Name:  Michael Tavares

Hails From :  Richmond, VA

Currently Lives:  In a RV all across the country

Favorite Rivers:  Arkansas, Gauley, New, Salmon

Favorite level six gear:  Emperor & Triton Drysuits, Any of the boardshorts & casual wear, SUP rider Long Sleeve hydro shirt. 

Story: I didn’t start paddling until my college days at Radford University which took me into a paddling lifestyle as soon a college was over.  I spent 4 years after school working on the Arkansas river in the summer and working on ski mountains in the winter.  Everything in between was travelling to meet my paddling needs.  After a few more years working seasonal positions and giving it a go in freestyle paddling, I found my passion for Stand Up Paddling.  I started surfing river waves in Salida, Co with the Badfish SUP crew and quickly became hooked.  I was SUP paddling almost every day when I met and started working with the Boardworks SUP company, which has enabled me to work in the industry year round.

These days I do a little bit of everything in the world of SUP.  I compete in whitewater, flatwater & ocean events, attend more than 30 paddling events a year to spread my passion for SUP, manage a sales territory, and help with mobile marketing and media.  It’s been an amazing ride so far in the paddlesports industry and I am looking forward to another exciting year in 2014.

Other Sponsors: Boardworks Surf, Badfish SUP, Chaco Footwear, FCS, Beyond Coastal/Chums, Astral

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