Chris Parker steps down: cites burn-out as cause for taking a break

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The legend sits down.  Chris Parker, founder/creator of the online SUP resource SUP Racer, cites burn-out as his need to take a break from relentless travel, writing and diminishing returns.

But there are plans in the works for a new horizon.  Stay tuned!

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SUP Racer to Take a Pause

Chris Parker has long been the voice of stand up paddle racing.  Ever present with mic and laptop in hand, Chris “The Bossman” Parker is usually on hand at most of the sport’s major events including the Pacific Paddle Games, the Carolina Cup and multiple European races.  His electric writing style and hilarious presence, along with Bossman’s pure energy and stoke has helped bring the sport of SUP Racing to where it is today.

Singlehandedly, he’s been carrying quite a load.

Today, Chris announced his need to close the laptop and take a break from writing for SUP Racer and his madcap adventures all over the planet.  Exhaustion, diminishing returns and a need to ‘normalize’ his heady lifestyle with taking care of himself are reasons behind his decision announced today at www.supracer.com.

SUP Racer to Rise Again

However, (big surprise) he’s not done yet.  Chris promises to come back with a new platform including daily LIVE Facebook shows and other antics not yet formalized. As he says,

“my single biggest focus (and motivator) is a desire to tell authentic stories about our sport that really connect with people”.

He also reiterates his involvement with The Paddle League is still ongoing with assurances to his audience that the 2019 Paddle League racing schedule including World Title rankings will be coming soon.  More on that on the horizon.

We’ll Be Waiting, Bossman.  Rest Up.

Whatever your future holds Bossman, we salute you.  Your writing style and energy is a worthwhile component of this great sport.  Your pure stoke on commentating (what was better than Chris losing his voice at the PPG’s because of his excitement?) a force to be reckoned with.  Wherever you go, there you are.

At Standup Journal, we have NO doubt that this icon of SUP racing will be back, perhaps in a new form, to create a world of energy and new creations.  We look forward to that rebirth.  In the meanwhile, Bossman… take a rest.  We’ve got you covered until you’re ready.

Aloha, Chris.  Ride on!

 

 

 

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.