Ariel Amaral

I first discovered sup in 2008 while on a surf trip to Hawaii and it has shaped my life ever since. I am a Blu Wave Team Rider, Certified Paddle Canada Instructor & PaddleFit Pro Head Coach for Blu Wave SUP Academy. I have been racing for Blu Wave for 6 seasons, earning the WOMAN’S OVERALL SERIES CHAMPION title in 2014 and the WOMAN’S ELITE CHAMPION in 2016, 2015 & 2013. I compete in SUP Surf under the ESA, winning the WEST SHORE LAKE HURON FRESH WATER CLASSIC in 2014 & GAILS OF NOVEMBER in 2013. In 2015 I organized the First Annual BLUWAVE PADDLE 4 THE CURE raising over $15,000 and over $25,000 in 2016. I love to be around the water like a true SUP Mermaid.

Where do you live?
Barrie ON, Canada

What was your first SUP experience?
I tried SUP for the first time in Hawaii, tandem with my hubby attempting to ride small waves at Waikiki

What do you like to do most on a SUP?
I love to use SUP as a vehicle for adventure, speed, discovery, instruction, fitness and friends & family time.

Where is your favorite spot to paddle?
I love to paddle across Ontario, discovering different waterways from my own backyard on Lake Simcoe to all of the Great Lakes. There are some truly magical lakes up north where the water is clear and the only distractions are wildlife.

What do you like to do when not paddling?
When not paddling, I teach snowboarding, enjoy snowshoeing traveling and spending time with my family & friends including my dog Jett

Favorite Blu Wave Board?
My favorite Blu Wave board is the Carbon Race 12’6″. I love to race it on weekends but also use it to train, paddle with friends, do SUP Yoga and paddle around with my toddler so we can both go fast

Favorite SUP Moment?
My favorite moment on a SUP was becoming the first woman to complete the 65km SUP4MS charity paddle across Lake Ontario, leading the group with the Blu-Wave founder, Aaron Pilon

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