Anthony Vela

HOME: Redondo Beach, CA

SPONSORS:
Boardworks, Maui Jim, Quickblade, Ocean Minded, Victory KoreDry, Honolua, FCS, SUP Mexico, Hydrapak, Vertra Elemental Resistance

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• 2011 Carolina Cup, 1st Place Elite
• 2011 Hennessey’s US Championships. 1st Place
• 2011 Surf Race to Victory, 1st Place
• 2012 US SUP Surf Champs, 3rd Place

QUOTE:
“My first BOP was 2010 in California. I was on the back of Dick Deboer’s lifeguard jet ski watching the Open Race. There were over 400 paddlers. What was most impressive for me was the variety of participants. Young, old, experienced, beginner, fit, not-so-fit… and everyone was having fun. I think the reason I love SUP is the same as most people: because it’s just so darn fun!”