Where you were born and where you live now?
From the Bronx, recently moved to Connecticut to be closer to my paddleboard!
What is your occupation?
Full time pastry chef, part time SUP instructor
Where do you SUP the most?
Westport, CT and Stamford,CT
Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?
YES!!!!! DOWNUNDER, obviously mate.
What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?
12’6 Bark race board — I LOVE it!
What paddle do you use?
Quickblade Elite Flyweight 83 all carbon
Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?
Yes, as my skill level improved I changed equipment. My first board was a Boga Tiburon which was great for touring and working out but I sold it after I bought my race board. As for paddles, they are always evolving. I went from a Quickblade Kanaha 90 to a Qucikblade Flyweight 83 carbon/fiberglass to my current Quickblade Elite Flyweight 83 all carbon – which seems to be perfect for me. The smaller blade size, lighter material, and decreasing the shaft length by five inches has improved my stroke and made me much more efficient.]
If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?
Coasta Rica! On my list of things to do very soon.
Best piece of SUP advice you’ve ever received?
Be confident… Don’t focus on what everyone else is doing. For me paddling is about challenging myself and achieving goals that I never imagined I could. It has been an amazing experience to learn what I am capable of.
Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?
I was SUP surfing with some friends at Long Beach and we saw a fin in the water and naturally we thought shark immediately – But it turned out to be a bunch of dolphins which was an exciting and memorable experience.
Favorite SUP nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)
Plenty of good old water! I never paddle without it. Hydration is so important.
Goals for this next year?
To challenge myself and race longer distances, starting with the Carolina Cup Graveyard
Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)
Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.
Line dancing – yes, seriously!
What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?
Sometimes my regular job really interferes with my ability to paddle as mush as I desire to! lol
What piece of SUP gear do you wish someone would invent?
I would greatly appreciate a way to keep my feet warm during winter paddling without having to wear booties. I hate not being barefoot on my board. Maybe a heated deckpad? Lol
What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?
Honestly, any time I win or place in a race I am still always surprised. I think the proudest moment was when I took second place in my very first race because I had only been paddling a few months and was so nervous. Doing well in that race was so exciting and encouraging.
Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through SUP.
My crew at DU! The friends I have made through Downunder are absolutely more like family now. Whether on or off the water, through good times or bad, we are always there for each other. They are the most genuine, loyal and hilarious people. I cherish all of our group outings, weekly paddles, and random hangouts at the shop.
What was your best SUP travel trip?
The sup yoga retreat I took this past February to the Bitter End in the British Virgin Islands. Led by Danielle Brown who is the sup yoga teacher at Downunder, we enjoyed a week in paradise – yoga, hiking, paddling, snorkeling, stargazing, crystal blue waters , warm sunshine and let’s not forget the rainbows!