Continuing with our theme of “youth,” this week’s Joe Paddler is Tristan Ferrara, AKA kidSUPracer
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Tristan Ferrara Answers Your Questions
Where do you SUP the most?
Lake St. Clair/Great Lakes (Michigan)
What board do you ride?
Right now my mom’s Jimmy Lewis Cruise Control, and my dad’s 14′ Bark Dominator, I have an 11′ Bark Challenger on order!!! Yippee!
What paddle do you use?
Quick Blade Flyweight 83′ full carbon
Have you changed boards/paddles since you started?
If so, why? yes, I started with an RRD kid paddle… It’s heavy aluminum with a blade the size of Michigan’s thumb!!!
Where would you most like to SUP?
Best piece of SUP advice you’ve gotten?
My power comes from my core.
Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while SUPping?
Having doughnuts pre-race with Joe Bark!!!
Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
Goals for 2014
Enter at least 6 races in the Midwest SUP Series, Kid’s race and 3 mile rec race. And win them all!
Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
Where you were born and where you live now?
Detroit MI/ St. Clair Shores MI
What is your occupation?
Shovel Snow, dog walker/sitter, rake leaves, cut grass, empty the dishwasher 🙁
Who do you SUP with most often?
My mom and dad
What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
A lake wave Machine!!!
What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?
Keeping up with my dad! (he’s Really fast)
What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
Winning second place in the kid’s race at the Great Lakes SUP Classic in Holland MI, and being congratulated by Jim Terrell at the finish!!!
Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through SUP.
Haven’t made too many friends my own age (11). But Our local Surf Shop owner Brian Lafeve has been a real friend! And has asked me to race on the Shop SUP Team!!!
What’s your best SUP travel tip?
Bring as many boards as you can fit. You never know what conditions you will get. Especially in Michigan!