Name: Jackie Nourse
Background: I’m Jackie, founder and host of The Budget-Minded Traveler, an award-winning blog, podcast, and community designed to encourage and equip US-Americans to travel overseas. I also organize and host adventure trips and retreats for my audience, lead mentorship programs for women, and blog about adventure travel and lifestyle at Traveling Jackie. I am a four-time study abroad alum, linguist, polyglot (five languages and counting), and serial expat. When I’m not traveling the world, you can find me exploring the mountain trails and lakes of Montana, my favorite place to call home. I have an All-Around 11’ board and it is one of my happiest places in Big Sky Country.
Background: My name is Nelly and I’m a medical assistant that’s extremely passionate about the outdoors and adventuring. On my days off, or after work, I usually spend most of my time outside, between paddle boarding, hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, cliff jumping or just relaxing in a hammock somewhere by the water. I always try to live life to the fullest and get the most that I can out of my days. I’m currently using the iRocker all around 11’ by 32” board, which I absolutely love. Paddle boarding is definitely one of my favorite activities because at the end of my busy work day, I get on my board and nothing else matter, it helps me unwind and truly appreciate everything that I have. You can find me and my adventures on
Name: Kelly Roeleveld
Background: Hi! I’m Kelly, a Dutch travel and adventure blogger with a love for outdoor action sports like snowboarding, wakeboarding and of course SUP! I fell in love with sup last summer when I tried it for the first time. Like all outdoor sports I find it so calming to be out amongst nature and the beauty this planet has to offer. With SUP its nice to do things in your own pace. One minute I’ll be paddling and the next I’ll have a little sunbade enjoying my surroundings. My board of choice is the iROCKER CRUISER 10’6″ x 33″. It’s really stable so it allows me to try a bit of yoga and chill out while still being fast if I need it to be. If you’d like to check out my SUP adventures feel free to give me a follow on instagram.
Name: David Green
Background: Hi! I’m David, a British expat living and working in the Turks and Caicos Islands. I grew up in the heart of England, just about as far from the sea as it is possible to be in that part of the world, yet I have always had a deep fascination with the ocean and what lies beneath its waves.
The opportunity to work in this small group of islands located in the Caribbean (just below the Bahamas) presented itself just over ten years ago, and before I had chance to think about what I was doing I had been offered, and had accepted, the job. This is my second stint in the Islands, this time with family in tow, with the idea of showing them a different way of life and a different part of the world. We are extremely blessed to live here, although my kids are growing up to think that white sand, turquoise seas and sunny skies are normal!
My love of the ocean and everything in it (apart from trash!) takes me on and under the waves as often as my job, family life, and the weather allows. I’ve been lucky enough to paddle and swim with dolphins – the local celebrity bottlenose dolphin JoJo and 100+ strong pods of Atlantic Spotted dolphins – and the humpback whales that migrate to the Islands to give birth between January and April each year. I see more than my fair share of sea turtles and have started a project to log the eagle rays on our inner reefs (each has a unique set of spots to identify them by).
My interest in paddle boarding began as a means to get out on the water and explore the ocean and nearby islands, but as luck would have it I love the paddling too! It’s fantastic exercise, and after a hard day / week at work it’s the perfect way to clear and refresh the mind.
Background: I am your current Ms. International World United States, Lisa Patel and I am from Tampa, FL. I grew up in the mountains of NC and transitioned into a warmer climate as I moved to Florida abut 4 years ago. I own my own promotional marketing company, the Buki Agency and also I love being on the water! Paddle Boarding has become my new profound love. I had the pleasure of working with Irocker for their first boat show located in Miami Florida and had a blast representing such an awesome company! As an Irocker brand ambassador I am excited to showcase Irockers/BlackFin Models as the brand is my favorite due to the warranty, colors, branding, material, and experience I have had with the boards. The West Coast of Florida has many areas such as Tierra Verde, Tampa Bay, Ginnie Springs, Saint Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, Causeway, Anna Maria, that I plan on exploring with my paddle board. Keep track of me through our social media to check out the awesome pictures I take on my journey! I am excited to be on the team! I bring to class, diversity, creativity, and sophistication to the Irocker team. If you would like to contact me about my experience with Irocker boards feel free to reach out to me.
Name: Maya Steiningerova
Background: Heyo! I’m Maya, an adventure athlete and travel blogger from Slovakia. I’ve lived in 3 countries on 3 different continents and I’m currently an expat living near the Canadian Rockies. My biggest passion is helping people around the world through my adventure travel blog Travel with the Smile to get outside their comfort zone, enjoy the great outdoors and explore off the beaten tracks. By showing that an ordinary person can live an extraordinary life, I’m trying all kinds of adventure sports to expand my limits. During my recent 2-year trip around the world, I’ve visited 5 continents and made friends all around the world. I’ve pushed my limits countless of times and became a stronger person. I’ve learnt surfing in Mexico, climbed several volcanoes in Central America, trekked to Mount Roraima in Venezuela, one of the oldest mountain on Earth, tried mountaineering to Mateo peak over 5,000m high in Peru, hitchhiked across Chilean Patagonia, ran the popular Routeburn Track in New Zealand (instead of trekking for a few days), visited Indian Himalayas and Kashmir (which most people are afraid to go to), and road tripped around European Alps. Right now, back in Canada, I enjoy mountain biking, trail running, stand up paddle boarding and skiing. You can find my travel guides, tips, and latest adventures on Instagram or Travel with the Smile blog 🙂
Name: Nick & Maddie
Background: What’SUP guys! My name is Nick and I’m so grateful to be an iRocker Ambassador with my other half, Madison. We moved to Traverse City, Michigan, in November of 2018, from Chicago! I work in physical therapy and Madison is a news reporter! Outside of work we both love exploring the outdoors while capturing our experiences through photography. I really enjoy capturing fun and unique perspectives with my GoPro, which I share weekly on my Instagram! With the crazy amount of lakes in Northern Michigan, Madison and I will never get tired of going out on our iRockers 🙂 We each ride the BLACKFIN Model X 10’6” x 35” Wide Inflatable SUP and couldn’t be happier.
Name: Kayla Elizabeth Durden
Background: Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors (Hicks Honors Program) from the University of North Florida in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a minor in Spanish (3.85 GPA). Received the Noel Zabriskie Outstanding Marketing Graduate Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. Since graduating, I am currently competing on the WSL World Qualifying Series. These events allow me to expand my social media reach as well as travel and see the world. My ultimate goal is qualification on the WCT.
- Quarterfinals – Shoe City Women’s Pro QS 1000 (Huntington Beach, CA) – 2016
- 2nd – Corona Extra Pro (Rincon, Puerto Rico) – 2016
- 1st – US Assure Women’s Pro (Jacksonville Beach, FL) – 2016
- 1st – National Kidney Foundation Women’s Pro (Cocoa Beach, FL) – 2016
- 1st- Corona Extra Pro (Rincon, Puerto Rico)- 2017
Name: Chasten Whitfield
Instagram/ Facebook: @chastenation
Background: My name is Chasten Whitfield. I work to help disadvantaged kids forget their troubles for one day, as well as to share the joys of fishing with elementary and middle school kids. Fishing is the tool I use to reach out to kids and get them to open up about daily troubles, talk about doing what’s right, and learn that we were all given two hands — one to help ourselves and another to help others. I give kids a chance to experience fishing through my foundation — Chastenation (a group of friends who support the work I do for children). In their day-to-day lives, some of the kids I work with fight for their lives, but on the days they are with me, they only have to fight a fish. The fish don’t care if they’re tall, skinny, a girl or a boy — fish don’t judge. Last year, I met a 5-year-old with spina bifida at a fish camp. While we were fishing off a pier, he told me that he had never caught a fish or been in a boat before. I told him I was so sure he would catch a fish off the pier that I would take him in my boat after he caught a fish. Well, my little friend Easton caught 12 snapper that day! I borrowed a friend’s boat (so that Easton’s wheelchair would fit), and I took him fishing in the boat. That day changed the rest of my life. I am extremely excited to have been accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). While there, I plan to pursue a degree in TV and Film Production, with a minor in Advertising. Also, while attending SCAD, I have committed to being a member of the school’s women’s bass fishing team. There are many skills I hope to develop during my studies at SCAD. For example, I want to be able to tell the stories of the kids I help, capturing their stories in videos and photographs. My career aspirations and ultimate desired impact would be to have all kids treated the same, with each getting an opportunity to do what makes them happy. I hope to achieve my goal of owning and hosting my own fishing show focused on kids’ fishing, thereby joining both my education at SCAD and my love of fishing. The goals of these fishing trips are to help them forget their troubles for one day, enjoy some time on the water and experience the excitement of reeling in their own catch. My YouTube videos help tell their stories so that we can share in their journeys in life, what they have gone through and what they love to do, as well as show viewers how these experiences are so much more than “just fishing.” So, aside from my schoolwork, I stay very involved helping special-needs children, fishing in tournaments and donating my winnings to children’s charities, and helping middle school students stay on track and do what’s right. That’s the legacy I want to leave the world. Someday, I hope people will remember me as Chasten Whitfield, the woman who made a positive difference in the lives of many children.
Name: Sabastion Mann
Background: Hey Guys! I’m Basti from Germany. Most of my time i spend outdoor and enjoy what nature has given to us. This combined with all types of action sports => happy me! For example on my snowboard, a wakeboard, biking or relax on my SUP. The time i spend on my SUP is pure relaxing… a short break to enjoy nature and forget all around me, just to recharge my inner batteries. I own a iROCKER Cruiser 10’6“ x 33“ and its perfect for the things i do on the water. If you are curious about my adventures, feel free to follow me on Instagram. :)“
Name: Chuck Lepley
Background: Hi guys, I’m Chuck Lepley. I’m a Colorado native and self-taught photographer who enjoys capturing the beauty of the outdoors. I’m also a rock climber, mountain biker, fisherman and self-proclaimed adventure addict. Always on a mission to explore, I spent 2016 pursuing my dream of traveling the world with my wife. We lived in a van in New Zealand for 6 weeks, traveled North America in an RV for 6 months, backpacked through Europe for 6 weeks, and lived in Hawaii for 2 months. Now, back in the real world, I’m a marketing executive who loves startups and building great brands. I have the iRocker Cruiser and love getting out on the water on the weekends as much as possible. It’s great to be able to paddle on a lake or travel down a river and enjoy the serenity of the outdoors. If you’d like to follow my adventures, you can find me on Instagram at instagram.com/chucklepley.