PSUPA Advisors

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Rob Casey

Rob Casey

Co-Founder & Director

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 holds a number of SUP teaching certifications and 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.

Rob also contributes photos and articles on SUP technique, travel and safety articles for the Inertia, SUP Magazine, Stand Up Journal, the Wall Street Journal, REI and several others.  In 2012, he revised the 3rd edition of Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips for Mountaineers Books.

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 competed in the first Seventy48 (70 miles in 48hrs) on Puget Sound.

Rob is also known for pioneering freighter and tug wave surfing on Puget Sound in Seattle.

Carly Hayden

Carly Hayden

Instructor Trainer, YTT

Specialties: SUP Yoga, Flat Water, Water Safety.

Carly strives to create space for connection, celebration, introspection, and exploration in everyday life, and she brings that spirit into her joyful and creative yoga classes. She first fell in love with yoga at the age of 15 and heard the call to become a yoga teacher at 17. That passion became a career as a Yoga Alliance E-RYT (Experienced Yoga Teacher), Continuing Education Provider, Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, and the creator of the PSUPA SUP Yoga Teacher Training Program.

To Carly, yoga is not about striving for a perfect pose. Its about loving your body enough to care for it, tune into its messages, and be kind to yourself through the process. Off the water, Carly loves spending time with her husband and two daughters, getting into nature, seeking new experiences around their home in Everett, WA.

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.

Julie Devoir

Julie Devoir

Instructor Trainer

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

An expat of Washington State, Julie and her family relocated to Majahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico when they acquired the SUP lessons and tour business, Under Toe Mexico Stand Up Paddle.  She teaches sup yoga, basic lessons and offers tours of the coastline.

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.

Stu Schuck

Stu Schuck

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Flat Water, Fitness, Surf, Water Safety

Ocean Fitness, LLC  was created by brothers Stu and Brian Schuck to carry out our mission to offer professional, friendly instruction in Ocean Sports to enhance people’s lifestyles.  We have been dedicated watermen and private instructors for many years.  Ocean Fitness is a rider driven company and our team of instructors are all around watermen.

“We believe that every day is a good day in the ocean, no matter what the conditions are. We have lived by that motto for many years and we run the business with that mindset.”

We have been fortunate enough as long time surfers and windsurfers to have been in the right place at the right time and pioneered both stand up surfing and kite surfing in the Charleston area.

Our paddle board school located in the Isle of Palms Marina is dedicated to offering excellent service while providing professional instruction in the many facets of this sport.

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.

 

 

 

Shaine Ebrahimi and Mary Sundblom

Shaine Ebrahimi and Mary Sundblom

Instructor Trainers

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

Shaine Ebrahimi and Mary Sundblom both run Shaboomee, a SUP school in Carbondale, Colorado. They specialize in sup yoga, river sup and flat water paddling. Shaboomee also has a inflatable sup line that includes both river and flat water boards.  Check out their feeds for their inspiring year round photos of their trips, classes and stoked clients!

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.

Bodie Shandro

Bodie Shandro

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Flat Water, SUP Surf, Fitness

A lifetime outdoor enthusiast, Bodie Shandro first embraced the sport of stand up paddling in 2008, immediately recognizing the fitness benefits of a sport that combined all of his passions.

The skills and experience he has accumulated from competing in events such as the Battle of the Paddle and Molokai 2 Oahu, and through the camaraderie of the some of SUP’s elite athletes, surfers and adventurers has resulted in his development of Paddle Surfit.

He is a professionally certified SUP, Mt. Bike and Heli Ski Guide who shares his passion for the outdoors with aspiring enthusiasts and elite athletes worldwide. Bodie recently started his own inflatable sup company, Escape SUP.

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.

Chris Koerner

Chris Koerner

Instructor Trainer

Specialties: Open Water, SUP Surf, Kids Programs, Water Safety

Based in Dana Point, California, Chris has been involved with surfing, ocean racing and paddle sports for four decades. He has worked as an ocean lifeguard, run surf schools, outdoor education & junior lifeguard programs in the US and Australia, and was water sports director for a Caribbean resort.

Chris was an early proponent of SUP, and has been an active participant the evolution of surf, race and inflatable designs. He currently represents several brands, offers private surf & paddle lessons, and works with adaptive paddling groups and Wounded Warrior programs. Chris was also featured in a dog SUP'ing segment on Animal Planet which airs several times a year.

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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