Dana Point, CA February 10, 2014 – Born in Germany and raised in Australia, Ingo grew up life guarding and learning the various styles of water sports. In 1990 he ventured into outrigger paddling; paddling for The Hamilton Island Team while working on the Island in Queensland. Later he turned his focus to Surf ski paddling and competed in the 2000 Molokai to Oahu surf ski race.
After competing in Lifeguard competitions for years in California and Hawaii, Ingo found the new sport of SUP surfing in 2007 while living on Point Dume “I was stoked to find a sport that combined my years of paddling skills with my average surfing ability”.
In 2011 while on holiday in Florida for two months he crossed paths with Jeff Archer from Yolo Board who got Ingo on a race board for the first time and he was HOOKED! “I was happy to find a lot of my old friends from the Lifeguard races who were now competing in SUP. It was a nice surprise”
Ingo is a Team Rider for Yolo Board based in Oahu and recently designed his own downwind board called the YOLO “Xracer”. He resides there with his wife Ehiku and their two sons, Peanut and Pohaku. In 2013, they launched a clothing line called Mahiku with a focus on outfitting the standup paddle community.
When not paddling, Ingo works as an actor, best known for his role as Jasper “Jax” Jacks on General Hospital. While traveling the country for acting jobs, Ingo takes the time to offer SUP private and small group lessons, working as an ambassador for the sport and getting new people out on the water. Ingo is also passionate about protecting the environment.
Ingo’s Recent Achievements:
Overall Winner WPA “wet feet race” 2013
Overall Winner Haleiwa Joes race 2013
Quote from Ingo:
“I am proud to be the Official Spokesperson of The WPA as I am passionate about the sport of SUP and want to be instrumental in its growth. I am also proud to support an organization that will focus on helping to clean up our oceans and beaches for my children and their children to enjoy for years to come”
Quote from Kristin Artz:
“We searched for a well rounded person and athlete to represent The WPA community; Ingo embodies the spirit of the sport, the rules, the safety, the fun and the family aspect of SUP and we could not be happier that he will represent The World Paddle Association going forward”.