Where you were born and where you live now?
Born The Netherland (Holland), lives in Elizabethtown, KY
What is your occupation?
Where do you SUP the most?
Hometown lake “Freeman Lake”, SUP training ground.
Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?
Quest Outdoors, Louisville, KY
What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?
Boardworks Eradicator (12.6)
Do you own any other paddleboards, surfskis or OCs and what kind?
Boardworks Raven (12.6), Yolo Inflatable (11′)
What paddle do you use?
Quick Blade V-Drive (91), Yolo Elite SUP Paddle (95)
Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?
I originally had Boardworks Raven, a touring board, to start until I decided I wanted to race. So I have now ride Boardworks Eradicator. I changed from a Yolo Elite SUP paddle to QB V-Drive to be more aggressive. Paddle length is also slightly longer on Yolo Elite SUP paddle so I needed to get new one.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?
Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?
I am a Paddle Monster member and the best advice I got is from my coach Larry Cain at the 2016 OABI clinic. Highly positive comments from coach from the video analysis and few minor adjust is all I needed.
Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?
Nothing weird yet but I’m sure I will encounter something some point. Hope it’s really cool so I can tell the story!
Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
Power bar, Cliff bar, Vitamin Water
Goals for this next year?
Be a bad ass SUP racer. Hit all the big races and get a podium spot. Carolina Cup Grave Yard and ChattaJack!
Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
Mountain bike. I have a long history in racing mountain biks and I still love to ride. Now that SUP racing taking over my life, mountain bike riding will become my second sport.
What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
If I share I won’t be rich!…lol But helium capable SUP board. Could glide nice and may work .
What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?
Right turn buoy turn… Don’t we all? lol
What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
2016 OABI 7-mile race. Coming down the home stretch and hearing my coach Larry Cain yelling my name for encourgment and giving me the push to the finish. It was 5th place but it was priceless moment !
Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through paddling.
In the SUP racing circuit and on Paddle Monster ,it’s one big family and it’s awesome. Paddle Monster- Larry Cain, John Beausang. SUP Gladiator-Casey Gotcher, Quest Outdoors-Ryan & Michelle King and their staff. All SUP racer friends we met!
What was your best SUP travel trip?
Nothing exciting but Florida( Blue Mountain Beach)