Alexa Suess

Where you were born and where you live now?

I was born in Southampton, NY and raised in Greenport, NY. After moving to NYC for awhile I came back to Greenport. I just couldn’t be away from the water.

What is your occupation?

I’m a silversmith, a graphic designer & marketing consultant, and I own a fashion house based out of NYC. As you can imagine, I stay pretty busy.

Where do you SUP the most?

I spend the majority of my time training and paddling on the Great Peconic Bay and the Peconic River. Circumnavigating Shelter Island provides a nice 19 mile ride that also has a lot of beautiful coves and wildlife.

Alexa Suess

Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?

Yes! One Love Beach in Greenport, NY. They were the ones who helped me with all of my gear and pushed me to start racing. I am forever grateful for their help and encouragement.

What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?

I’m currently on a BOGA 12’6 Typhoon Team Edition

Do you own any other paddleboards, surfskis or OCs and what kind?

I don’t currently though eventually I want to put the capital aside for a decent quiver. I do ride my father’s Coreban 14′ Turbo occasionally as a challenge board. We’ve nicknamed it “The Spirit Crusher” for a reason.

Alexa Suess

What paddle do you use?

Carbonerro Bamboo but looking to switch to something lighter.

Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?

I just recently switched from a shortie 11′ touring board that had been crushed by a shipping container and frankenstein-ed back together to my shiny new BOGA race board. When I got my touring board I had no intentions of racing seriously but after one or two races I knew I was hooked and I needed something that was more efficient. I have to say that training on that short little touring board really improved my endurance and strength though. I think it helped me in the long run.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?

Bora Bora. Thailand. I think it would be very cool to paddle the Fjords.

Best piece of SUP advice you’ve gotten?

I once read that paddling should be like planting your ski poles in the snow and pulling your body through. For some reason that idea really clicked and to this day helps me to remember to plant the paddle in firmly and engage the larger muscles in my core to propel me forward versus just pushing the water.

Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?

Damn! I wish I had an amazing story about a pod of dolphins or a whale or something like that but I don’t. I see seals a lot now that it’s colder. They’re funny. I’m just waiting on one to hop up on my board… I’ll get back to you when that happens.

Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)

GU works for me during races. During long touring trips I like dates and chia seeds.

Goals for this next year?

The Great Peconic Race as a warmup and then Chattajack.

Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)

After a long paddle, an IPA and a black bean burger. After a long race – a six pack and a whole pizza. It’s happened. I’m not ashamed.

Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.

Though it’s technically one of my jobs, I really do enjoy silversmithing. It’s a very rewarding thing to make someone’s wedding band. I love welding too… there’s something very gratifying about taking something so concrete and bending it to your will.

What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?

I feel like the sport is growing every day – there will always be something new. But for me, less is more.

What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?

Endurance. I’ve always been a sprint runner – not a long distance runner. Same with SUP. Dialing in my nutrition and ensuring I don’t obsessively overtrain will be my goals for next race season.

What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?

Getting first place at the recent Westport SUP Classic race is definitely up there. That was a really tough one – mentally and physically.

Alexa Suess

Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through SUP

I wouldn’t have started racing or taking SUP seriously if it wasn’t for this great group of SUP buddies. Chris & Blake, Evelyn, Jac, Tim, Ian & Jackson, Ann, Jenn, Rob, Shawna… too many awesome people to name.

Alexa Suess

What’s your best SUP travel tip?

For god’s sake… twist your straps. Unless you want to hear an infernal buzzing noise for your four hour car ride.

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