The Man Behind Monster and Sea

Meet Joe Paddler: Troy Nebeker, Seattle, Washington

Meet the Man Behind Monster and Sea

Where you were born and where you live now?

Salt Lake City, Utah and since 1976, a happy and slightly mossy resident of Seattle, Washington.

What is your occupation?

Designer, photographer, creative thinker by day. Friend of the sea by night.

What is your site called?


Tell us about your website

Like any site it seems to be in a constant state of “update” – Motofish is a collection of friends who create things for brands. Photography, video, Brand design and building.

Website Address:

Tell us about your charity

Not a charity so much as a heart project. Monster and Sea was born in 2013 during my wife’s battle with cancer. Wanted to figure out a way to give back and inspire our community to do the same. It is hands down the most rewarding thing I have ever been a part of.

Charity Website

Where do you paddle the most?

The PNW is filled with all kinds of wonderful places to paddle. Fresh water, salt, rivers – it really is a water playground. Home water is Lake Washington but have truck and will travel.

Do you have a favorite local paddle shop?

You bet. Urban Surf here on Lake Union. Robin and his crew are awesome.

What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?

My board of choice is a 14′ Bark Commander. This will be my second season dragging knuckles.

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

The quiver is a mix. SUP surf – Kings. SUP Downwind – 14 SIC bullet. Sadly don’t own an OC or surfski but they are a future goal.

What paddle do you use?

Right now its my own two paws. But when they get tired my good friends at Blackfish made a special edition Monster and Sea Paddle.

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

This sport is so dang much fun. When I started I borrowed a friends big ole yellow Laird. As the addiction really took hold, boards changed to more performance-oriented shapes. Ron House lead to Laird Bark to Starboard Allstar to SIC to prone. The changes really start when you dial in what is comfortable for you. It is sort of a natural progression.

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

One day, someday I’d love to do the Painkiller cup. That carribean water is hard to resist.

Best piece of paddling advice you’ve ever received?

Relax. This is all fun and zero stress.

Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?

A seal decided to pay a visit and climbed up on my board. But that is more rad than it is weird.

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

In a past life, triathlon occupied a great deal of time. Nutrition was the fourth event for sure. I try to eat well and hydrate well. Make sure to choose things that taste okay at the end of a grind. Everyone is different and you slowly dial in your routine. Currently I use Probars and the Bites. They seem to be easy on the gut and taste a-okay for both sprint and distance.

Goals for this next year?

Paddling because I am healthy and able. Inspire people to do the same. Qualify for Catalina and enjoy the view along the way.

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

A wheat grass shake and kale chips disguised as pizza and chocolate peanut butter ice cream.

Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.

I really enjoy taking pictures. Watching through the lens as people do the things they love and then sharing it with them.

What piece of paddling gear do you wish someone would invent?

Booties that don’t stink.

What’s your biggest challenge with paddling?

That I can’t do it every day. Love this sport.

What is your proudest moment in a race or event?

Creating the 24 and seeing a simple idea of gathering your friends together, do what you love for the benefit of others. It is humbling and inspiring. Very proud to be part of it.

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

Am very fortunate to have a looong list of paddling friends. Everyone of them are the type of people who if you needed it – they would yank their right arm off and gladly hand it over.


What was your best paddling travel trip?

Have a soft spot in my heart for Tofino. The place is like a giant wave hug. And that long list of friends extends up North as well.

Where can people contact you for design and photography work?

[email protected]

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