Meet Jane Paddler: Jessica Manos, CA

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?

Not yet

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.


Lisa is managing editor of 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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