Where you were born and where you live now?
Born in Washington, DC, raised in Bethesda, MD, living in Washington, DC now.
What is your occupation?
Director of Standup Paddling at Potomac Paddlesports
Where do you SUP the most?
Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?
East of Maui in Annapolis, MD. They’re a true board shop and they have the most knowledge around boards, whether they’re SUPs, skateboards or snowboards.
What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?
My first SUP love is the Boardworks M&M, which is what I rode when I won my first Carolina Cup Harbor Island race. However, I currently ride a Speedboard, which I find a little more stable in rougher conditions.
Do you own any other paddleboards, surfskis or OCs and what kind?
I have a quiver of paddleboards in my backyard. They include SUP surfboards, river SUP surfboards, and some other race boards.
What paddle do you use?
Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?
I’ve played around a lot with my equipment over the last 10 years. I love trying new technology and adapting with the sport. But, when it’s all said and done, my equipment is based on what I think works best for me personally.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?
Like most people, my dream is to get somewhere warm (like Tahiti).
Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?
Never take a vacation from safety. It sounds like a buzz kill, but it’s meant to serve as a reminder that we have to be mindful that this is still an evolving sport and we have to take care of ourselves and others on the water while still having fun.
Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?
Paddling with an 8 point buck in the Potomac River in front of the Georgetown Waterfront… at Christmas time.
Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
My habitual pasta dinner the night before a race.
Goals for this year?
To be injury free and paddle in new water.
Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
Ice cold club soda. Sorry folks, I don’t drink (trust me, you want it that way).
Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
Another board sport… snowboarding.
What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
Waterproof memory foam deck pads.
What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?
At my age, trying to stay competitive in the race circuit against younger, stronger up-and-coming competition.
What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
I’ve been teaching SUP for 6 years. I now have students that live across the globe who race and instruct. I’m proud to be able to spread the SUP stoke.
Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through paddling.
I’m lucky enough to paddle in a top 10 paddling town and to meet so many skilled watermen and women. I’ve learned a lot from my peers and my students over the years. But the most important friend I’ve met is my girlfriend, who I’m lucky enough to share the love of SUP with.
What was your best SUP travel trip?
I love traveling to Assateague National Seashort, even though it’s not too far from DC or considered an exotic trip. It’s pretty awesome to paddling next to porpoises and wild ponies.