Where you were born and where you live now?
I was born in Pennsylvania but I live in Pine Beach,New. Jersey, where I grew up.
What is your occupation?
I am a producer and artist representative.
Where do you SUP the most?
I SUP the most on the Barnegat Bay and the Toms River which leads to the Bay.
Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?
Sadly there are none in this area.
What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?
I ride a Starboard All Star 12’6. I love her.
Do you own any other paddleboards, surfskis or OCs and what kind?
I have a few boards shaped by Lance Erickson, Speedboards by Robert Blair, a few NSP’s, a Gerry Lopez and a 14′ Starboard Race board.
What paddle do you use?
I use a Quickblade Trifecta.
Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?
I started on a Hawaiian Island Creation and went to a Lance Erickson to a Speedboard to an Starboard Allstar. I love my Starboard All Star as it is amazing in the wind and waves. She takes a beating, that is for sure.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?
I would paddle around the Great Barrier Reef.
Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?
I have a very distinctive paddle style, I have been told, and my pal Lance told me not to get hung up on others’ technique but to do what feels right for me. I hope that I don’t look embarrassing as I don’t know what that “distinctive” style is.
Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?
During the Dean Randazzo 22 mile cancer paddle there were offshore boat races going on and one of the boats was heading right towards me. I waved my paddle in the air and he turned into the surf break and launched into the air and back on his stern and tombstoned. I felt kinda bad for him but my leash would have prevented me from getting too far underwater and away from his boat. It was like watching a movie.
Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
I like blue Gatorade. I freeze it the night before in my camelback. I only like the blue flavor, and GUM. Lots of gum.
Goals for this year?
I want to go back to the Devi’s Island Challenge in Bermuda and kick the south side of the island’s butt. I’d like to defend my title and break the record of ten hours. Now I know where to go.. I think I could give it a good shot.
Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
My friends tease me cause I like VODKA and lobster roll. They go well together and make me happy.
Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
I like to travel with my pal Abbey and I love to spend time with my rescue pit bulls. They are the coolest dudes on the planet. I also like to dance in dive bars.
What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
I would please like a hydration pack with a leash and a PFD and a gum dispenser.
What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?
The biggest challenge is getting through the waves at the Carolina Cup on my All Star. The lovely Candice Appleby watched me wash ashore practicing there and told me “you can do it” – nicest thing ever – and I did. Not very elegantly but I did it.
What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
At the NY sea paddle a few years ago I was so freaked from a prior bad experience at Hells’ Gate. I paddled so fast out of fear that when I looked up there was no one around me. I am sure there were people ahead of me but I didn’t see anyone and it felt good to be a small person in that big Hudson!
Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through paddling.
I met Abbey Sangmeister ’cause I was sleeping on a couch at the Carolina Cup; Claire Conde who is the most amazing chic ever. So many amazing women like Stephanie Scheidler-my sistah, Evelyn ODoherty, the ATLANTIC SUP gals, my gals Julietta and Lou Anne. And all the people who you see at races like William Sodano, Harris Davis, Victor Rallo,Tommy the fesity Forkin, Coach Kenny, Robin Delgado, William Sodano, James Gregorio who I smile at on TV, the deSatnick brothers, Sean Duffy, Paul Guinta, Michelle Barbera, Carl Tripican, Ryan, fast fingers, Greg..Andrea and Kevin.. John Navarro and Mahorn, jeffrey Taylor I could go on and on. I hear my husband Eddy O cheering me on in my sleep.
What was your best SUP travel trip?
Well there isn’t just one. I had fun with Abbey in Bermuda and we met the amazing Stuart Joblin, the 100 miles paddle and the kindess of Lance Erickson, Paddling alone from Costa Rica into Panama was exciting… Paddling around Dana Point is always nice.. and even better where the oysters afterwards.