Heather Ireland

Hometown: Mancos, Colorado

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it: I have always loved being in and around water and grew up canoeing, water skiing, and lifeguarding. When I was living in Denver I was trying to find a way to get outside for some stress relief without having to drive a long distance, which can be hard to do in a big city. After trying SUP in Florida on a family vacation, I knew that this could be the key to what I was looking for. I was also about to start yoga teacher training and once someone showed me a picture of paddleboard Yoga, I knew I had to try! I bought my first board then and haven’t looked back. I love how peaceful it is on the water, I feel like all my problems stay on shore when I head out for a paddle.

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on: Jackson lake in mancos state park. It’s really close to me so easy to pop up there after work for a quick evening paddle or fishing session with my husband.

Which boards am I riding? Favorite? I have the rado and the Radito. I am out on the lake more often than not, but I do love some river time as well! The Asana was not in stock or else I would have gone with one of those. I’ve been really digging the radito, it’s tbe perfect size for me and it maneuvers so well!

My next dream paddling adventure is: black canyon below the Hoover dam! I have permits and hope to go next March. 11 miles of river, crystal clear water, and hot springs?! I am so excited! Eventually I would really love to paddle an international river, maybe Costa Rica?

What I do when I’m not paddling: I work as a wildlife technician for the BLM and I also teach Hatha and aerial yoga. I have way too many outdoor hobbies! I love skiing, mountain biking, trail running, climbing, and hiking. I also just started playing with stained glass!

Social Media:
Instagram: heather_b_22
Facebook: Heather Ireland

 

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