The Spring Issue, with cover by world renowned surf photographer Brian Bielmann, embraces the competitive side of stand up paddling in an exclusive interview with 5X world champion, Izzi Gomez after her historic win at the Barbados Pro Am last November. Next, an iconic tale of giving back and the healing power of the ocean through “The SUP Veterans: Rekindling Camaraderie” retreat to Punta Mita, Mexico. A historic gathering of 12 former Navy Seal commanders, Naval Aviators, Army Infantry officers and Green Berets come together to create the first ‘give back’ SUP Vets paddle surf retreat, powered by GenRation’s top tier coaching staff including world champ Sean Poynter, surf legend Ian Cairns, with pro paddlers Daniel Hughes and Felipe Hernandez. Want to help the vets connect back to the ocean and one another? Read how!
In hair raising detail, we experience the breath-by-breath description of last year’s Red Bull Heavy Water event told by 2X winner Casper Steinfath in “What Scares You Sh*tless?” You’ll also hear from power paddler LouAnne Harris, a New York waterwoman, on her navigation of the Mississippi River on a solo journey of 2,400 miles from source to sound. We celebrate the return of BC photographer Chris Christie in his photo journey, told in rich spreads and iconic imagery, on paddling the outer islands of British Columbia.
Embedded within this rich repast is our Naish Wing Surfer gear review. Plus, book highlights (Liz Clark’s Swell & Ian Cairns Kanga: both excellent reading for any water lover), and an incredible drop-in by luminary Graphic Design icon, David Carson, who’s passion for surf gave over one early October day in Lake Champlain to a new addiction for the innovative Lift eFoil. Salty adventures of stoke for everybody!
We hope you enjoy this issue of Standup Journal and we hope you, your family & loved ones remain safe. From our world to yours, aloha.