We've started a new series (that's on no kind of schedule because we like to keep you guessing)! Welcome to "Meet the Paddler" a series of email interviews with YOU, Mullet Nation, so we can all get to know each other better.
Want to participate? Click here to see the questions to answer.
And now we welcome Allison Vodolla, our first "Joes not Pros" interview! Thanks Allison!
Where do you SUP the most?
Weed beach in Darien CT
What board do you ride?
MHL or my 9’6 Yolo SUP board
What paddle do you use?
Have you changed boards/paddles since you started? If so, why?
I am a certified PaddleFit trainer so I have a few YOLO boards, boardwork and race boards. I am saving up for a SUPLove board because I like the feel of the board when teaching yoga or paddlefit.
Where would you most like to SUP?
Any Island but with 3 kids I don’t think that will happen anytime.
Best piece of SUP advice you've gotten?
Don’t paddle past your feet. Wasted energy and slows you down.
Weirdest thing that's happened to you while SUPping?
I was teaching 2 people how to paddle. Something caught my fin and I fell off my board and I was yelling shark and one person paddled away from me and the other came to help me, only to find out it was rocks. I always paddled on this route and never saw rocks there. So funny now but so not funny when that happened. New fin, bummer.
Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
Fruit and bacon, egg, and cheese and a lot of water.
Goals for 2014:
To keep teaching my 3 boys and get my 2 oldest ready to paddle 6 miles and my youngest to paddle 3 miles. I just want them to have fun and love SUPPING as must, as I love it.
Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
Nice cold beer after a race.
Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
I have 2 snowboarding and hot vinyassa yoga
Where you were born and where you live now?
I was born in Benington VT and now live in Darien CT
What is your occupation?
I have my own jewelry/handbag-yoga tote bags businesses. I hand make everything. I teach paddleboarding in the late spring to end late fall. I was a teacher until last year. I also do bookkeeping. Catering, and baby-sitting. One too many things.
Who do you SUP with most often?
My family, my husband and 3 kids. We do everything together. They also ski/snowboard too. Love my family so much.
What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
Good question, I don’t know. I try to make everything myself. Like I made all my board bags. I did think about having music for my PaddleFit class but they have that already.
What's your biggest challenge with SUP?
I love competition. This sport is changing and growing so fast. I think it would be the ocean. It has a mind of its own. When I go out to practice or be in a race the ocean can change in a heartbeat. Just have to be one with the ocean and give it your all.
What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
My first race was 4 years ago in the CT Challenge. I raised money to donate to cancer by making and selling my jewelry.
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