Why Stand Up Paddle Boarding is my life?
For me it all started back in the 80′s and it was a skaters life. For me it all started back in the 80′s and it was a skaters life.
I grew up skateboarding. It was a concrete wave that provide my glide. Ive continued to skate off and on to this day. But as I got older my knees couldn’t take the stress of a hardcore skater. I needed another form of ride that would fulfill that need, without killing my body. About 4 years ago I found Stand Up Paddle Boarding. I bought my first board researched every thing SUP and finally took to the water. Ive never looked back. I now race on a recreational level and Stand Up Paddle Tour every chance I get. Along with Paddling I try and share my experiences with fellow paddlers and the ever growing paddle board community. Ive also worked very hard getting my foot in the door of the Stand Up Industry. I now work for Rogue Stand Up Paddle Boards.
Managing the East Coast race and surf team. The Ambassador Program and Handling Board and Product Distribution on the east coast. Not only is Paddle Boarding my passion its becoming a career.
I love and want to continue to inspire more people to become paddlers. It doesn’t matter what level of a paddler you become, as long as your doing what you love.
For me its Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
I’m married to Diana Dobbins and we have a son, Zachary Dobbins, who is 13. Im 40. We live in Orlando, Fl with plans to move back to San Diego where my wife and I met over 13 years ago.
Favorite Board: My new favorite standup board is a Focus SUP Torpedo 8’10″ long by 29″ wide with a Quad Fin set up. I just love SUP surfing a board with a Quad Fin set up!
Achievements: I’ve placed in a few longboard competitions here on the big island and will start to compete with a standup board this year. I make and host “Surf & Style from the Big Island with Julie Klaz” surf videos . Everything is filmed using GoPro cameras and I post all videos on my Youtube channel and my Facebook page
Sponsors: Focus SUP Surfboards, GoPro Cameras, Honeygirl Waterwear bikinis, sutralifestyles.com, GInger & Koi Boutique, Kona Boys Surf Shop and Puka Patch. Thank you also to Clif Bars for their gift of boxes of Chocolate Peanutbutter Builder Protein Bars…my favorite!
Home break: the Kona side of the island of Hawaii : Lymans, Pinetrees, etc.
My story: I started to SUP in September 2009 and it really took a couple years longer than I thought it would before I felt like I was any good at it! Getting on my first Focus standup paddle board really helped my SUP surfing go to the next level. I try to film every session & surf adventure on a GoPro and to share the stoke of living in Hawaii and surfing beautiful waves through videos posted on my Youtube channel.
I was a magazine and television model for the first half of my life. I really love it that I’ve traded in my designer clothing for surfboards and scuba gear! I also have many certifications of instructor for teaching SCUBA, including a NAUI Technical Instructor cert. I also have a Hawaii state record for Blue Water Spearfishing, Aku (Skipjack Tuna) and have been featured in a Spearfishing DVD “Legends of the Blue 2″.
I’m stoked to be part of the Puka Patch Mavens…stayed tuned for some Puka Patch videos!
My name is Morganne McIntyre and I am 18 years old. I am a proud student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and I am currently hoping to major in Exercise Science. I am very outgoing and love to hang with friends. I love longboard skateboarding and snowboarding as well. I guess you could say I am a board sport girl. I learned to surf when I was 13, fell in love, and haven’t stopped since. Surfing is the best way for me to escape as well as express my feelings through my waves. One day I hope to become a physical therapist in the ASP World Tour and travel all over the world to the best surf spots. My dream surf spot is the Wave Garden in Spain. It is not a big wave, but the science behind the garden is truly mind- blowing. My favorite boards are my shortboard and my fish. I love throwing sprays and pumping down the line. Getting barrelled can be a rare thing in North Carolina, but when I do, I feel like I won a championshp game. My favorite wave to surf is head-high glass, but who doesnt like to surf that? My current sponsors are CB Surf Shop, Pura Vida Bracelets, Heated Wetsuits, Blenders Eyewear, and finally, Puka Patch. They are all truly unique and I cannot wait to get the word out. So keep SHREDDING and stay STOKED!
A native Floridian, Julie Roach is a yoga instructor with over a decade of yoga experience. Yoga on the water was a natural progression. An outdoor enthusiast and international workshop leader, she was introduced to standup paddling in 2009. She’s taught as many classes outside as in the studio, SUP YOGA was a perfect fit! Julie holds certifications in ashtanga yoga, hatha yoga, personal training and Red Cross Lifeguarding + First Aid CPR. Press here to read more of Julie’s story.
Favorite Board: Anything short and snappy, I currently ride a 7’4″ long by 27 wide, I love Quad Fin set ups.
Influences are: Jesus Christ, Kelly Slater, Jordy Smith, Brian Jennings, Timmy Curran, and Tom Curran.
Term: To have the most fun, and to shred harder then anyone else!
Achievements: Placed 7th in the Stand Up World Tour Huntington Beach, have had articles written about us in newspapers and online magazines, and have had opportunity to place in many contest and more to come.
Sponsors: Kings Paddle Boards, Futures Fins, Paddle Surf Warehouse, Bomber Floating Eye-wear, Victory Rash guards, Coral Reef Wetsuits, Coreban Paddles, Truwest, Premiere, and Puka Patch.
Home break: Huntington Beach CA
My story: I started to SUP around February 2008 with my brother Matthew. The reason we started was our dad, he wanted to try it and the waves were real small, but the sun was out and the conditions were perfect. So one day we went to Huntington Harbor, we paddled on these huge boards; it was a little harder than it looked. We decided to try paddling in the ocean a couple days later; the surf was around 6” and it was totally glassy, when I paddled out it was 5 times harder than in the harbor. It took me an hour to catch a wave, but once I did I was hooked. I wanted to do it again and again. So that brings us to today, we are always on our SUPs and we have never looked back!
Favorite Board: 8′ or anything fast and smooth.
Influences are: Ivan Van Vuuren, Zane Schweitzer, Kai Lenny
Term: To have the smoothest style out in the water
Achievements: Participated in the Stand Up World Tour, have had articles written about us in newspapers and online magazines, and have participated in many contest and much more to come.
Sponsors: Kings Paddle Boards, Futures Fins, Paddle Surf Warehouse, Bomber Floating Eye-wear, and Victory Rash guards, Coral Reef, Coreban Paddles, Truwest, Premiere and Puka Patch.
Home break: Huntington Beach CA
My story: I started to SUP around February 2008 with my brother Daniel. The reason we started was our dad, he wanted to try it and the waves were real small, but the sun was out and the conditions were perfect. So one day we went to Huntington Harbor, we paddled on these huge boards; it was a little harder than it looked. We decided to try paddling in the ocean a couple days later; the surf was around 6” and it was totally glassy, when I paddled out it was 5 times harder than in the harbor. It took me an hour to catch a wave, but once I did I was hooked. I wanted to do it again and again. So that brings us to today, we are always on our SUPs and we have never looked back!
Age: 17 | Home base: Seconds (Hawaii Kai), Oahu, HI | Years Surf/SUP: 6 years
Sponsors: Ron House Boards, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Pualani Swimsuits, Scott Hawaii Slippers, Sweet Waterwear, Puka Patch Instant Ding Repair
Growing up in an all-around water family, I was introduced to every water sport at a very young age. Since I was a baby until I was about 10, my Dad would always take me tandem surfing or push me into waves on a long-board in Waikiki. However, I didn’t always like surfing. For a few years, I became very fearful of surfing and I would only want to body board. It wasn’t until I was about 12 that I really started falling in love with surfing. I started long-boarding again and slowly started to shortboard. I was introduced to SUP by my uncle, Robin Johnston. He is a North Shore board shaper and he was slowly getting into shaping SUPs. In Hawaii Kai, I live on a marina which is my backyard, so my family, friends, and I would play around on these huge SUPs. However, I never really got into SUPing until I did my first SUP race on the North Shore which changed my life forever. Press here to read more of Hallie’s story.
Aloha my name is Kolaiah “Fuzzy” Jardine and I am 34 years old from Waimanalo Hawaii. The ocean is what I do. Being raised in the islands where the ocean surrounds us I was destined to become a waterman. Although surfing is what I love to do, I enjoy hunting wild hogs, deep sea fishing, spear fishing, carving wooden surfboards, making wooden paddles, and the list goes on. I was raised by my Kupuna’s (grandparents) Alvin and Rebecca Jardine on the Big Island of Hawaii. My understanding of a simple life was taught to me by my Tutu Kane and Tutu Wahine. (Grandpa and Grandma). We had no electric or telephone and lived off the land and the ocean. My Father Kimo Miranda a well known Elite waterman has been a significant influence in my life. Having my Uncle Dino Miranda as a mentor whom has established himself in the surfing industry also molded me into the waterman I am today. From the moment I was pushed into my first wave by my mother Lei at the age of 6 I knew right then that the ocean would consume most of my waking days. Sure enough this has been the case ever since. At Ten years of age I pursued Body boarding and doing well enough to get me into the Morey Boogie Nationals in 1992 in Ocean Side California and place Third overall which led to my lifetime sponsorship with Viper surfing fins. As a waterman body boarding wasn’t enough, I realized that I needed to expand my horizons and onto Long boarding and short boarding I went. Placing well in the HASA and in the HLF events satisfied my ambitions, but still I was driven to accomplish more. With my need to experience new ventures and challenges I started hearing this hype about something called Standup Paddle Surfing. I was intrigued by the dynamics of this sport. Having a back ground in canoe paddling I was really interested to see the blend of these two sports. Each sport offers many challenges and to bring the two together really makes for the ultimate challenge. In 2007 my first opportunity came to me alongside a road in Waikiki an 11’0 soft top standup paddle board just sitting there calling me out and challenging me to take on this opportunity. Ha, and so I have, and this is where I am today. Putting all of my knowledge passed down to me by some of the surf industries most prominent figures and blending it with my cultural back ground as a “Hawaiian Waterman” I’m in pursuit of mastering my newest challenge, standup paddle surfing and also standup paddle racing. Developing my skill in standup surfing in breaks like Waikiki, Diamond Head and Makaha beach has led me currently to my greatest and most successful feat, Waimea Bay. As a Hawaiian in a dying culture I was taught to pass down all of your maumanao nui (All my important knowledge) to the keiki o Hawaii (Children of). Na Kama Kai (children of the sea) which is a local non-profit organization allows me the opportunity to do my part as a Hawaiian and give back. This unique program takes skilled waterman and puts on a free once a month clinic that teaches cultural and ocean awareness to the less fortunate keiki (Kids) of Hawaii. For me my journey has just begun and there are no guarantees to where my future will take me, the only guarantee I set for myself is that I will give 110% effort in all that I do. Fuzzy