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Jules and I met as she and her partner in crime, Louanne Harris paddled the whole friggin’ East Coast a few years ago. They stayed with us as they passed through Wrightsville Beach, NC and became unofficial aunties and official role models to my daughter Stella who thought they were just about the coolest ever.

Jules is originally from Buenos Aries, Argentina and recently moved from New York City to San Francisco. At first, I was pretty bummed when she moved, thinking that I wouldn’t see her as much, but that was just stupid because she’s everywhere. We hung out at the Gorge Downwind Championships and would have hung out at Chattajack had I been able to attend. Jules paddles everything, has been an instructor and guide on anything you can paddle.

You’ll see Jules mostly on her Epic V10L, but is equally spotted paddling SUP, Prone Paddleboard, OC, surfing, or on a foil.

Jules Gismondi
Jules with her Epic V10L

Jules’ smile and laugh, sense of humor, kindness and ferocity make her incredibly inspirational to us. Jules: You inspire us.

Where is your favorite place to paddle?

I have to say home. I love paddling the brown waters of the delta in Buenos Aires. The light, the smells, the sounds. I miss it every day <3
Patagonia comes close second on the list.
And of course, the wild and crazy Hudson River in NYC, which is also home.
Must add, paddling the coastal NorCal is pretty epic as well 🙂

What is your favorite event and why?

Chattajack, the the Gorge Downwind Champs and the Sea Trek Regatta are the events I look forward to the most every year because they bring the paddling family together.
What is your favorite paddling moment and why?
My favorite paddling moment is also my least favorite. The last day of our New York to Miami expedition. Getting off the board for the last time in South Beach, FL was the most rewarding accomplishment and suddenly letting go was also heartbreaking. But yay? ;p

Do you have a bucket list event?

Yes! I’d love to do The Doctor in Australia, the 11 city tour, Blackburn, OABI and Chucktown Showdown. All events I haven’t been to yet and so want to!! And go back east and do the Treasure Island Pirate Paddle, SEA Paddle and the Great Peconic Race again 🙂

What are you grateful for?

This paddling community that I am still in awe of its generosity, support, enthusiasm and encouragement, mentorship and inspiration.
Grateful for every minute out there, sunny skies or gale. Paddling has made me a little more resilient to adversity, more patient in the face of change, more fluid with what’s in front of me and stronger physically and mentally. So very lucky to live this water life and to get to share it with everyone I meet.

Advice or tips for paddlers?

Best advice ever given to me on those days that you are itching to go out but conditions are not the safest: “Better to be on land wishing you were on the water, than to be on the water wishing you were on land.” Mike Simpson -over the phone when I was stuck in Tybee, GA during a NorEaster.
Paddle safe, everyone!

Do you have a favorite charity?

Plastic Tides. More like a mission than charity. These guys do good work!
What is their web address?

End Notes

If you’re ever in the Bay Area, come find me!! Let’s paddle out the Gate and visit all that wildlife!

Also, Jules credits her performance at Chattajack to her Mullet Shirt! Thanks for representing!

Jules Gismondi

John Beausanghttp://www.paddlemonster.com
Writer, Small Business Owner Father, Husband, Paddler, Surfer Sixers & Eagles Fan Proudly Independent Publisher, @distressdmullet Co-Founder @Paddlemonster

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