Please welcome Abigail McCarthy–a new Joe Paddler!
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1. Where do you SUP the most?
Lake Washington in Seattle, WA
ab_sup_dress2. What board do you ride?
Bark Dominator….the 14′ bright orange one from a few years ago. I love it and it’s visible so no risk of a float plane landing on me.
3. What paddle do you use?
4. Have you changed boards/paddles since you started? If so, why?
Nope. I rented and demo’d and when I started about a year and a half ago, the dominator was what all my friends werepaddling and it was so fast and so fun, so I bought one.
5. Where would you most like to SUP?
I’d love to explore some mangroves in the Caribbean; I feel like it would be an awesome way to check out fish nurseries.
6. Best piece of SUP advice you’ve gotten?
A friend recently told me to be patient and build my distance slowly this winter and spring so I can work on speed in the summer during race season. I feel slow when I paddle, but I remind myself of this and it helps!
7. Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while SUPping?
I’ve had big sea lions come scope me out while I’m paddling on the sound, but nothing super weird.
8. Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
 I often forget to bring snacks for longer paddles and get really hungry by the end….I’d love to know what other people snack on during races.
9. Goals for 2015
SO STOKED on this 100 in 100 paddle challenge you all put together; I’m at 76 miles right now and it’s day 50, it’s my first time ever doing the challenge and I am loving it. I’d like to focus on HR training for SUP- I’ve never done that. I’m also really excited about a technique workshop that my friend Sarah set up with a super-fast woman SUP racer (Lina Augaitis) coming up in March. Lots of good things!
10. Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
A burrito the size of my head and horchata from this place called “el camion” in Seattle.
11. Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
Surf, when I can get to the coast. I love to bake too.
12. Where you were born and where you live now?
Born in Portland, Oregon. Currently living in Seattle, WA.
13. What is your occupation?
Research fisheries biologist with NOAA
14. Who do you SUP with most often?
Probably my friend Angela. I like paddling solo too, helps me clear my head.
15. What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
I guess they just did invent it, but I paddle at dusk/night a lot so I’m super excited about the light-up paddle….
16. What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?
I have a history of shoulder injuries- I’ve had surgery on both sides from old surfing and snowboarding accidents, so I have to be careful to keep my technique solid.
17. What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
I did a buoy turn really tightly around one of the pocket buoys during a race last summer, one of my friends took a photo of it and you can see me passing two guys. It’s a little silly that I’m still proud of that, but I am!
18. Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through SUP.
My friends Renick and Elizabeth are great! They both paddle, he’s a very competitive sponsored racer and gives me all kinds of tips. They introduced me to my friend Angela and her husband, both of whom are way cool.
19. What’s your best SUP travel tip?
I haven’t really traveled anywhere with a SUP, but I’ve done a lot of surf travel- I’d say bring someone with you to keep an eye on your board bag in foreign airports and always bring rack pads and heavy duty straps.
20. Ask a question that you want Mullet Nation to answer   
I’d love to know what everyone’s favorite technique tutorials are to minimize shoulder stress. Also what do people snack on during long paddles?


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