Meet Fido Paddler Zipi

Where you were born and where you live now?

I was sent to a high-kill shelter in South Carolina when I was little, but someone rescued me and gave me a ride to Westchester (just north of NYC) and now I live in Manhattan.

What is your occupation?

Work is for the birds.

Where do you SUP the most?

Hudson River at the top of Manhattan.

Meet Fido Paddler Zipi

Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?

I learned how to SUP at Downunder in Westport, CT, so that place pretty much changed my life FOREVER.

What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?

NSP Coco Race 12’6″

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

No, but I do have some chew toys and socks. Wanna play?

What paddle do you use?

My paw… sometimes my tail.

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

I got a new PFD. It’s bright yellow so you can see me.

Meet Fido Paddler Zipi

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

Pretty much anywhere  I can roll in a pile of poop at some point in the day is heaven.

Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?

Stay in the middle of the board.

Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?

I was once walking backwards on the board and fell in…. it was kind of embarrassing.

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

Almond butter and banana sandwiches…. or poop

Goals for this year?

I’d like to visit more places, meet more SUP dogs. It is hard to find other dogs with similar skills, but I make friends easy so maybe I can teach them.

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

Fish skins are the best.

Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.

Chew softballs

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

A chew toy that sticks to the board so I can paddle and chew at the same time. That would be bliss.

What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?

The whole human job thing really cuts into my SUP time.

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

I finished the Paddle for a Cure 10-mile event from Beacon to Cold Spring just north of NYC last year. Afterwards, I got to run around a field, chew sticks, hike in the woods, meet everybody and eat their leftovers.

Meet Fido Paddler Zipi

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

I’m really a lover. I’m in the 100/100 Paddle Challenge, and the 100/100 Kisses Challenge. I try to kiss as many new friends on my way to and from the boathouse or launch as possible. Sometimes I kiss up to 40 new friends per day. Still working on 100 kisses in a day, though. A dog can dream…

What was your best SUP travel trip?

Ok, so, I have two favorites so far…. Squam Lake in NH because I stayed on an island for a weekend and got to run all over the place when we were not SUPing AND day trips on Long Island Sound to all of the cool islands. I like to dig holes in the sand, take a break, and enjoy the atmosphere.

Meet Fido Paddler Zipi


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