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Q & A With Helga Goebel


The WPA had the chance to catch up with Helga Goebel, arguably Florida’s fastest female, and one of the top paddlers on the East Coast and in the USA. A member of the SUP community since 2009, Helga has competed and taken first in dozens of events including (but certainly not limited to) the Key West Classic and the Florida ... Read More »

Q & A With Dani Schmidt


The WPA got the chance to catch up with Dani Schmidt, 404 team rider, and one of the top ladies on the east coast. One of the top contenders of the 2014 Salt Life Cup, Dani Schmidt is from Cape Cod, MA. Q: When did you first start paddling and on what type of board (or craft) before you started SUP? ... Read More »

Fernando Stalla Q&A

2x WPA World Champion

Fernando Stalla was crowned the WPA Champion in 2012 and 2013. His win in Mexico in 2012 came just two years after Fernando began Stand Up Paddling in 2010. However, he’s been surfing since he was just 8 years old. Fernando was born in the Fiji Islands and spent his early years in Brazil and Costa Rica. When he was ... Read More »

Karen Wrenn Q&A

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Karen Wrenn, one of the top female SUP racers just completed crossing the entire Channel Islands in Northern California this last week that is roughly 160 miles depending on conditions.  This is not small feat and Karen is believed to be the first person male or female to accomplish this feat. Q:  Congratulations with successfully crossing the Channel Islands.  Why ... Read More »

Q&A with Stand Up Paddler Chris Curry


Q:  When did you first start paddling and on what type of board before you started SUP? A: Started SUP surfing in Wrightsville Beach, NC during the summer of ’08 on a Gary Wilson EPS Quad SUP surfboard. As a newbie, I had an extremely frustrating & challenging experience in the surf the first time…the very reason I came back ... Read More »

Q & A with Rob Rojas


Q:  When did you first start paddling and on what type of board before you started SUP? A: I started paddling during the summer of 1994 in Pembroke Va., paddling down the New River on a Coleman Canoe.  After that, I started paddling OC-6s, Surfskis, marathon canoes and OC-2s in 1995. Q:  How did you get started in SUP? A: ... Read More »

Joe Bark, Q & A


When and who first got you into Paddleboarding? I first started paddling when I was in Junior Lifeguards and Alfred Laws was my instructor. He set an example for me, as he was a great ocean athlete and a great surfer.  At age 16 I did my first Catalina channel crossing on borrowed boards with a couple of friends. Who ... Read More »

Danny Ching, Q & A


What is a normal training day like for you? Weekdays up early and on the water 1 hr outrigger canoe, followed by 1 hr at the gym lifting weights and 1 hr of cross training.  Afternoon 1.5 hrs on the water either outrigger canoe or SUP.  On the weekends I try and go long with a group.  Usually 2-3 hrs ... Read More »

Shakira Westdorp, Q & A


What is a normal training day like for you?Probably a run or swim on my lunch break then a paddle after work in the creek. Do paddle back on days off… If the winds are ok for it . What goals do you have for yourself in the sport of SUP or other? I would like to win the Battle Of ... Read More »