Olivia Morton is a 13 year old paddle boarding, field hockey playing, swimming girl who loves the outdoors. She spends her time outside rescuing everything from turtles to ducks with her friends. Olivia won her first paddle boarding race at the Second Chance race this summer. She uses every chance she gets to “share the stoke” with her family and friends. Her paddle boarding instructor Alexis, is her role model and Olivia loves the Delmarva Board Sports’ kids practices. “It’s a great experience for everyone. It makes us a team and is a great opportunity to learn a great skill!”
Natalie Griffin is proud to be a Brand Ambassador for SupLove so she can share her passion for getting connected to the ebb and flow of life while standing on the ocean on a kickin’ SUP! She is the founder of Naughty Shaman, a company that leads unique soulful workshops that help people discover their soul’s calling. Natalie leads SUP Yoga retreats and teaches SUP yoga for DelMarVa Board Sports in DE every chance she gets! Natalie has studied yoga and shamanism for years. She was initiated by the Q’ero Shamans of Peru on the sacred mountain of Salkanty – the Mountain of the Undomesticatable Feminine Life-Force. Natalie is ERYT – 200h certified Yoga Teacher, ACA Level 1 certified SUP Instructor and is crazy in love with life.
Kirsten (KJ) has spent countless summers along the Delmarva Peninsula playing in all kinds of water. She feels an intrinsic connection to the pristine woodlands, marshes, bays and fertile farmland of the Delmarva Peninsula and its inhabitants. She was born in Washington DC and moved to Northern Virginia to begin a corporate career at PwC after college where she received her degree in Biology. Currently, she enjoys paddling NoVA’s local waterways including the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers and Pohick Creek Watershed. She can’t name her favorite spot, but it’s definitely in the county where she lives. She’s been involved in water sports all her life, from swim team to kayaking to body surfing and now SUP. While vacationing with her family at Bethany Beach, she was inspired to SUP by a local Delmarva legend, Colin Herlihy. She looks up to people who are smart and safe on the water. Local legends like Colin Herlihy and George and Janis Markopoulos come to mind. But mostly she looks up to the people she sees out on the water everyday with a smile on their face while pushing themselves to paddle harder and farther.
A lover of paddling in all its forms, the thing that keeps her stoked on paddle boarding is that it is so simple and fun! It’s a healthy activity that anyone can enjoy while reconnecting with their core. Most importantly, the people are awesome! Whether it’s people she meets in local board shops to race events, everybody is so supportive and encouraging! She feels it an honor to be a part of the SUP community at Delmarva!
Scott and Amy Walstrum and their two daughters, ages 8 & 4 just celebrated their one-year SUPiversary and they are falling more in love with this sport every summer. Their first board, a 10” 6’ Rivera purchased July 2013 only lasted this family of 4 for 1 month. Scott surprised Amy with a 10’ 6’ gorgeous SUPLove. Their good friends, Janis and George from Delmarva Board Sports were in on it as the early birthday gift was revealed in their Fenwick shop. The Walstrum’s consider themselves novices, which is exactly the reason why they get involved in SUP “racing” events. The SUP surf division is perfect for them … for now. Amy says, “Participating in these events has given me so much confidence on the open water. I don’t need flat conditions anymore. Paddling 3 miles in wind and chop use to scare me to death, now I feel like I can SUP anywhere.” Scott has even placed in his division a few times and is itching to go harder and faster. “The vibe is positive, the people embrace our whole family, and fuel our SUP fire.” Scott reveals. Still, most days when their busy schedule allows, you can find them at their favorite spot in Oxford, MD on The Strand in the Tred Avon River. There they SUP with their daughters, search for sea glass on the beach, while looking for wildlife to observe in the most intimate of ways, AND look for newbies to introduce to the sport! When you ask them how many people they’ve shared their boards with they say they lost count at 50! Spending precious family time together, sharing their stoke, finding new sweet spots, experiencing nature in the most authentic way, and learning about the sport is what Stand Up Paddle Boarding means to the Walstrum family… and the love for this way of life deepens with every stroke.