PSUPA Advisors

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Julie Devoir

Julie Devoir

PSUPA Directors 2019 - / Instructor Trainers

Specialties: Flat Water, Water Safety, Fitness, SUP Yoga, Touring

Growing up near Portland Oregon, Julie’s family spent their winters in Hawaii where she learned how to swim before she could even walk. .Julie considers herself part fish and has spent considerable time snorkeling, diving and sailing .  Julie started with PSUPA shortly after its creation and was certified by Rob Casey as a flat water instructor.  As an experienced Yoga teacher, she quickly integrated these two activities into one.

When a business opportunity presented itself, that so perfectly aligned with their life goals, Julie and Curt closed down their SUP business in Washington to take over ownership of “Undertoe Mexico Stand Up Paddle Board Adventures” a SUP business on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico paddling in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean.  Located in a cruise ship destination town, their business quickly expanded from paddling for a few months out of the year in Washington, to a full time commitment introducing SUP to 1000s of 1st timers.

Since taking on the role of Director for PSUPA starting in Spring 2019, Julie has been focusing on growing the number of supporters who offer members, Pro Discounts, completing the industry’s first SUP Yoga Teachers Training Manual and introducing an environmental piece into the manuals (another industry first).

 

Curt Devoir

Curt Devoir

PSUPA Directors 2019 - / Instructor Trainers

Specialties: Flat Water, Water Safety, Touring

Based in Mahahual, Mexico (aka – Costa Maya), Curt and his wife Julie run “Undertoe Mexico Stand Up Paddle Board Adventures”, which caters mostly to Cruise Ship passengers wanting to experience SUP for the first time.  After taking over as the new owners in 2015, the business quickly introduced new offerings to include, Direct booking from the ships activity catalog, Retreats, Downwind and excursion tours.

Curt, grew up in Washington state as the youngest of six children. He joined the military after high school graduation to explore the world. While Curt was a Marine he married Julie and they spent several years exploring exciting new places. While stationed in Hawaii he became a PADI Certified Divemaster and in the Pacific Northwest, he received American Sailing Association, Coastal Cruising and Catamaran Cruiser certifications

Since taking on the role of Director for PSUPA starting in Spring 2019,  Curt has been focusing on introducing the new “Fundamentals” certification for Rental shops, Camps, Tour Guides and resorts.  He has also been working towards streamlining processes for instructors and candidates, developed online testing to insure continuity across the association, and growing the number of members by introducing PSUPA into new regions.

 

 

Rob Casey

Rob Casey

Co-Founder & Director 2013 - 2019 / Instructor Trainer for the Pacific Northwest

Specialties: Flat Water, Rivers, Downwind, SUP Surf, Water Safety, SUP Business

Rob is based in Seattle, WA, where he teaches SUP through his business Salmon Bay Paddle. He is the author of the first book on stand up paddle instruction, Stand Up Paddling: Flatwater to Surf and Rivers.  In 2016, Stand Up Journal listed Rob as one of the pioneers of stand up paddling.

His skills and knowledge are honed from over a decade of stand up paddling and kayaking year-round in the Pacific Northwest. Rob is an ambassador for Splinter SUP and a Safety Ambassador for MTI . He is also a member of the Washington State Paddlesports Advisory Committee (PAC). Rob runs or co-hosts several annual SUP races and competes in the Seventy48 (70 miles in 48hrs) on Puget Sound.  Rob is also known for pioneering freighter and tug wave surfing on Puget Sound in Seattle.

Tim Sanford

Tim Sanford

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Flat Water, Water Safety, Fitness, Surf, Touring

Based in Marina Del Rey, California, Tim has been a professional stand up paddle board (SUP) instructor since 2011 and holds numerous instructor certifications from both national and international accredited agencies, including the ASI (Australia) Level 1, 2 and 3, PaddleFit and the WPA. In addition, Tim, a member of US Coast Guard Auxiliary 12-and is working to include a SUP safety course via the USCGA.

Tim is an active SUP enthusiast who races and SUP surfs and was the team leader of the winning team for the 1st 100- mile paddle race from Redondo to San Diego (2014), has numerous podium finishes including 1st place in his class at the Santa Monica Pier paddle race 2014.  From 2011 - 2013 Tim Sanford sat on the board of Directors of the Santa Monica Pier Ocean festival and paddle board race as well as the LA WaterKeeper SUP for clean water races. A lifelong water sport enthusiast, Tim completed the ARC Rally Europe, a trans-Atlantic sailing race, as part of a two-man crew aboard the 34 foot sailing vessel, Blue Jacket.

Tim has spent time in El Salvador working with Puro Surf to evaluate and help create a community SUP program. In 2014 Tim launched his own line of inflatable stand up paddle boards, 360 Go Anywhere. Recently launched his online sup instructor and guide directory Perfect Paddles which highlights SUP trips and adventures worldwide.

Chris Martindale

Chris Martindale

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Flat Water, Fitness, SUP Yoga

Welcome new Instructor Trainer Chris Martindale to our line-up!  Chris hails from Michigan specializing in sup yoga.  A Marines vet, he found yoga which helped treat his PTSD. Chris works with Team Red White and Blue which helps vets through physical activities such as yoga. He also plans to offer scholarship sup trainings for military or veterans every year through my non-profit, Spartan Warrior Project.

Chris is co-Founder of Anchored MI, LLC in Michigan which is a floating paddle board studio offering paddle board and paddle board yoga classes, events, and retreats. In addition he's participating in the Africa Yoga Project where he plans to host a training annually.

Ryan Burch

Ryan Burch

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Flat Water, Surf, Kids Programs, Water Safety, Camps

Ryan is based in Brewster, MA where he & his wife own & operate SUPfari Adventures Cape Cod. As a veteran harbormaster, USCG Captain & water sports enthusiast, Ryan specializes in providing a fun, safe & educational SUP experience for people of all ages & skill levels. Ryan is the author of our Camp SUP Skills Certification. Ryan's business also provides PSUPA yoga instructor certification courses.

Larry Froley

Larry Froley

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Flat Water, Fitness, Water Safety

Based out of Roseville, CA, Larry has been involved in both stand up and prone paddling since 1999, including racing, instruction, retail, and a kit board design partnership with Chesapeake Light Craft. He offers kit boards through Gray Whale Paddle.

In addition to SUP instruction, he is also a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist with a passion for health, fitness and nutrition education and coaching through Froley Fitness Works. Larry is a retired CA State Park Ranger with experience managing boating safety, enforcement and lifeguard programs, which gives him a unique perspective on water safety issues and programs.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Flat Water, River SUP, Water Safety

 

Ian Smith is a standup paddle board athlete, guide, and writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work and videos have appeared in the American Whitewater Journal, SUP the Mag, The Paddler, Boarders Mag, and the Standup Journal.  In 2011, he founded SurfSUP Adventures based in Pittsburgh.  SurfSUP Adventures was the first whitewater paddle boarding school and outfitter in the Eastern United States. His variety of trip options include serene eco-tours, invigorating “on-water” yoga practices, and adrenaline infused whitewater surfing adventures.

Ian is also the founder of First Waves, an award-winning organization that uses standup paddling, the art of filmmaking, and digital media as a catalyst to inspire conservation and mentorship for at-risk youth.  In addition to teaching, Ian is a team athlete and SUP racer for ULI Boards, Werner Paddles, and Body Glove.

Additionally, through his First Waves (www.firstwaves.org) program, SurfSUP has developed strategies and curriculum for mentorship, therapy, education, and conservation for under-served youth and special needs groups.

 

 

 

Mary Sundblom

Mary Sundblom

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Flat Water, Fitness, SUP Yoga, River SUP, Water Safety

Mary Sundblom is the creative director and adventuress in Shaboomee, a SUP school in Carbondale, Colorado. She is also a licensed massage therapist and mind, body and spiritual coach. She specializes in sup yoga, river sup and flat water paddling. 

Wade Lawson

Wade Lawson

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Flat Water, SUP Surf, Water Safety

Wade is based in Los Angeles, CA, where he teaches SUP and SUP surfing through his business SUP with Wade. He is a big wave surfer who SUPs Mavericks on a regular basis and is highly respected in the SUP community. He also paddles outrigger canoes for the Marina del Rey Club in CA. He enjoys teaching and is always stoked to pass on what he's learned over the years.

Robert Stehlik

Robert Stehlik

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Flat Water, Downwind, SUP Surf

Robert moved to Maui in the late 1980s to windsurf and relocated to Honolulu soon thereafter. He started his retail shop Blue Planet Surf as a college project and continues to run it today. Robert has developed a line of Blue Planet sups and foils that are distributed worldwide. His Blue Planet YouTube page has over 11k followers and includes several instructional SUP videos on sup foil, downwinding, cross channel racing and more.

Robert also teaches all levels of SUP and also runs the popular SUP informational blog Zen Waterman.

Jim Virgin

Jim Virgin

Certified Instructor

Specialties: Water Safety, Flat Water and Rivers

As chairman of the Paddle Advisory Committee and Boating Program Advisory for Washington State Parks, Jim also runs Northwest Adventure Education. Jim is a former VP of the ACA, Washington Water Trails Association and also developed the Boy Scouts of America SUP award. A lifelong whitewater kayaker, Jim transitioned to SUP and is ACA and PSUPA certified. Jim lives in Vancouver, WA.

 

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