Meet Joe Paddler: Nia Nova, Copenhagen, Denmark

Where you were born and where you live now?

Midlands, United Kingdom. Living Copenhagen Denmark

What is your occupation?

Research Engineer on Marine Engines

Where do you SUP the most?

Round the cold waters of Copenhagen 

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Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?

KiteDenmark

What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?

Mistral M1

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

ISup Starboard Astro, Jimmy Lewis U Boat 12’6

What paddle do you use?

SupR

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

First board was an iSUP model great for travelling, bitten by the endurance bug, borrowed club Nash board ( old model 2012 ) for 11 cities. afterwards bought a Mistral M1 second hand perfect for training all weather!

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

Marshall Islands

Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?

Plant paddle before engaging power

Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?

Ramming ice whilst in full power mode! Knocked off my feet but landed on my back still on the board!

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

High 5 Sports Drink, banana and homemade energy bars

Goals for this year?

Endurance Races of course!

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

Chilled Lager, cranberries

Your favorite non-paddle thing to do?

Chill with our Corgies and paddle the inflatable Prone Board !!

What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?

Endurance, testing myself against nature without compromising safety!

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

Completing Great Glen paddle, last SUP paddler to finish but beat my goal of 15hrs! 

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

Too many paddle crews to mention them all! 

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What is your best SUP travel tip?

Travel light!

Lisa
Lisa is managing editor of PaddleMonster.com and is an avid paddler of all the things - including sup, SurfSki, outrigger canoe and prone, though she especially enjoys paddle surfing and downwinding. She is a former journalist with more than 30 years experience in print and broadcast journalism and in government communications. She is a six-time Chattajack finisher, racing both sup and OC2. When not paddling, she is an outdoor instructor.

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