Meet Joe Paddler Chris Fry Olympia

Where you were born and where you live now?

Born in Wichita, KS and I currently live in Olympia, WA

What is your occupation?

Owner/operator of  West Bay Paddleboards in Olympia, WA.

Where do you SUP the most?

The Puget Sound

Meet Joe Paddler Chris Fry Olympia

What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?

Boga 14′ Typhoon

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

Pau Hana 14′ Viper, Starboard Freeride XL, Boga 12′ 6″ Typhoon

What paddle do you use?

Stand On Liquid Torrent

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

Yes, boards have evolved in the last 12 years and my skills evolve as well as my board needs.

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

Rapa Nui

Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?

Try before you buy.

Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?

I have experienced people, places and thing that I would have never experienced if I had not taken up SUP. This sport has enriched me beyond belief.

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

Power Bars and water.

Goals for this next year?

Train for the 13 mile Round the Rock race in Seattle, WA.

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

A good pale ale.

Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.

Sailing.

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

A jacket that opens up and becomes a sail.

What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?

Wind, heading into it is very challenging.

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

Riding my board solo 19 miles from Shelton, WA to Olympia, WA.

Meet Joe Paddler Chris Fry Olympia

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

I have made a lot of wonderful friends through SUP. I met my wife through SUP. We share the same passion for the sport. I proposed to her while we were paddleboarding in Bend, OR. on Lake Hosmer.

Meet Joe Paddler Chris Fry Olympia

What was your best SUP travel trip?

I took a trip along Highway 101  from    Olympia, WA. to San Clement, CA. I stopped at many great spots along the way.

Meet Joe Paddler Chris Fry Olympia

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