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Your Age: 35
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): We currently live in beautiful Buena Vista, Colorado. Our playground during winter and summer is the Arkansas River and up at Monarch Mountain. During the fall we hang out on the awesome beaches of Florida.
Weapon(s) of choice: In the summer, it's the Badfish MVP SUP board, in the fall, it's a Candy bodyboard mixed with our Beater Boards and in the winter we shred on snowboards or skis. As we travel around, our Original longboards come out to play as well.
As for shooting awesome images, my weapon of choice is a CANON 5d mixed with several lenses. My handy dandy Iphone 6 plus comes in great for those last second shots as well. :)
What’s an average day for you like? An average day for me gets started by homeschooling our three crazy kids (10, 7 and 6). Afterwards, we head outside for some adventurous fun. It could range from hiking, to skateboarding, to skiing, paddle boarding or chilling on the beach. It all depends on where we're located at the time. Those two activities dictate most of our days... school/fun.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? Whitewater SUP is tough for a beginner in that you have to prepare yourself for the mercy of the river. When falling off, you want to get back on the board as quick as you can, especially if running the river. Rocks (river sharks) are not your friends. They will tear through your skin quicker than you can imagine.
The easiest thing about this sport is that the river will grab a hold of you and never let go. Once you've had a taste, you'll want more.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? There are very few females in the whitewater sup world. Like any adventure/extreme sport, you feel you have to prove yourself. The great thing of course, is that when you do conquer awesome skills, you have the right to own it.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I love any clothing that is versatile. Clothes that can be worn from the river to a night out are awesome. Some of my favorite brands are Prana, UA, Patagonia, Billabong, and Carve Designs.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The thrill of the sport and catching your first wave gets many people hooked on river surfing.
What are three things you could not live without? I could not live without my chacos, melanzana hoodie and a good pair of sunglasses.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My biggest supporter has been my husband, Chris. He's a whitewater kayaker who tried to get me into that but after flipping over and running my first rapid backwards while upside down, it wasn't for me. When whitewater SUP began to come out, I knew that would be my sport and he's had my back the entire way.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? When I'm not hanging out on the river, I can be found grillin' out with my family and having a drink with my husband.
What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? This next season, I'd love to learn to control the board more and learn a flat spin 360.
Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Really looking forward to eventually hitting up Kelly's Whitewater Park in Cascade, ID. It seems like a great place to catch a wave or two.
What other extreme/action sports are you into? Longboarding, snowboarding and bodyboarding.
If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I'd be drawing, which I do, but thank goodness they exist.
Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Water, followed by a rum and coke.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't think I can ever "grow up". I basically want to show other women and my kids that now matter what age you are, you're only as old as you feel.
Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? instagram.com/haulinoats5