Hometown: Durango, CO
Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it… I just started playing around a couple years ago, renting boards here and there and playing on our local lakes, and when traveling to Baja playing in the ocean. I have a long haired dachshund named Karl that is obsessed with paddle boarding. I live right down the street from Vallecito Lake, so in the evenings after work, you will often find Karl and I paddling around the lake.
The body of water you’ll most likely find me on… Vallecito Lake, Lemon Lake, The Animas River (only in the chill parts), or down in Baja. I have found that I like open water, the waves are still a little intimidating to me.
Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? … I have tried a variety of boards from Hala (Carbon Playa, Rival Hoss, Hala Atcha, and Nass). My favorite is the Hala Nass 12.6, it’s so versatile. I can go for short or long paddles with it and there is plenty of space if I want to have a friend ride with me (and of course Karl).
My next dream paddling adventure is… This is a hard question for me because I feel like anytime I am on my board I am having a dream adventure. I think an overnight would be fun. I do have a trip planned this fall that involves some fun paddling in Australia!
What I do when I am not paddling? I work for a wilderness therapy program in Durango, CO and although we don’t offer water recreation to our clients I believe in the healing power of nature. When I am working with families I am able to speak to my experience in nature and what it has done for me…for example paddling around the local lakes helps calm my mind and reset myself on a daily basis.
I love traveling and have been to some incredible places. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, creating yummy food, wandering the endless trails in my area, practicing yoga, reading a good book (usually sci-fi or fantasy), jeeping around the desert, and doing therapy dog work with Karl.