The guy in the picture with the ripped muscles is professional stand up paddle boarder Chase Kosterlitz. It’s a good first name for a person who chases around the world to try to win paddle boarding competitions. In October, he’ll surf into Phoenix to talk to the Arizona Yacht Club’s monthly meeting.
“I live in San Diego,” says Chase, “where I surf, hike and train in between traveling around the world looking for adventure. I got into water sports as a professional kiteboarding and stand up paddle instructor, where I learned to kiteboard in 2005 and began stand up paddling in 2008.
“After a collegiate basketball career, I became an avid water sports enthusiast–dedicated to living and promoting an active lifestyle on the water. This passion led me to establish my Florida-based business, Water Monkey, in order to promote this lifestyle. In five years of competition I have several championship titles and multiple wins across the United States and around the world. In addition to competition I enjoy writing and traveling to find new and challenging places to paddle, surf, kitesurf and explore.”
Chase is the president and founder of the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association (SUPAA), which sets standards for events and instruction, promotes rules to ensure fair competition and works to establish a standard of excellence in all aspects of stand up paddling. For more information visit SUPathletes.com. And here’s his personal website.
The meeting is Tuesday, October 11, beginning at 7pm (but arrive early for dinner). Monthly meetings are held at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281-1205 (map) and both members and non-members are welcome to attend.