Hometown: Nanakuli, Hawaii
What I do when I’m not on the water: If I’m not in the water I spend time with the ohana or constantly fiddling around with new ideas in ocean sports.
How and when I got into SUP: I started to SUP as far back as 2004 with many of the original pioneers of the sport. This was the start of the contemporary stand-up paddling era.
What I like most about SUP: I love being in the ocean surrounded by wildlife, the solitude, feeling the raw power of the waves, and those reflections of peace along with that spiritual feeling of freedom away from it all.
Favorite Blue Planet gear: I currently surf the 9’0 Rock and Roller and the 10’0 Paradise Model. I also love the 14’0 Bump Rider. The Kai Zen paddles are also my favorite due to the blade design, strength, and lightness. I’m also liking the new 2018 SUP board designs that are currently in production.
What “Find Paradise” means to me: Being connected with everyone in the ocean and on land is what makes this place so special. From its sunrise, warm weather, blue-skies, to the beautiful sunset is what makes this place I live in…Paradise.
I’m proud of this accomplishment: I have accomplished a lot in my SUP career. From surfing, to racing, traveling, and to open ocean crossing. I’ve surfed California, New York, Rhode Island. I raced down the Hudson River as well as the Parker Dam in Arizona. But I think my most memorable accomplishment was crossing the Kaiwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu. I got very emotional when I crossed the finish line.
Something on my “Bucket List”: I really want to get into the next level of SUP which is hydrofoiling. I want to do and learn all aspects of this sport from surfing, to SUP, downwind, and channel crossings.