SWEET SHOT! A SWELL adventure in ALASKA & March Photo Contest

Imagine Surf Contest entry by Ricardo Merculief, St. Paul Island Alaska
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March Photo Contest entry:  Ricardo Merculief of Alaska had this shot captured of himself by his gal, who had to swim to shore after her own board snapped in half.

Imagine Surf photo contest Ricardo Merculief Alaska
Ricardo Merculief squares off against a rising swell coming in from the Bering Sea, off shore St. Paul’s Island in Alaska.

“My girlfriend took this photo of me after her leash broke and one of my boards ended up in two pieces on the beach. She went for a swim but was fine. I had to drive around to the other side of the harbor to pick her up along with the pieces of my broken board.” – Ricardo Merculief

A Moment Captured is a Thousand Words

Last August, in his hometown of St. Paul Island in Alaska, Ricardo Merculief connects to the ocean through his stand up paddle surfing adventures.  In a unique location, St. Paul Island is situated in the middle of the Bering Sea and the wave shown here only breaks on a SW swell at 10-15 feet.  As an Aluet, Ricardo’s ancestors are an ocean-faring people and have built some of the best sea kayaks ever made out of driftwood and animal skins.  Inspired by Dave Kalama, Ricardo says he is the first local to surf this break on St. Paul Island.

This photo is a front runnner in our March Photo Contest sponsored by Imagine Surf.  Imagine Paddlesurf is awarding to one special winner a Mission DLX 11’x30 Inflatable sup in this month’s contest!

March Photo Contest guidelines:

1. SHARE a PHOTO of you stand up paddling in your favorite spot.  Link is HERE.

2.  TELL US about the photo.  Who is in the picture?  Where was it taken?

3.  SHARE WITH US what size, brand and model of board you ride.

4.  GIVE US a BRIEF explanation of why stand up paddling is important to YOU.


At the end of the contest, the overall winner (by vote!) will get the Imagine Mission DLX 11’x30 which retails at $1099.

Check out the GALLERY from other contestants and take a chance to WIN your own board from Imagine Paddlesurf!


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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.