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49 yrs old from Kaneohe, HI
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I surf just about every day
I discovered my love and passion for the water at an early age, when my family moved to the Philippine Islands and I began to swim on the local swim t...
I discovered my love and passion for the water at an early age, when my family moved to the Philippine Islands and I began to swim on the local swim team, play water polo and became a certified PADI open water diver at the age of 12.
Naturally, living on an island led to surfing. Throughout my youth and into my high school years I would spend countless hours in the water.
After high school graduation I moved to southern California and continued to surf and swim. I eventually attended Long Beach City College where I swam and played water polo. While in Long Beach, CA I became a life guard and a Water Safety Instructor and taught swimming.
I soon left Southern California though and moved to Lake Tahoe a beautiful mountain community in the Sierras.
It was there that I discovered snow skiing, water skiing and wake boarding. After becoming a Professional Ski Instructor and teaching for many years the call of the ocean was too much to avoid and I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii.
Once in Hawaii I rekindled my love for the ocean by surfing and swimming, competing in the many open ocean swims that take place almost every weekend.
Almost 5 years later I left the Big Island and found myself living in San Diego, California another beautiful ocean and beach community where I continued to swim and surf, fulfilling my love for the ocean and all things water.
At the age of 40, I was diagnosed with delayed onset adult juvenile type1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease.
This sudden turn of events was almost overwhelming and for the first year or two I would struggle with the disease. Unsure if I would ever be able to enjoy the ocean, swimming and surfing as I had throughout my life.
The idea of beating the odds is something that is inherently built into my genetic makeup.
Now as a competitive elite stand up paddle board racer in Hawaii, despite having Type 1 diabetes. I manage to monitor my insulin levels while training and competing with the some of the best SUP athletes in the world.
I am learning to juggle SUP racing with my health. Although my diabetes doesn’t define me, it has changed my life.
I look forward to sharing my experiences with others and continuing to be a positive role model as an Ocean athlete.
I am committed to the pursuit of excellence in stand up paddle boarding. I define success not only in competition results, but also in the quality of the effort, whether it is in training or in competition.
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