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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