Here is a look where you can have a read:) Yenny
A big thank you to SUPMAG UK who interviewed me for their latest article about Land Paddling - Street SUP. I talk a little bit of why I created the E-book a couple of years ago out of pure frustration of lack of knowledge about the sport, where I like to ride, what equipment I use and communities I hang out at.
Here is a look where you can have a read:) Yenny
What I am doing is having loads of fun!
Hello fellow Land Paddlers!
Welcome to a new interview. This time I have interviewed Martin from the UK about his view of land paddling:)
Hope you like it!
Yenny - I Love Street SUP
Yenny: Can you tell us a little bit of who you are, where you are from and how you got into Land Paddling?
Martin: My name is Martin Alexander - I live & work in South Devon, UK. I am 54 years old & have lived in Devon all of my life. From a toddler, I was always at the seaside (10 minutes walk from my house) & I was always playing outdoors from a very young age. I have always loved the coastline & the moors around where I live & this developed as I got older into learning to ride the waves on all different types of equipment - surfboards/kayaks/bodyboards & 7 years ago SUP surfing. Around 3 years ago I found various American websites promoting Land Paddling, which I thought would help me with my balance when I was not able to surf for periods of time. With Land Paddle I could just go to the road near my house & get some nice rides, plus there are a number of roads nearby where I could do it with no hassle....so......... 2 years ago I bought a Kahuna Bombora & paddle & I started getting out onto the roads at every opportunity - evenings, weekends, early mornings (Early on a Sunday is good - not many cars to get in my way!). I bought the Kahuna Anela (the last one in the UK, I understand) a couple of months later, so I had the choice of a big glidy, carvy ride & a shorter, more punchy turning ride.
Yenny: What do YOU call the sport?
Martin: Land Paddling for me! Although if I am off out for a session I usually say that I am off for a skate!
Yenny: Where are your favorite spots to ride?
Martin: I enjoy doing it around where I live, as it is so easy just to jump on & ride off. There are various sea-fronts near where I live - either 10 minutes or 20 minutes away, so I love cruising & looking at the scenery on a coastal ride. The coastal rides are mainly flat, so the benefit of being near my house is that there are some nice (not too steep) hills for getting a bit of speed going & carving from side to side.
Yenny: What are the benefits with land paddling from your experience?
Martin: For me, the benefits are the sheer feeling of well-being that comes over me when I am having a good session, plus being able to stay fit for surfing - my balance (or lack of it!) is a big thing for me, as I have found that getting older means that certain parts of my body do not perform the way that they used to & by Land Paddling I can enjoy myself & stay supple, both at the same time. I find that the usual demands of life - work/home/family means that in reality I am not able to get out more than 2 or 3 times a week - but when I get out on the Land Paddle, the feel-good feeling kicks in immediately & I then keep thinking "I must do this more often!
Yenny: Are there any Land Paddlers where you live?
Martin: I do not know anyone else locally to where I live who does Land Paddle, although there are lots of skaters & longboarders around - mostly they are 20 to 40 years younger than me!. In a strange sort of way, I quite enjoy being the only one who does it, as it makes me feel a bit different. (perhaps I am just a bit of a maverick at heart). I notice that I do get a few people stopping me & asking me about it - although the funny thing is to see passers-by looking & staring & probably thinking "what is that old fat bloke doing?" - What I am doing is having loads of fun! Oh yes!!!
[END OF INTERVIEW]
One of the hardest known skate marathons in the world, the 24 hour Miami Ultra Skate Marathon is taking place Friday the 26th February 2016, around 9 AM Eastern time in Miami, FL, USA.
This year "the Ride More Team" (who is composed by 4 riders and a coach and riders from France and Switzerland) is back and can't wait to be apart of it again.
Jerome, just sent me some photos and info of the team.
Good luck guys and have fun!
The 2016 "Ride More Team's members": coming from France (St Nazaire, Paris, Côte d'Azur, Guadeloupe) and Switzerland (Geneva).
François, aka Taun-taun, 35, engineer, is the youngest father in the team.
6.6 feet, 200 pounds - he is a talented wrestler, and paddler: he has developed a unique carbon paddle, on the basis of record breaking modern prosthesis.
He knows how to use it better than anyone, and will help us clock miles and miles on the Homestead Nascar racing ring in Miami like he did in 2015.
Jérôme aka Bevilacqua,: 'I said Captain, you said "Wot ?"
48, father of 4, skater since 1977, pioneer of Long Distance Skateboarding in France, blogmaster of Sakaroule.net since 2007, admin of the french forum Dandystance.org, Long Distance raider in the West Indies (Tour de Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe), Switzerland, (Rhône Rider).
Créateur de confiance : trust crafter.
Pierre-Yves, aka Brotz, 46, father of 2 girls, is our 2016 rookie : long-time sporstman, his care taking and love of well designed stuff led him to build some of the finest decks : the Uncool line.
Good spirit and very cool friendship will get him onboard for Miami !
Samuel, aka Pumpin'Jack, 44, single father, publicist, distance rider from the French Riviera.
Former cyclist & runner he takes his friends & lil' Liloo on the roads of Côte d'Azur & Italy to practice pumping.
French Riviera life is 'La vie en rose' : sunny all year long, a rider's dream.
He brings us tenacity, good spirit & a keen eye. .. and an astonishing fast pump !
The fifth member of the Team is the coach: Stéphane, from Geneva, Switzerland, rider of the lake shores since the 70s.
50, father of 2, he has travelled the world, and brings us valuable advice with his experience.
Jack of all trades, tough, and reliable: here is our hairy-chested man in the Team.
He will coach the team to achieve another good score in Miami.
A bunch of Dandys - so called French Distance riders (below) - are coming along with us.
They are all looking for fun & for fame in the solo game : no stop 'til the end.
Fabien, aka Panta Gruelon, 50, teaches computer science, is already a grand father ! As a true veteran of ski, snowboard, and other racing sports he is our mentor in the field.
He rides the Loire banks in the Vallée de la Loire, in Tours, heart of the Angevine mellow life style.
He rode 100 miles at the Miami Ultra 2015, 125 at the Dutch Ultra in June 2015 ... He quit smoking for good, nothing's gonna stop him now !
Stéphane J. aka Estéban is the man-in-black, a lonesome rider.
Living in Poitou, he is riding for a first-try admittance in the 200-mile Club : he is calm, steady, and has planned carefully his 24 hours journey. Will he succeed first try?
Well known in Lyons, his home town, for his involvement in the local skateboarding scene: promoter and record holder of the 'Pump the Tube' challenge, experienced downhiller, super carver, skilled pumper, he is a cool addition to the family !
Get some Badges of Courage ready !
William is often seen riding Evolve electric skates - he is the mastermind behind the Montévrain Challenge, the first international Marathon held in France in 2015, with a glamorous audience of la creme de la creme riders worldwide. This time he is riding a Gbomb to introduce himself as a member of the award-winning Century Club. See you later ... after 24 hours !