WHO IS YOUR FA­VORITE LO­CAL PAD­DLER AND WHY?

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1. KARI DIPALMA AGE: 43 HOME­TOWN: WASH­ING­TON D.C./AGUADILLA, PUERTO RICO OC­CU­PA­TION: CON­SUL­TANT

“Adrian Gar­cia. He is the epit­ome of a kind spirit and re­ally loves this is­land. He also catches sick waves and goes out in 18- to 20-foot waves on his pad­dle­board.”

2. FA­THER KEVIN GABRIEL GILLEN AGE: 51 HOME­TOWN: ROCKAWAY BEACH, NEW YORK OC­CU­PA­TION: DO­MINI­CAN FRIAR

“Mike Red­path is a New York fi­fire­man and I got him into SUP sur­fif­ing. Every­body knows him, he’s out there all win­ter long. Some­times he uses me as an ex­cuse to get out be­cause he tells his wife, ‘Hey, I’m out with Fa­ther.’”

3. ADRIAN GAR­CIA AGE: 41 HOME­TOWN: AGUADILLA, PUERTO RICO OC­CU­PA­TION: ORTHOPEDIC AS­SIS­TANT

“My fa­vorite pad­dler is Greg Car­son. He is a gen­tle­man in­side and out­side the water, and he’s also one of the pi­o­neers here in Puerto Rico.”

4. AMY WORTHINGTON AGE: 27 HOME­TOWN: RINCÓN, PUERTO RICO / NEW YORK OC­CU­PA­TION: SUP RENTAL SHOP MAN­AGER

“Gina Bradley. She’s one of the orig­i­nal pad­dlers from Long Is­land who brought SUP to women. She runs Pad­dle Diva and not only gets women on the ocean, but uses the op­por­tu­nity to talk about ocean stew­ard­ship.”

5. AL­BERT LASH AGE: 38 HOME­TOWN: RINCÓN, PUERTO RICO OC­CU­PA­TION: SUP RENTAL AND TOUR BUSINESS OWNER

“Dar­ren Muschett. He was a pro surfer and takes re­ally good pho­tos. You’ll see him out there when it’s huge, he can do ev­ery­thing. He is one of the best young surf pho­tog­ra­phers out there.”

6. MARK DE ARMAS AGE: 52 HOME­TOWN: AGUADILLA, PUERTO RICO OC­CU­PA­TION: QUARRY MA­CHIN­ERY DEALER

“Xavier Lay. The Fed­er­a­tion of Sur­fif­ing Puerto Rico SUP direc­tor’s ded­i­ca­tion to the youth in Puerto Rico has been in­spi­ra­tional. Xavier formed the Na­tional Ju­nior SUP race and sur­fif­ing cir­cuit, co­or­di­nated the SUP team’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2016 ISAS and was crit­i­cal in the for­ma­tion of the Puerto Rico Olympic Team for 2019.

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