Justin and I go way back. he’s been on every paddle-able craft that I have ever heard of and a few I probably haven’t. He’s close by us in Charleston, SC and is one of those sneaky paddlers who is always in there, in the hunt.The unsuspecting terminator. We’re stoked he’s made the mullet. Justin is another one of those people who inspire us 24/7/365. Justin, I know you’re recovering from Chattajack, but enjoy and thank you for being a part of our paddle family.
What are you paddling?
For racing “the” SIC RS 14’ x 23” for fun and family Sic Tao 11’ super fun all round board. When not on my SUP I’m on an Epic V8 Pro such a fun Surfski for ripping downwinders
Photo of your board, ski, OC, paddle
Favorite place to paddle:
Folly Beach is my local spot but the best part of paddling for me is exploring new places and meeting new friends. I just took a long road trip up to New England and loved it up there.
What is your favorite event and why?
Favorite new events would be the Paddle for the Lake in Burlington and The Return to Goat Island race. Why because both these races had such an amazing positive vibe going it was super contagious. It did not matter where you placed you felt lucky to be a part of it.
What is your favorite paddling moment and why?
Getting to the start is my favorite paddling moment. It’s often the hardest part of any race and can be the most challenging. Just before the start is like a WOW moment, WOW I made it, all the hard work is done now just keep paddling.
Do you have a bucket list event?
I’ve been ticking them off but would love to add the Yukon River Quest, The Gorge downwind Challenge and The 11 City tour.
What are you grateful for?
I’ve been fortunate to have traveled to some amazing places and races. The ocean has given me so much joy and for that I’m really grateful.
Advice or tips for paddlers?
Safety is your responsibility do not rely on others. Know the conditions, check the forecast, be aware of your limits and be prepared.