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?
I started paddling in the winter of 2010 I got my first surf SUP and took it out flat water paddling through the winter because I was so excited I finally got one! Before SUP I had been surfing since I was 9 and paddling prone rescue boards life guarding since 2003.
Q: How did you get started in SUP?
I got started in SUP out of the desire to be on the water as much as possible and before I even got a paddle board I knew I wanted to race. I was inspired by my good friend Gillian Gibree.
Q: What is a average training day like for you?
An average training day for me depends on the time of year, in the winter months I could go a month without being able to get on the water so I will work on strength training and CrossFit. When I am at my height in training volume I will try and get double workouts in a couple times a week if time allows. Either double paddles or CrossFit and a paddle.
Q: What goals do you have for yourself in the sport of SUP?
Goals that I have for myself in SUP are to become mentally stronger, I know I have a weakness when it comes to keeping it together when I am in a tough race such as the Carolina Cup. I have come to realize how much it can affect your performance!
Q: What one tip would you give to someone aspiring to become a better paddler?
The best advice to give someone who wants to become a better paddler is to get on the water as much as they can, but make sure you are still enjoying it because it will make training harder if you come to dread your workouts
Q: What do enjoy most about the sport of SUP?
The thing I enjoy most about SUP is the community of friends across the entire world it has allowed me to make. We all come together over our love for water, regardless of the fact that we are competing against one another.
Q: What are goals for the future, they don’t have to be SUP related?
My goals in the future are to continue perusing SUP racing and to also be successful with my jewelry business Ocean Love Designs. Working for myself and traveling sounds like perfection!
Q: What makes your motor run and what turns it off?
I can get motivated easily by my peers and sunshine and unmotivated by February in MA!
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
I look up to a lot of athletes in a lot of different sports for different reasons
Q: What would you most like to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered for doing what it takes to be happy and enjoy what we have in life.
Q: If you could lobby for one thing in the sport of SUP, what would it be?
I would like to see SUP racing stay (or become more) simple yet remain fair
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is ungratefulness
Q: What are your favorite tunes while training?
I like to switch up music a lot while I’m training, I also don’t always listen to music, since I don’t listen to it while I’m racing.