Team Whatzsup Hong Kong

香港團隊

KELVIN CHAN

KELVIN CHAN

Team Whatzsup Paddler
RICKY LI

RICKY LI

Team Whatzsup Paddler
FRANKI NG

FRANKI NG

Whatzsup HK Director
JAKE TAYLOR

JAKE TAYLOR

Team Whatzsup Paddler
JACK SEYMOUR

JACK SEYMOUR

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CHRISTOPH DWORZAK

CHRISTOPH DWORZAK

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ISAMU SAKAI

ISAMU SAKAI

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EDMUND LAI

EDMUND LAI

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DARREN HESTER

DARREN HESTER

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BRYAN NG

BRYAN NG

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TOBIAS REEUWIJK

TOBIAS REEUWIJK

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BUDDY WEEKS

BUDDY WEEKS

Team Whatzsup Paddler

KELVIN CHAN

Team Whatzsup Paddler

When did you become interested in Standup paddling (SUP)?

I injured my back playing American football and had a hard time surfing after that. SUP was a great way to still get in the water and let my back heal and became a real love of mine! Racing and surf SUP.

At what point did you decide to compete in the SUP race and why?

The first time I competed was an accident. I was at Sai Kung doing my own training (if you could call it that) and saw one of the HKSUPBA league races. Everyone was so friendly and I decided to try it out!

Does practice and completing interfere with your normal life?

Practice actually makes my life better. I consider a day where you get to go out on the water a truly blessed one that improves all aspects of your life. From gratitude formative to honoring your own body with a workout, there aren’t many other sports where you can truly be one with your surroundings.

How much time do you spend practicing in a week or month?

I get out as much as possible in the early mornings, 2-3 sessions per week and usually a longer paddle on the weekend.

What’s the one thing you love about SUP?

The view! Whenever there’s good water clarity it’s such a beautiful vantage point to experience the vastness of the ocean (or lake)!

What are your upcoming competitions?

I’m training for a few races in Southern California for 2018, haven’t decided which ones in particular quite yet!

Where do you usually go for practicing SUP or maybe just do some casual paddling in HK?

When I’m in HK I enjoyed going out with friends from Outward Bound. In Hawaii I love paddling around Kahala, Diamond Head and out to the Mokulua islands on the east side.

Is there anyplace in HK you would recommend others to try out SUP? 

Blue Sky Sports Club is the best place to go for starters! It’s where I started and a very supportive community to keep you going.

What goals do you have for 2018 and what do you want to accomplish?

In 2018 I’d like to SUP surf during a large California swell and get barreled!

Any tips for beginner paddlers out there?

Get out and have fun! The more you SUP the easier it gets and is way more fun than a boring gym, SUP can get you toned and in shape!

Which board and paddle did you used the most, and why?

I love my SIC air glide 14” and Kialoa carbon paddle for racing. It cuts through chop well and is quite stable. One day I’ll move up to a proper hard board!

What events did you participate last year (2017) and which one did you enjoy the most?

The HK International SUP Championship was a blast! Camping on the beach and paddling with the pros is such a great experience I recommend for anyone who is even mildly interested in SUP.

 

RICKY LI

Team Whatzsup Paddler

I started getting seriously in love with SUP about 2 years ago in the summer of 2015, at first it was the SUP cruising feeling that really attracted me. I live by the sea and I can get to paddle very easily, there’s a beautiful island about 1km away from my house and I used to paddle there almost everyday.

After I met Bryan (our team captain) later in the same year, he helped me to improve my paddle techniques, I also found my strength getting stronger after many practice, I was starting to try and study different boards & paddles.

FRANKI NG

Whatzsup HK Director

When did you become interested in Standup paddling (SUP)?

My first taste of SUP sport was back to 2009 while my brother bought his first SUP, I literally fell in love with the sport so incredibly quickly, it was a confirmation to me that all the star were aligned, everything was perfect. (Quoted by Prince Harry on how he described himself attracted by and in love with Meghan Markan)

Which board and paddle did you used the most, and why?

The board I used the most for 2017 was the SIC X12’6 Pro Air-Glide, paddle was the QB Superfly 92

What is your favourite thing about that board and paddle?

SIC X12’6 Pro AG is a very light and stable board, most importantly it is incredibly fast; besides that, since the board is the inflatable version of the X-series, one of my favourite SIC model, it is easy for me to carry around and use in different spots.  For the QB Superfly 92, I’ve been using it for over 5 years, still crazily light and reliable, I like the flex of the shaft…not too stiff, feel very comfortable even when I paddle long distance, both are amazing.

How much time do you spend practicing in a week or month?

Urr…haha…(face getting red), not enough these day, to be honest, too embarrassed to tell the number, but would definitely get back out more, since it is one of my absolute favourite water-sport.

 

What motivates you to get better and better each day?

Two things mainly, firstly I would like to be a role model of my daughters, showing them we should always work hard if you want to be good at something.

Secondly, a more straight forward reason is that I love SUP paddling, I enjoy the healthy feeling while paddling in the ocean, by the beautiful shoreline or into the mangrove area. SUP is a fun sport, easy to learn, great for training

Do you think SUP will one day be in the Olympics games now that surfing recently got accepted? And how do you feel about it?

I strongly believe that SUP would become a very popular event in the Olympics Games very soon, SUP is no longer for only a cluster, it is a very popular sport worldwide today.  Million of people are doing it, thousands of competitions every years; Well established race rules, judges system; you may find the best gears and equipment around easily. Both software & hardware are ready, all these necessary requirements are in place, I say getting into Olympics Games is only a short matter of time.

If you are giving advice to any young up and coming paddlers, what would you say?

Well, if you are hesitating whether you should try the sport, my suggestion is there shouldn’t be a hesitation, it is fun and easy to learn, try it today, you won’t be regretted.

Do you do any other sports outside of stand up? If so what are they and how do they help with cross over training – if at all?

I do all kinds of sport, sport is a big part of my life.

Other than SUP paddling, I like swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, dragon boat paddle, Muaythai kickboxing, snowboarding, badminton, snookers…etc., you name it…haha..  All sports are good in terms of being healthy, fun, finding excitement…etc. Some help to improve my endurance, some are good strength training, and some are good for training my patients and focusing, while other help me to relax.

How’d you get hooked up with Whatzsup? Tell us a bit about your relationship there…

Here’s the little story about Whatzsup and I, I set up Whatzsup with my partners 5 years ago, before the company was born, I’m just simply enthusiastic about SUP paddling and would love to tell all my friends how great it was, the sport was not as popular as it is back then in Hong Kong, I sometimes find it not easy to deliver a full picture to my friends how the sport is like by just talking about it.  After my partners and I decided to turn our loving hobby into a business, bringing best gears and equipments to SUP lovers, the very first thing come up is to think of a catchy name for the company, the name “Whatzsup” has come up very quickly, What’s SUP? isn’t it not the best name to introduce the sport and ourselves, and we’re super stoke and proud to be the favourite SUP gear shop in Hong Kong today.

Where do you see HK SUP in the next few years? 

I can see all kind of positive and potential of SUP at Hong Kong in the future. Continuing the growth of SUP population; SUP athletes become more and more professional, getting better results in the stage of international competitions, and it is actually happening already;  My wish is that SUP would be officially recognised by the SFOCHK; backed by the government; and having more support from corporation.

Do anything you want to say to those who are interested in the SUP sport but are still considering whether to compete in a professional level, especially those in HongKong?

If someone is having thoughts on turning a hobby into professional, that’s something huge, it is especially precise in the environment at Hong Kong. Professional athlete in HK does not have much support as a lot of western countries like US, UK, AU…etc., I would say to them to hold to their heartfelt to what they’re trying to  accomplish especially while they’re encountering failure or hitting the wall; always stay hungry in getting success.  Whatzsup has been offering SUP athlete sponsor program for 3 years, if anyone who is determined, having a clear purpose and believing yourself is potential, feel free to introduce yourself to us, we are keen to help someone especially youngster with determination to reach their achievement.

JAKE TAYLOR

Team Whatzsup Paddler

When did you discover stand up paddle boarding what appeals about SUP?

I first tried Stand Up Paddling in 2011 in the Boston Harbor in summer. I was doing a lot of sea kayak guiding and instructing, when a colleague of mine showed me her SUP. I hopped on it and had a blast. I really enjoy the vantage point you get on the water, and I find I am better able to use more of body while paddling then I do while kayaking or canoeing.

Did you find it easy to learn or was it an uphill struggle?

Because I was a competitive swimmer all thru school, and I have been active in paddle sports for a long time, it was fairly easy to switch to SUP. Though, as I have progressed into SUP surfing, white water, and racing I have definitely plateaued several times.

Do you do any sports outside of SUP? If so, what are they and how do they help with cross over training – if at all?

Of course! I have not found a single water sport that I have not enjoyed. I do a lot of sea kayaking, surfing, sailing, swimming, and canoeing. Because of my work as an outdoor adventure educator, I am active in a lot of other outdoor pursuits such as climbing and hiking. They’re not a traditional sport, but they take a lot of fitness, coordination, and mental stamina. I also skate, cycle, and trail run.

For myself, I have always found some benefit from one sport to the other. In many cases it is just physical conditioning, where others, such as surfing, I feel help improve my balance and coordination. Sailing and sea kayaking have really increased my awareness of the wind and swell to use to my advantage. Climbing really helps with mental stamina since I am not a huge fan of heights.

How’d you get hooked up with Whatzsup? Tell us a bit about your relationship there…

It’s a funny story actually. I was borrowing a friend’s SUP and paddle on a windy day back in the spring of 2015, and I broke their paddle shaft in half. That was partly because the paddle was old, and I was also putting a lot of torque on the paddle. I went to Blue Sky to see about purchasing another paddle and found out about the Whatzsup shop in Sai Kung. From there I kept running into their staff at events and around town. After the first international race in 2015, I got to know the owner and his brother better.

After the second international race in 2016 out at Tai Long Wan, I was asked by Franki to join as a Team Rider for them. I was pretty siked about it. I paddled a few different boards, and then I found the ONE SUP Evo to be a pretty good board for a variety of races from flat water to wind and chop.

 

Which events will you be focusing on next year?  

I will really be focusing on the longer races of 8 km and upwards, especially those that are more open to wind and swell. I have never been a sprinter, so my focus will be on the races that require endurance and reading the wind and swell. The longer, open races need not only physical strength and technique, but require you to read the ocean.

Do you think SUP will one day be in the Olympics now that surfing has been accepted? And how do you feel about it?

Absolutely! The sport is growing exponentially, and there are so many ways that SUP can be used. I think once more consistent regulations are in place it will be apart of the Olympics. It is a fairly simple sport to get started with and the community is very open. Hopefully, SUP will never take on the “elitest” attitude that some sports have.

Which board and paddle do you use the most and why?

At the moment I have several boards and paddles that I am using for different purposes. I have a 9’6” inflatable (NRS Czar) with a 3 piece fiberglass paddle (Werner Session) that I use for whitewater and traveling. I have a 14’ inflatable (SIC Airglide FX Pro) with a 90 sq in carbon/glass blade and shaft that puts my arm at an 80 degree angle carbon and glass blend (SIC Glide) that I use for downwinders and training.

The board I am using for racing and performance is a 14’ 23” (ONE SUP Evo) with a 100 sq inch carbon blade and shaft length that puts my arm at around a 60 degree angle (Hulu Carbon by Kiaola). It’s a skinny board, that I am growing into. I really like that it doesn’t take much effort to get it going, and when there are some bumps on the water it is really easy to catch them!

Can you tell us a little about the sport SUP?

Well SUP is a fast-growing sport, and it has spread from races and sprints to including surfing, whitewater, and a combination of these. The community is very open and positive, and many people that compete in SUP are also multi-sport athletes. SUP boards are getting more affordable from different construction designs and easier to store with the advent of inflatables and sturdy break down paddles.

 

Where do you see HK SUP in the next few years?

I have been living here for 3 years now, and every year there seems to be more and more people out on the water on SUPs. It’s great to see, since of the other water/paddle sports I find it easier to get people started. It’s more intuitive and natural I think then say kayaking. The races have been growing as well, so I could see it growing in Hong Kong and China to be similar to the races and competitions in North America or Australia.

What’s the most misunderstood thing about SUP?

Well, at first, board sports and paddle sports wanted nothing to do with it. Now that it’s gaining popularity and people are showing there is a lot that can be done with it, the ISA and the ICF are arguing about who should regulate it. I find that to be the most misunderstood part. It’s not purely a board sport, nor is it purely a paddle sport. It is a hybrid of the two. When most people get on it to paddle flatwater they try to treat it like a canoe or kayak, which isn’t the most effective way. When people get them out in the surf, they try to treat it exactly like a surfboard and forget the paddle, which reduces what you can do with it.

What’s the one thing you wish people knew about it?

For me, I would say that regardless of your physical ability and coordination there is a board that can suit you, and falling off of the board is completely allowed! It’s a part of the fun and the challenge.

Is there anything you would say to those who are interested in SUP sport but are still considering whether to do it?

Hmm…I would say at the very least trial it out a few times. You don’t have to go out and buy a brand new board and paddle. There are plenty of rental shops popping up that you can go and have a taster session. With that in mind, if you don’t have any prior water sport or paddle sport experience, I would get a lesson first. And Youtube videos don’t count!

If given the chance, would you be interested in representing Hong Kong in a competition in another country or internationally?

As of the end of 2017, I will have been living and working in Hong Kong for 3 years, and during that time I have spent a total of 5 weeks in my home country of the US. I would be excited and happy to represent Hong Kong in an SUP event if given the chance!

JACK SEYMOUR

Team Whatzsup Paddler

CHRISTOPH DWORZAK

Team Whatzsup Paddler

When did you become interested in Standup paddling (SUP)?

I injured my back playing American football and had a hard time surfing after that. SUP was a great way to still get in the water and let my back heal and became a real love of mine! Racing and surf SUP.

At what point did you decide to compete in the SUP race and why?

The first time I competed was an accident. I was at Sai Kung doing my own training (if you could call it that) and saw one of the HKSUPBA league races. Everyone was so friendly and I decided to try it out!

Does practice and completing interfere with your normal life?

Practice actually makes my life better. I consider a day where you get to go out on the water a truly blessed one that improves all aspects of your life. From gratitude formative to honoring your own body with a workout, there aren’t many other sports where you can truly be one with your surroundings.

How much time do you spend practicing in a week or month?

I get out as much as possible in the early mornings, 2-3 sessions per week and usually a longer paddle on the weekend.

 

What’s the one thing you love about SUP?

The view! Whenever there’s good water clarity it’s such a beautiful vantage point to experience the vastness of the ocean (or lake)!

What are your upcoming competitions?

I’m training for a few races in Southern California for 2018, haven’t decided which ones in particular quite yet!

Where do you usually go for practicing SUP or maybe just do some casual paddling in HK?

When I’m in HK I enjoyed going out with friends from Outward Bound. In Hawaii I love paddling around Kahala, Diamond Head and out to the Mokulua islands on the east side.

Is there anyplace in HK you would recommend others to try out SUP? 

Blue Sky Sports Club is the best place to go for starters! It’s where I started and a very supportive community to keep you going.

What goals do you have for 2018 and what do you want to accomplish?

In 2018 I’d like to SUP surf during a large California swell and get barreled!

Any tips for beginner paddlers out there?

Get out and have fun! The more you SUP the easier it gets and is way more fun than a boring gym, SUP can get you toned and in shape!

Which board and paddle did you used the most, and why?

I love my SIC air glide 14” and Kialoa carbon paddle for racing. It cuts through chop well and is quite stable. One day I’ll move up to a proper hard board!

What events did you participate last year (2017) and which one did you enjoy the most?

The HK International SUP Championship was a blast! Camping on the beach and paddling with the pros is such a great experience I recommend for anyone who is even mildly interested in SUP.

 

ISAMU SAKAI

Team Whatzsup Paddler

When did you become interested in Standup paddling (SUP)?

I injured my back playing American football and had a hard time surfing after that. SUP was a great way to still get in the water and let my back heal and became a real love of mine! Racing and surf SUP.

At what point did you decide to compete in the SUP race and why?

The first time I competed was an accident. I was at Sai Kung doing my own training (if you could call it that) and saw one of the HKSUPBA league races. Everyone was so friendly and I decided to try it out!

Does practice and completing interfere with your normal life?

Practice actually makes my life better. I consider a day where you get to go out on the water a truly blessed one that improves all aspects of your life. From gratitude formative to honoring your own body with a workout, there aren’t many other sports where you can truly be one with your surroundings.

How much time do you spend practicing in a week or month?

I get out as much as possible in the early mornings, 2-3 sessions per week and usually a longer paddle on the weekend.

What’s the one thing you love about SUP?

The view! Whenever there’s good water clarity it’s such a beautiful vantage point to experience the vastness of the ocean (or lake)!

What are your upcoming competitions?

I’m training for a few races in Southern California for 2018, haven’t decided which ones in particular quite yet!

Where do you usually go for practicing SUP or maybe just do some casual paddling in HK?

When I’m in HK I enjoyed going out with friends from Outward Bound. In Hawaii I love paddling around Kahala, Diamond Head and out to the Mokulua islands on the east side.

Is there anyplace in HK you would recommend others to try out SUP? 

Blue Sky Sports Club is the best place to go for starters! It’s where I started and a very supportive community to keep you going.

What goals do you have for 2018 and what do you want to accomplish?

In 2018 I’d like to SUP surf during a large California swell and get barreled!

Any tips for beginner paddlers out there?

Get out and have fun! The more you SUP the easier it gets and is way more fun than a boring gym, SUP can get you toned and in shape!

Which board and paddle did you used the most, and why?

I love my SIC air glide 14” and Kialoa carbon paddle for racing. It cuts through chop well and is quite stable. One day I’ll move up to a proper hard board!

What events did you participate last year (2017) and which one did you enjoy the most?

The HK International SUP Championship was a blast! Camping on the beach and paddling with the pros is such a great experience I recommend for anyone who is even mildly interested in SUP.

 

EDMUND LAI

Team Whatzsup Paddler

What was the moment when SUP became not just an activity but a sport for you? 

I enjoy paddling, love the feeling of flying on the water, just want to paddle faster and faster, it just slowly turn into a sport for me naturally.

How long have you been competing in standup paddling?

I’ve been competing in SUP for 2 years now

Can we know a little more about the training regimen you have going on ?

Well, in my case I do mostly interval training, paddle till muscle memory able to stay there.

Do you think HK is a suitable place for people to do Standup paddling? And do you think HK has the potential to develop SUP into a serious sport?Yes, I do think so, there are so many people in Hong Kong, all we need to do is to introduce SUP to them, once they have tried it, they sure will be addicted to it like I did. Once there are more people in the sport, there will definitely have people take it seriously like every other sports.

Which events will you be focusing on next year?

The Hong Kong SUP League Series races, will try to improve my results from previous years.

What was your best heat and score? 

My best heat was 4*400 relay, got champion with my teammates, so stoked!

What motivates you to get better and better each day?

My teammates and competitors, people who train and paddle with me or race with me, all of them are my motivation, they make me want to go faster and faster.

Do you think SUP will one day be in the Olympics games now that surfing recently got accepted? And how do you feel about it?

Without a doubt, this sport is serious, many people around the world are into this, and a lot of competition around the globe, should consider place stand up paddling in to Olympics sooner.

Which board and paddle did you used the most, and why? 

I’m using the SIC X14 Pro-lite most of the time but still trying different paddles, board is super light tho.

If you were giving advice to any young up and coming paddlers, what would you say? 

Try SUP & spend time on it, you’ll definitely be in love with it.

Who are some of your heroes, (they do not have to be an SUP athletes)? 

Spiderman

What kind of race / SUP activity do you enjoy the most and why?

Touring is my choice, I always love to paddle relaxingly to different beaches, spotting new places 🙂

DARREN HESTER

Team Whatzsup Paddler

Does practice and competing interfere with your normal life? 

For me, a married father of two girls, it’s the opposite.  My girls, are active sailors in the Hong Kong Optimist fleet, and regularly compete in regattas both in Hong Kong and Internationally. This year many of their regatta’s clashed with SUP League races.  In addition to that, my job requires me to travel a lot,  so when I’m at home, I’ve established an early morning paddle schedule before work.

When did you become interested in Standup paddling (SUP)? 

When we first arrived in Sai Kung, I purchased a three man kayak, so my daughters and I could explore the many island and beaches. However as winter approached the girls soon lost interest in kayaking and so I was looking for a solo kayak to keep me on the water throughout the winter.  Whatzsup’s old shop in Sai Kung caught my eye, so I popped in to see Franki, who sold me on the idea of Stand Up Paddling.

At what point did you decide to compete in the SUP race and why? 

I’ve been an active sailor and racing sailing instructor for many years and I know the importance of racing to better learn technics, strategies and to perfect skills. Hence when I heard about the 1st Hong Kong International SUP Race, I made that my target for my first race. After that I was hooked.

How long have you been competing in standup paddling?

I have only been competing for 3 years. Therefore I’m proof that anyone can pick up a board learn to paddle and have fun when racing. Plus its a testament to the SUP community’s warm welcome to new comers.

How much time do you spend practicing in a week or month? 

I try to get onto the water 2-3 times a week before work and then at least one long paddle during the weekend and or a ‘down winder’ if the conditions are right. Plus the odd run and visit to the gym during the week.

No matter your background, age or ability I find the SUP community (both Hong Kong and International) are all amazing people,  very approachable willing the share tips and tricks as we’re all keen to grow the sport.

Do you think SUP will one day be in the Olympics games now that surfing recently got accepted? And how do you feel about it?

I think SUP in the Olympics would be a great sport for both athletes and spectators. The recent World Championship in Cold Hawaii (Denmark), in which Hong Kong participated, proved how much fun SUP races are to watch, especially the technical races.

What are your upcoming competitions? 

Throughout 2018 there are a number of HKSUPBA League races, which I aim to attend and I’m excited to hear more about the set –up of the 4th Hong Kong International SUP race. I also planned tick off, The Nautic SUP Paris Crossing, from my bucket list,  Held in December every year it’s one of the largest SUP events with 700+ paddlers, braving the cold Paris morning, to race over an  11km course through the picturesque city of Paris.

Where do you usually go for practicing SUP or maybe just do some casual paddling in HK? Is there anyplace in HK you would recommend others to try out SUP? 

Living in Sai Kung, I can’t recommend it highly enough, the beautiful waterways of Port Shelter and its many islands and beaches. Fortunately, Sai Kung is also the home to Blue Sky Sports Club,  Hong Kong’s premier SUP training center.

What goals do you have for 2018 and what do you want to accomplish?

  1. To increase my speed and cadence, to ensure a faster smoother and more consistent rhythm over an 8km distance.

  2. Increase my race distance to 18km

  3. Continue to perfect pivot turn….at racing speed and under pressure 🙂

Any tips for beginner paddlers out there?

Don’t just rent a board from the many beach vendors, talk to Blue Sky Sports Centre and learn the basics skills. In doing so, you’ll gain a new skill and maybe a hobby that could change your life.

Which board and paddle do you use the most, and why?

My go to board is SIC X14 Pro race board and my Quickblade Kanaha 90. The X14 Pro has a V shaped nose that slices through the water and small waves, enabling the board to accelerate quickly in addition to being very stable.

That said, I love my SIC Air Glide 14 inflatable, which is amazing when travelling on holidays, for the whole family to enjoy. Plus you’ll often find me paddling the Air Glide out to the start line of the girl’s sailing regattas 🙂

BRYAN NG

Team Whatzsup Paddler

Bryan: “I’ve got hooked up with SUP since 2008, first just a hobby, end up running training, events and become the founder and chairman of the Hong Kong Stand Up Paddle Board Association.

The experience so far is unreal, below is a brief review of my works for the past years.

  • Run over 35 SUP race events in Hong Kong and China for the last 5 years;
  • Helped Hong Kong to become the 76th nation member of the International Surfing Association;
  • Became a ISA presenter, have trained instructors up in Hong Kong and Russia;
  • Overall champion of the 2015 & 2016 Hong Kong SUP League Series;
  • Represent Hong Kong to compete at the 2017 SUP & Paddleboard World Championship Copenhagen Denmark

It have been fun so far, I get to meet and work with so many professional watermen /waterwomen and athletes from all over the world during my works.  My next goal is to train myself to be able to participate to the M2O and the SUP 11 Cities.”

TOBIAS REEUWIJK

Team Whatzsup Paddler

When did you become interested in Standup paddling (SUP)?

I injured my back playing American football and had a hard time surfing after that. SUP was a great way to still get in the water and let my back heal and became a real love of mine! Racing and surf SUP.

At what point did you decide to compete in the SUP race and why?

The first time I competed was an accident. I was at Sai Kung doing my own training (if you could call it that) and saw one of the HKSUPBA league races. Everyone was so friendly and I decided to try it out!

Does practice and completing interfere with your normal life?

Practice actually makes my life better. I consider a day where you get to go out on the water a truly blessed one that improves all aspects of your life. From gratitude formative to honoring your own body with a workout, there aren’t many other sports where you can truly be one with your surroundings.

How much time do you spend practicing in a week or month?

I get out as much as possible in the early mornings, 2-3 sessions per week and usually a longer paddle on the weekend.

What’s the one thing you love about SUP?

The view! Whenever there’s good water clarity it’s such a beautiful vantage point to experience the vastness of the ocean (or lake)!

What are your upcoming competitions?

I’m training for a few races in Southern California for 2018, haven’t decided which ones in particular quite yet!

Where do you usually go for practicing SUP or maybe just do some casual paddling in HK?

When I’m in HK I enjoyed going out with friends from Outward Bound. In Hawaii I love paddling around Kahala, Diamond Head and out to the Mokulua islands on the east side.

Is there anyplace in HK you would recommend others to try out SUP? 

Blue Sky Sports Club is the best place to go for starters! It’s where I started and a very supportive community to keep you going.

What goals do you have for 2018 and what do you want to accomplish?

In 2018 I’d like to SUP surf during a large California swell and get barreled!

Any tips for beginner paddlers out there?

Get out and have fun! The more you SUP the easier it gets and is way more fun than a boring gym, SUP can get you toned and in shape!

Which board and paddle did you used the most, and why?

I love my SIC air glide 14” and Kialoa carbon paddle for racing. It cuts through chop well and is quite stable. One day I’ll move up to a proper hard board!

What events did you participate last year (2017) and which one did you enjoy the most?

The HK International SUP Championship was a blast! Camping on the beach and paddling with the pros is such a great experience I recommend for anyone who is even mildly interested in SUP.

 

BUDDY WEEKS

Team Whatzsup Paddler

When did you become interested in Standup paddling (SUP)?

I injured my back playing American football and had a hard time surfing after that. SUP was a great way to still get in the water and let my back heal and became a real love of mine! Racing and surf SUP.

At what point did you decide to compete in the SUP race and why?

The first time I competed was an accident. I was at Sai Kung doing my own training (if you could call it that) and saw one of the HKSUPBA league races. Everyone was so friendly and I decided to try it out!

Does practice and completing interfere with your normal life?

Practice actually makes my life better. I consider a day where you get to go out on the water a truly blessed one that improves all aspects of your life. From gratitude formative to honoring your own body with a workout, there aren’t many other sports where you can truly be one with your surroundings.

How much time do you spend practicing in a week or month?

I get out as much as possible in the early mornings, 2-3 sessions per week and usually a longer paddle on the weekend.

What’s the one thing you love about SUP?

The view! Whenever there’s good water clarity it’s such a beautiful vantage point to experience the vastness of the ocean (or lake)!

What are your upcoming competitions?

I’m training for a few races in Southern California for 2018, haven’t decided which ones in particular quite yet!

Where do you usually go for practicing SUP or maybe just do some casual paddling in HK?

When I’m in HK I enjoyed going out with friends from Outward Bound. In Hawaii I love paddling around Kahala, Diamond Head and out to the Mokulua islands on the east side.

Is there anyplace in HK you would recommend others to try out SUP? 

Blue Sky Sports Club is the best place to go for starters! It’s where I started and a very supportive community to keep you going.

What goals do you have for 2018 and what do you want to accomplish?

In 2018 I’d like to SUP surf during a large California swell and get barreled!

Any tips for beginner paddlers out there?

Get out and have fun! The more you SUP the easier it gets and is way more fun than a boring gym, SUP can get you toned and in shape!

Which board and paddle did you used the most, and why?

I love my SIC air glide 14” and Kialoa carbon paddle for racing. It cuts through chop well and is quite stable. One day I’ll move up to a proper hard board!

What events did you participate last year (2017) and which one did you enjoy the most?

The HK International SUP Championship was a blast! Camping on the beach and paddling with the pros is such a great experience I recommend for anyone who is even mildly interested in SUP.

 
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