J.M. Kostallas


Growing up in Pompano Beach FL where the weather was always warm and the beach was right down the block from my house. I learn a lot about being a waterman at a young age. I later moved to Long Island NY where perused surfing as much as I could, but it was hard because I didn't live down the block from the beach anymore. It wasn't really until college, that is when I got my first SUP and that was around the time it was becoming well known as a great fitness workout. Going to college on the west coast of FL where it was mostly flat and there were no waves, when there were waves it was windy so I took up Kite surfing and when it wasn't windy I would SUP, I was always looking for adventures! From downwinders to just cruising the mangroves or heading to the east coast to surf or sup surf. By the time I graduated we were in the biggest session the country had seen. So I took it upon myself to start my own stand up paddle boarding business back on long island and called it Kostal Paddle where I have spent the last 5 years teaching lessons, supplying rentals, and giving tours of the beautiful Manhasset bay of Port Washington NY. Since it is only 3 months out of the year I tend to travel and surf, sup, kite and race while following the sun! My passion has been the water and watersports along with the environment they kind of go hand and hand. Once you find love for the ocean you just can't stop.

Home Town: Port Washington, New York

Sponsors: Fuse lenses, Turq sports , Clif bar,

Hero(s): My Parents, Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, Mick Fanning, Chuck Paterson, Jamie O'brian, Jamie Michell

Favorite Discipline: Sup Surfing

Favorite Sup Spot: Lido west , Lido NY

Favorite Equipment

Board: Kostal Paddle 7'6" x 29" x 3.5"

Paddle: Kostal Paddle

Industry Affiliations and Certifications

Americn red cross LFG/ CPR/ AED / First aid

Awards and Accolades

1st Place Soundsurfer Watermans Challenge 2016 (Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT. 06/18/2016)
4th Place The West Marine Carolina Cup 2016 (Wrightsville Beach, NC. 04/19/2016)
1st Place Clearwater Beach Classic (Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater, FL. 10/23/2015)
1st Place 2015 Uncle Richie Paddle for Breast Cancer (2-45 Bayside Avenue, Breezy Point, NY. 07/18/2015)
3rd Place Soundsurfer Watermans Challenge 2015 (Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT. 05/30/2015)
6th Place Florida Cup 2015 (15100 Gulf Boulevard, St Petersburg, FL 33708. 05/15/2015)
8th Place The Carolina Cup 2015 (Wrightsville Beach, NC. 04/22/2015)
2nd Place Soundsurfer Watermans Challenge (575 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT. 05/31/2014)
2nd Place Paddle Race for the Baykeeper (Havens Beach Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. 05/10/2014)2012
2nd Place Long Beach 10 Miler (July, 2012)
10th Place 27 Mile Sea Paddle (August, 2015)

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