Where you were born and where you live now?
Illinois, California now
What is your occupation?
Architectural Design, specializing in residential
Where do you SUP the most?
The Ocean, open & harbor
What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?
Tropical Blends, Wahine 10′-6″
Do you own any other paddleboards, surfskis or OCs and what kind?
What paddle do you use?
Ke Nalu, Wiki – 100 Flex
Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?
I changed paddles. From Tropical Blends to my Ke Nalu, because it’s lighter.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?
Everywhere!!! I love to travel. Transporting a board and paddle seems impossible, unless you’re driving. Victoria, Canada looked amazing, Prague would have been wonderful if I could have rented gear.
Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?
Get blood flow to your pads of your feet, by rolling one foot at a time.. heal to toe and back.
Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?
On my third time paddling EVER, I went on a high surf day and broke through the waves. Weirdest and best!
Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
Peanut butter packets and water
Goals for this next year?
Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
Lemonade and an ahi sandwich
Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
Be with family and friends
What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
I’ll keep that a secret till I can figure out how to make it. 😉
What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?
Having enough time in the day to go.
What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
I have yet to enter a race. But making it through the waves and paddling to our pier and back in the open ocean.
Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through paddling.
So many!!! Channel Islands Paddlers is my new family. I have grown to love each and everyone of them in the year that has flown by.
What was your best SUP travel trip?
I’ll update, when it happens. But I’m loving that my Mom joins me.