Often people move from one sport to another due to past injuries. In the past, I enjoyed cross country mountain bike raing. It was a long time passion until my body start giving away.
"Life On The Water" has changed my lifestyle and gave my body a new way of living.
My First SUP board was 12.6x31 Boardworks Raven. I used to flip between my mountain biking one day and SUP the next.
Currently I own total of 4 SUP boards.
- 2012 Boardworks Raven 12.6x31
- 2013 Yolo Board 11.6x31 Inflatable
- 2016 Infinity Whiplash 12.6x24/260L Custom -Racing Board
- 2016 Infinity Blackfish 12.6x25.5.250L Custom-Racing Board
The Year was 2015. After spending two seasons helping Quest Outdoor's Boat demo, shop the owner let me use a brand new Boardworks Eradicator 12.6x26. This was the start of my SUP racing. I was ready to start racing with the perfect board. In 2015, I raced in a few easy local races and got the feel of SUP racing.
For the 2016 season I had late spring training and as soon as Paddle Monster was announced during the week of Carolina Cup, I joined right away. With the training started late in the spring, beginning of the Southern Stoke Series races effected the race results I was looking for. I then spent the whole year training hard with Paddle Monster. I even included the Chattajack training, though I was not in the race.
Huge changes in my race season for the 2017 came from the winter training. I Never missed a paddle session and or strengthening workouts. My main goal was to close 90sec to 2min deficit I had with each races in Southern Stokes races. Carolina Cup this year at Grave Yard was pretty tough for this flat water guy and was a learning experience in the tide. None-the-less, I and 6 to 7 people were pulled out from the race around 11.5miles (out of 13 mile race) at the South I let for safety reasons.
As I look over 2017 season, the most humbling experiences would be meeting all of the 100/100 group members who took time to meet me at big races like Carolina Cup and Chattajack. In both races it a was non stop meet up with each one of you. I couldn’t imagine I made so much of an impact on each of these people that they wanted to meet up. For that, I want to say a “Big Thank You” to each every one of you.
I hope I will continue to inspire people and see you on the water somewhere, sometime again......
My Story Before SUP Life
Back in 1999, I followed in the footstpes of my best friend who used to race mountain bikes. I was 25 pounds overweight at the time and needed to get back in shape. I picked up my “First Schwinn” and trained for a Cross country race that was to take place in 2000. I was with USA Cycling Association from 2000-2005 for NORBA sanctioned races. I still remember my first race. I was huffing and puffing and ended up with a DNF or Did Not Finish. I cut my right inner ligament of my knee with my suspension fork. Which Left me with 7 stitches and still to this day I have on and off knee issues.
In summary, I completd over 57 races in these 4 years. In 2004, I battle with lower back and sciatica problem suffering through entire seasons. I still remember how the day after the race I would take ibuprofen like vitamin pills and lay in the back of the car going home with my team mates. It was so bad that I couldn’t share the driving when we had 10 hour drives back home on weekends. I Used to call up nurse friend to hook me up some sample pain pills because ibuprofen wasn’t working. I ended my 2004 season a month earlier to nurse and find the solution to the issues. Our team had good thing going with sponsors and I was still going to race in 2005 but sponsor support fell through. We also came to the end of our friendship with small argument over team functions. I end up retiring from my cycling career and decide to do more social rides and other things. I couldn’t still walk way from racing so I planned to race endurance race called Mohican 100 in Ohio. It is a 100milebx-country mountain bike race. I trained on the trail at very same lake that I train for SUP today. Just like Chattajack training, I did 16 laps of 4.5miles per lap for a total of 72miles covering 2/3 of the distance. That goal never happened as my new training partner got injured. That dream never got fullfilled and maybe I could say that there is a still unfinished business to be done.
- 2004 NORBA National Championship Qualified
- 2004 NORBA State Ranking #1
- 2004 Southern Eastern Regional Championship Overall Point Standing-6th Place
- 2002 KY State Championship Overall 4th Place Overall
- 2001 KY State Championship Overall 2nd Place Overall