I call myself “Elder SUP” because I was approaching age 60 when I started writing this blog. That is laughable now, as I approach age 73 in 2022, and I realize that the longer we all keep playing on the water the longer we can stay “young at heart!”
Elder SUP is simply a collection of stories told from the SUP Perspective. It’s been incredible to discover a sport that connects generations like few others. In 2017 I collaborated with young Zane Schweitzer on his book, Beneath the Surface. That project inspired me to develop a series of journals for adults and for kids, the Blue Life Journal.
Discovering down wind races and re-discovering surfing has fed my SUP fire since 2007. IN the Summer of 2019 I added windsurfing to the mix. Paddling early in calm water then harnessing the windy afternoon gusts has been terrific. In Spring 2022 – wing boarding has come on my radar and that learning adventure will be shared here.
In the late 1960’s my boyfriend, Ed – now my husband of 52 years – and I spent every spare minute surfing the sloppy waves off Hollywood, FL. College, life and work, sailing and raising kids interrupted our surfing – until we re-discovered it via the standup paddle board way in 2007. Totally wrapped in 5-4 wetsuits we enjoyed surfing off Pacific City OR, Tofino, BC and around every beach we could handle across the Hawaiian islands – most recently the Maliko Gulch down wind run. After a 40 year gap, it was youth-restoring magic all the way! Our story is not as important as YOURS – share with us on Facebook.