TEAM

  1. HOF: Gary Wise

    HOF: Gary Wise
    Gary’s whole life has revolved around the ocean in one respect or another. Hailing from Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia, Gary started paddling a Nipper board in 1970 at age nine, switched to rowing surfboats in 1976, discovered SUP paddling in 2007, and most recently Outrigger Canoes in 2010. After competing in surfboat races for 28 years including winning...
  2. Jessie Benson

    Jessie Benson
    FloYo® founder, Jessie Benson, has always had a love of the beach and passion for being on the ocean. As a collegiate rower she was able to combine her sports background with her love of watersports. A few years after leaving the rowing world, Jessie discovered standup paddleboarding and instantly fell in love. Jessie first discovered SUP in the Gili...
  3. Leah Seacrest

    Leah Seacrest
    The moment Leah stepped foot on a SUP, her world instantaneously took a whole new direction. Her 20+ years in the fitness industry as an instructor/trainer to participants and colleagues, managing group fitness programs, and directing wellness programs collided with her new found love for the sport of paddleboarding. Over the past few years, Leah has had the opportunity to...
  4. Tyler Marshall

    Tyler Marshall
    An accomplished athlete, Tyler Marshall (or “T-Marsh,” as he likes to be called) finished 2nd in the 12’6” division of the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge in San Diego, CA on February 18th, 2015. The 2014 WPA Region 12 champion in the 12’6” division, Marshall has been racing since 2008. He is the founder and owner of DFW Surf, a surf...
  5. Christian Cook

    Christian Cook
    Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Christian now lives in Saint Petersburg, FL, with his wife Cindy, and his three boys, Kaleb, Noah, and Maximus. Christian began stand up paddling in 2006, and has been hooked ever since. He is passionate about being active, and helping others get fit with his unique approach called CrossSUP, which promotes personal water performance development. He...
  6. HOF: Reid Nelson

    HOF: Reid Nelson
    Reid was introduced to SUP while living in Naples, Florida and immediately enjoyed catching waves in the gulf. Once he learned about SUP racing, he was hooked on the sport and started competing in area races. A quick learner with natural ability, Reid already has several strong finishes under his belt including second place in the 2011 Cold Stroke Classic...
  7. Jessica D'aleo

    Jessica D'aleo
    A transplant to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida from Wisconsin, Jessica is passionate about being active, especially outdoors which led her to YOLO Board, conveniently headquartered in her hometown. She appreciates the flexibility of the sport as it allows for the exploration of all types of water environments while also being an activity that can be enjoyed by her whole family...
  8. Karen Tickner

    Karen Tickner
    Florida girl Karen was raised with a love of activity instilled into her by her mom, a physical education teacher. As a young girl, she was introduced to competitive synchronized swimming and then later entered the world of paddle sports competing in surfskiing, outrigger canoeing and standup paddleboarding. Karen continues racing in the Florida SUP scene, and is always seeking...
  9. HOF: Micheal Westenberger

    HOF: Micheal Westenberger
    Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Westy now resides in Chicago, where he sometimes paddles through ice-covered waters. He began racing on a lark – the result of a friend’s dare that he couldn’t complete the 12 mile Key West Paddleboard Classic. Finish he did, and ultimately he assumed an integral role for the annual event, serving as the Race Director...
  10. ANDIE JOHNSON

    ANDIE JOHNSON
    A true California girl, Andie hails from Huntington Beach and now resides in San Diego with her best friend and husband, EJ Johnson.  Andie was drawn to SUP in 2007 as it was a great way to get a low impact, head-to-toe workout, all alongside her dog Taco. Since then, Andie and EJ have been regulars on the SUP racing...

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