Stand Up Paddler
Laguna Niguel/Dana Point, CA
What’s your favorite thing about SUPing?
I love the freedom and self reliance that paddling gives me. There aren’t too many sports that rely so much on an athlete’s physical skill
as well as their mental preparedness. Every venture to open water has its unique risks and rewards.
What brought you to it? / How’d you get into it?
A love for the ocean and water sports in general got me excited about stand up paddling before it really became
popular. I am a firm believer that the ocean and the sport continue to save my life from an extensive history of debilitating anxiety and depression.
What’s made you really proud/inspired/stoked about it?
In this day and age when it feels like everything has been done before, I pride myself on being one of the pioneers
of open ocean endurance stand up paddling. Many techniques utilized by distance paddlers have been developed, tested, and practiced by me.
Any awards, recognitions, accomplishments or qualifications you want to mention?
What is some little thing in your life – something that you do, or something that someone does for you, whatever - that gives you real joy?
I adore bringing people to experience the ocean from my point of view. Whether it is paddling, surfing, sailing, or chase boating,
the fire in their eyes is unmistakable. I volunteer for a charity that brings underprivileged children sailing and teaches them teamwork
and sailing fundamentals. Couple that with some wind and a few friendly dolphins and we are in business!
What do you love most about traveling?
I love experiencing new places and meeting so many different people. I pride myself on being able to throw myself into any situation and
make friends and fans. However, what I love most about my travels is the surprises along the way. I plan my routes as I go so I never really
know what my end result will be. I have finished days sleeping in sea caves and the very next in a four star hotel. The dynamic of my experiences
are the best.
The best way to reach me and keep up to date with anything related to my travels, fans can visit my website, www.AreYouInspiredYet.com.
From this site there are links to my fundraising for various charities (which always stay open to accept donations), my personal Facebook link,
opportunities to purchase swag that benefits non-profit, and contact forms to add an email to my update list. There are plenty of photos, videos,
news stories, and event updates to keep us all INSPIRED!