Joe Paddler James Gregorio

Where you were born and where you live now?

I was born in Brookhaven, NY, moved to Montauk, NY at 12 and live in Marlboro, NJ now.

What is your occupation?

TV Meteorologist

Where do you SUP the most?

Jersey Shore. Manasquan River with my training partners, Will Sodano and Robin Delgado and the Island Surf and Sail Crew.

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Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?

Being a Island Surf and Sail Team Rider…well, you figured it out! Also, props to Bill and the crew at Endless Sup for catering to us Monmouth County folks.

What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?

I am also a Starboard Ambassador so of course I spend countless hours on my 14′ by 27″ wide Allstar! This is my third Allstar and by far this is the best one yet.

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Do you own any other paddleboards, surfskis or OCs and what kind?

Just my 9’5″ Starboard Wide Point surf sup which is just crazy fun. Such a blast!

What paddle do you use?

I am a big Werner guy so I have a couple different Grand Prix race paddles. I’m really digging my new 93sq”, smaller shaft Grand Prix. I also have a older 90sq” Grand Prix which I’m shortening and going to play around with the length a bit.

Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?

For sure-lots! Our sport has gone through some pretty big design advances and most racers are riding narrower boards and shorter paddles. Although I’m currently on the 27″ wide Allstar, I can see myself going down to the 25″wide as soon as I get to my desired race weight-it’s that stable. I’ve raced and owned paddles from QB, Kialoa , Werner and Naish and they have all been great. I guess it just depends on what fits with your racing style and the goals your trying to achieve and perhaps any injuries or issues which you are trying to overcome.

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If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?

Flat water/race: Greek Islands..lots of nooks and cranny’s it seems like. Surf Sup: Fiji/Tahitit/Indo…I dunno that’s a tough one!

Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t forget to smile!

Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?

Seeing the Leprechaun dude crawl out from under a bridge during SEA Paddle NYC and start dancing around or Sea planes inbound from Conn. trying to land in the East River.

Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)

Scratch hydration, Honey Stinger Gels but the Salted Caramel Gu is pretty damn solid !

Goals for this year?

Do as many WPA National Races as possible(CC, Cayuga Lake Sup Cup, SoundSurfer etc). I really want to dial in my training with the great addition of Paddle Monster and figure out a way to get more time on the water. Oh yeah, faster, stronger, leaner too!

Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)

Coconut water/berry recovery smoothie. Protein powder, berries, almond butter etc.. if it’s after a race that post race beer hits the spot.

Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.

Workout and spend time with my kids. My daughter’s play a ton of soccer so it seems like i’m always at some soccer field. Of the field, spending time with my family.

What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?

Gotta say, I’m really happy with all my gear.

What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?

Finding enough water time. Work, family and outside disractions sometimes take your eyes off the prize. We all would love to train like professional athletes, but sometimes the hustle and bustle gets in the way.

What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?

Probably finishing my first SEA Paddle NYC. 22 miles around the most iconic city in the world. The sights, the emotion, the grind…all epic….

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Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through paddling.

So, so many. I love the crazy sup cult of ours lol. On a personal level, Will Sodano and Robin Delgado are the guys I train with most and I am always greatful for them pushing me and keeping me on track. Will especially has to deal with my incessant questions about which interval we are on! Additionally, folks like John Beausang, Steve Dullack, The Lazy Dog Ladies etc and all the other members of our tribe that we only get a chance to catch up with once or twice a year is pretty epic as well.

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What was your best SUP travel trip?

My first Carolina Cup. We pulled up to the Blockade Runner and the surf was perfect waist to chest high, it was sunny and 80 degrees and we surfed super fun waves for 2 two hours in board shorts. We then raced on Saturday which went well too. Great weekend

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