April 6, 2015

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 State Championships.
Originally from Brazil, Helga moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1998 where she worked in the wind surf and kite surf industry. She took up paddling to stay fit after a kiteboarding accident, and the rest is history!
Q:  When did you first start paddling and on what type of board (or craft) before you started SUP?

I started paddling in 2009 on an all around sup board 10’6 x 30″ and my first race board was a heavy 12’6 x 30″ board.

Q:  How did you get started in SUP?

After a Kitesurf accident, I was unable to do any exercise that moved my left leg to much, but I could stand in one place, so if I could stand, I could stand on a paddleboard to maintain my fitness. I started paddling everyday for 2 miles.

Q:  What is a average training day like for you?

Right now I am exercising to keep myself fit and healthy.  As Newton’s law of motion says “body in motion stays in motion”

Q:  What goals do you have for yourself in the sport of SUP?

My goal as a team rider and sales representative for Riviera Paddlesurf is to introduce as many newcomers to the sport as I can in a healthy and safe way.

Q:  What one tip would you give to someone aspiring to become a better paddler?

Keep paddling, the more you do it, the better you get. You can get a lot of advice how your stroke should be, but you need to do what works for you for now and slowly try to improve your technique and be patient. One time it took me 6 months to get rid of a bad habit. So be patient and you’ll get it. Also, what has helped me the most and is very important for anyone to do is to stretch very well and bikram yoga. Finally my last tip is don’t forget to drink a lot of water and eat very nutritional food.

Q:  What do enjoy most about the sport of SUP?

I love to be on the water.

Q:  What are goals for the future, they don’t have to be SUP related?

Future goals, ummmmm, I have a lot things that I would like to do but I haven’t set a goal yet.

Q:  What makes your motor run and what turns it off?

My motor runs on a very healthy and nutritional organic food.

My motor never turns off…. LOL
Q:  Who is your favorite athlete?

Danny Ching, Jamie Mitchell, Candice Appleby, Annabel Anderson and car race driver Ayrton Senna.

Q:  What would you most like to be remembered for?

My smile.

Q:  If you could lobby for one thing in the sport of SUP, what would it be?

Safety. Leash is more important than a life jacket in my opinion.

Q:  What is your biggest pet peeve?

Rude people

Q:  What are your favorite tunes while training?

I don’t listen to music while training.