What is the Genesis of a Stand Up Paddling Community? In this episode of Stand Up Paddle The World Radio, Rob Casey and Troy Trimmer talk about the origins of Seattle’s strong Stand Up Paddling community and discuss the events and tools that others can use to create a strong SUP community on their own home waters.
What’s it like behind the scenes of a stand up paddle race? Spend a day with Stand Up Paddle The World Radio at “St. Paddle’s Day” an annual race held in Washington State along the beautiful “Hood Canal” Fjord. We talk with seasoned racers about technique, as well as first-time paddlers on the staring line. If you are interested in starting your own race, listen in as we talk with Cindy Sund, Race Director, at Alderbrook Resort and the St. Paddle’s Day Race. Chris Fry of West Bay Paddleboards has taken the plunge and is in the middle of creating his own paddle board race and discusses the importance of building community and getting sponsors. Get ready for the stoke of the year as young Grayson Poledna and his six year old sister discuss how they got involved in stand up paddle racing and why Grayson is her hero and how he stoked her to give it a try. If you would like to try stand up paddle board racing, or interested in creating your own race, this podcast is essential listening.
James Van Drunen is live with us again after just completing the “SUP 11 City Tour” in Holland. We speak with a very tired James and his Father Conard live in Spain, during an epic storm that has just hit their home, about his second epic race that snakes around Holland in 11 cities for 136 miles in five days. James and his father give great advice on competing in such a race and about the friendships and sponcorships that made the race possible.
Join us live at 24, a twenty four hour stand up paddle event that raises funds to help victims of cancer and their families. Meet Troy Nebeker and his family and hear how Cancer devastated their lives, but in the end brought them closer. Meet the paddlers and other incredible people in the Washington state stand up paddling community who came together for this incredible yearly event.
Charles Webb is a disabled surfer and stand up paddle racer. But such a label does not accurately describe this incredible man. He only dwells on what he can do, not what he can’t. Join us for an inspirational discussion on the magic of the human spirit and Charles’ journey to SUP racing and Surfing. Charles also talks about accessibility of beaches to the disabled SUP and Surfing community.
Fiona Wilde is ranked #3 in the world in Stand Up Paddle Board Racing, and surfing, and is a graduate of the “JET” team located in Hood River, Oregon. Steve Gates, owner and founder of the “Junior Elite Team” and “Big Winds” talks about the incredible genesis of the team and how hard work, dedication, and early morning stoke breeds incredible results in these children. Steve also discusses the challenges of starting your own Junior Elite Team and offers solutions and examples from the Jet Team’s journey.
Karen Parkkonen is passionate about the Columbia River Gorge and the incredible flora and fauna along the Columbia River’s many special places. She Stand Up Paddles and Surf Skis year-round in the Gorge and has a deep respect for the area and does her part in maintaing many of the shoreline areas, while practicing good river citizenship and promoting paddling safety.