Photos: Greg Panas

Photos: Greg Panas

Word on the Water | Is SUP Cool?

Asked to attendees of the 2015 Carolina Cup // Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

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Robert Love

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Occupation: Deputy, Clay County Sheriff's Office
It is awesome. It's the best workout, it's the best drug, the nicest people I've ever met in my whole life and I'm serious. I just started, I have less than 12 months experience, I've not met one person with a bad attitude. This is my first race. This is the American dream for me.



William Lee

Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina
Occupation: Kindergarten Student
Yes, because it's fun.



Wendell Martin

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Occupation: Self-Employed
Standup paddling is cool because, well, look who we get to paddle with. These guys, they don't forget about us. We get to paddle with Michael Jordan we get to golf with Arnold Palmer. It's still kind of pure, you know? It didn't get messed up yet.



Fiona Wylde

Hometown: Hood River, Oregon
Occupation: Standup paddler, windsurfer, high schooler
Standup paddling is definitely cool. Think about it: you get to be out on the water no matter what the conditions, paddle around, have fun, catch waves, paddle crazy distances, you're basically snorkeling but out of the water. You can paddle anywhere you want in the world, it doesn't matter if it's a lake, a river, an ocean, anything.



Roch Frey

Hometown: Encinitas, California
Occupation: Event Producer/Coach
Of course standup paddling's cool. You can walk on water. What's cooler than walking on water?


Meredith Brandt

Hometown: Washington D.C.
Occupation: Non-profit worker
It's very cool and it's cool because it's such an accessible sport for everybody. No matter who you are, no matter what ability you are, everybody can do it and that's why it's so awesome.

This feature originally ran in the Summer 2015 issue.

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