Parker Ross

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia (born and raised)

Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… My first introduction to Stand-Up Paddleboarding was definitely unique. I was in the midst of learning how to become a raft guide on the James River and one of the veteran guides asked me to come out and try whitewater SUP with the Trinity School Outdoor Program. My high school schedule was hectic at the time but I made it out. I was thrown into class II and III whitewater without any prior SUP experience – I’ve been hooked ever since. Soon after, I began guiding commercial SUP trips (downriver/whitewater and eco-tours).

The body of water you’ll most likely find me on… You’ll almost certainly find me teaching SUP on the James River throughout the year and especially in the fall, spring, and summer.

Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite?…  My favorite board in the Hala fleet is the Hala Nass. It lets me attain upstream through the technical rapids of the Upper James River and confidently deal with whitewater rescue situations white holding enough gear, snack, and water for twelve people (on a 2-3 hour trip). I can use the length and stability of the board for whitewater and flatwater races, knowing I have tons of speed underneath me.

My next dream paddling adventure is… I have been working on planning a couple East Coast, multi-day expeditions on my breaks from college. I’m very focused on progressing Riverside Outfitters’ (the company I work for) downriver SUP day-camp programming. Teaching kids how to clean rapids, surf standing waves, and be safe on the water is where I have the most fun.

What I do when I am not paddling? I’m a full-time college student, pursuing a BA in English with a minor in Children’s Literature from Longwood University. I love wakeboarding, wake surfing, and sailing whenever I’m not paddling.

Social Media:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parker_ross_/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParkerIV
Snapchat: park3rross

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