• ENDURANCE WATERMAN •
LOCATION: OCEAN CITY, NJ
FAVORITE GU PRODUCT: Hydration Drink Tabs in Strawberry Lemonade
FAVORITE ENERGY GEL FLAVOR: Roctane Strawberry Kiwi
FAVORITE NUTRITION HACK
Ginger is an ocean athlete's best friend. My training and racing venue is off-shore and even after decades on the water, the motion of the ocean can still get to me. Navigating dynamic conditions can also hamper the best laid fueling and hydrating plan. Roctane Electrolyte Capsules have been a game changer since I first tried them during a 22-mile ocean paddle race. The ginger helps keep my stomach a little calmer and the electrolyte boost smoothes out my system when grabbing a gel or a water bottle is not feasible while navigating challenging or even dangerous ocean conditions.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? WHAT'S YOUR WHY?
It’s not what you can do that matters. It’s what you DO with what you can do. What we do IN the ocean makes us athletes. What we do FOR the oceans and FOR our communities makes us Watermen and Waterwomen.
HOW DO YOU DO GOOD IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
In 2011 after doing an endurance ocean swim in American Samoa we formed the Ocean Positive foundation to help build and strengthen positive connections between our communities and oceans to protect and empower both. Our current focus is two fold: Through our Blue Journey Unified initiative we help athletes with spinal cord injuries, disorders and movement challenges play, train and compete in the ocean and open water disciplines of surf life saving sports. Through our Wave Safe initiative in collaboration with NOAA’s National Weather Service we help educate, train and protect communities on ocean and coastal safety, science and conservation.