a SUP lesson/rental company with my friends. The Moku Loa Paddle Tribe has been the biggest social paddle group on Long Island, but now we offer lessons/rentals too. Definitely a dream come true!
Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through paddling.
I joined the Moku Loa tribe in 2014 and quickly fell in love with the group. Almost all of my paddling friends came there including Rob & Mary (who are now my partners) Charlotte,John & Christina, Melissa, Leo, Denice.. the list goes on but these people were always up for a paddle. Even in 30 degree weather!
What was your best SUP travel trip?
Honestly one of my favorite trips was this winter at a spot here on Long Island. We met up with a fellow paddler at a place called Alhambra because there had been seal sighting in the cove. It was maybe 40 degrees in December, but it was a perfect glassy day. We got on the water and about 300 feet from shore, the seal popped up and started to swim around us. We paddled around the cove for almost an hour and the seal just kept swimming all around us. We don’t get a ton of sea life interaction here, so this experience was awesome! Hopefully we see him again next winter!