Rebecca began paddling in 2015 when she borrowed a board from a friend while on vacation at a lake. After spending the better part of her day figuring out how to balance and get the board moving in a semi-straight direction, she was pretty hooked on SUP. Not too long afterwards she had the opportunity to train as an Intro to SUP, SUP Yoga, and SUP fitness instructor - an excellent next step in combining her newfound love of SUP with her background as a yoga instructor and her BSc. in Kinesiology.
After teaching various SUP yoga and fitness classes, as well as getting beginners comfortable on boards, she started to run out of lakes near Calgary to paddle and turned her sights to the closest water to her house: the Calgary section of the Bow River. After gaining confidence and basic skills in an Intro to River SUP class, she was thrilled with her newfound ability to “Float the Bow” on hot summer weekends - a classic Calgary activity.
Confident in her skills and abilities as a “river paddler,” Rebecca jumped on the chance to develop more river skills at Kanfest, an annual festival on the Lower Kananaskis river. She didn’t realize when she registered exactly how different floating down a class I river like the Bow was to the rushing whitewater of the Kan, but those festival days spent swimming, surfing, and attempted paddling were enough to change how she saw river SUP forever.
Rebecca now spends as much time as she can chasing down rapids, drops, surf waves, and any fun currents she can find. You can typically see her paddling year-round (so long as the river levels allow for it) and trying to master the fine art of not falling off her board when she just sent a feature (ask her about her “over-stoke” problem).
She can’t wait to join you on a board, whether it’s your first time hitting flatware or you’re looking to finesse your river skills (and anywhere in between).