Meet Joe Paddler: Chase Toogood, Bermuda

Where you were born and where you live now?

Born in New York, now lives in Bermuda.

What is your occupation?

Asset Management

Where do you SUP the most?

South Shore, Bermuda

Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?

Makin’ Waves

What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?

Starboard Pro 8’5″ x 29″ x 106L

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

Naish Hokua 9’10” x 30″ x 155L and Bote

What paddle do you use?


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

Not much really. It is hard to get equipment in Bermuda. I have been on the same equipment for a long time, and basically added to the quiver only a couple of times, when I graduated from my very first SUP and paddle, made by ATX.


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

New Zealand

Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?

When I first started paddling in races, I didn’t realize how important the design of the paddle was. It wasn’t until I traded paddles with another buddy during a training session that I realized how light and technologically advanced a paddle could be…and that using a good one was very helpful in terms of improving performance.

Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?

I’ve only felt seasick once ever while paddling. That was during the inaugural 2016 Devil’s Isle Challenge. I managed not to throw up…but it was close.

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

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Goals for this next year?

Complete the 2017 Devil’s Isle Challenge again.

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

Chocolate milk…or Guinness.

Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.


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

A way to transport my SUP and paddle on my moped, which is usually my only form of transportation in Bermuda!

What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?

Finding enough time to train, and balancing SUP time with all the other things I like to do in the ocean.

What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?

Winning the 2016 Devil’s Isle Challenge


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

We are an eccentric group with different interests, but SUP is our common ground. We train together and are now helping with planning for future events in Bermuda.


What was your best SUP travel trip?

Acadia National Park, Maine.