Our passion for stand up paddle boarding is what lead to the founding of Stand on Liquid. Stand up paddle boarding has an inherent connection to nature; endless opportunities for paddling lakes, ocean and rivers; its versatility; its health, fitness & wellness benefits; its über family-friendliness; and most importantly, it’s fun. Unbelievably fun.
My husband, Mike, and I started paddling in 2005 while vacationing on Maui. We immediately adopted it once home in Bend, Oregon and spent the next year exploring local rivers, lakes and the coast (thank you Randall Barna for our first boards!). With each sunny day to hit the Northwest we eagerly loaded up and went out for a paddle. Our vizsla dog, Sierra, benefited from free rides and her official role became ‘board hood ornament’. Our young daughter, Makena, joined in and happily took rides sitting between our legs. In no time friends and family were trying our boards and ‘this new stand-up paddling sport.’ They were loving it and finding stand-up paddling to be fun & accessible. It was great to see how everyone adopted paddling differently – it ran the gamut from ‘ leisurely paddles’ to ‘ fitness lunch-hour breaks’ to ‘surfing the coast’ to ‘hard-core racing’. And there’s the added bonus (shhh, don’t tell my husband)…we don’t bring our cell phones (though water-proof cases exist) and get to completely detach from our hectic, connected lives. Double yay.
During the discovery of stand-up paddling, we quickly realized there exists a HUGE unmet need to provide valuable guidance on which board and gear is best for YOU - your situation and interests. There are many fantastic board options available today… but which is best for YOU? Your needs depend on budget, experience level and whether you plan to paddle a lake, ocean, pond or river.
We hope Stand on Liquid inspires you to begin - or expand upon - your own paddling adventures that will lead to many great and memorable times.
Your opportunities with stand-up paddling are endless. We - at Stand on Liquid - are here to help YOU connect with the best boards and gear to attain the ultimate paddling experience. So paddle on and have fun! Your Board. Your Adventure.
-Jenny Mudd, Co-founder Stand on Liquid