COLE REITSMA

PALM BEACH COUNTY FLORIDA

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Whether it’s playing in whitewater on the river, or a lazy paddle on a calm Atlantic Ocean day, the water is my happy place. I have been lucky enough to enjoy water sports in many countries. I have lived in nine countries, and traveled to many more. Being able to deflate my Earth River SUP Board, and bring it with me has been great fun.

One of the things I love about paddleboarding is that it is a great platform (pun intended), for viewing wildlife. My favorite wildlife encounters while paddleboarding include curious manatees and dolphins approaching me, and watching sea turtles and eagle rays cruising below me.  

I came to Florida for my master’s degree in environmental science, and I currently teach, play, and live in Palm Beach County Florida. I paddle on the Loxahatchee River, the Intracoastal, and of course, in the Atlantic. When not in Florida, the most likely place to find me on the water is playing in the waves on the Potomac River in D.C. Hope to see you on the water!

FAVORITE RIDES

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ERS 9-6 V-II

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ERS 10-7 V-II

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ERS 12-6 V-II

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INSTRUCTOR

Cole currently teaches out of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton www.gumbolimbo.org

RIDING STYLE

Flatwater - Whitewater Class II Rapids - SUP Surfing - River & Lake Flatwater - SUP Photography - River Surfing - Parks - & SUP Instructor -

PADDLING QUALIFICATIONS

ACA Level II Instructor - Current First Aid Certificate

INTERESTING FACTS

I have been on some pretty great adventures. I have lived with nomads and herded horses in Mongolia, climbed Kilimanjaro, hiked the Inca trail for a few days to Machu Pichu, whitewater kayaked in Ecuador, swam with river dolphins in the Amazon. Or, if that sounds braggy, let’s just go with the facts that I’m a good dancer, but an absolutely terrible singer (really, like a goat with a sore throat bad!)

THE FUTURE

While always looking to improve my skills, a main focus right now is endurance. I would like to do the ‘Crossing for a Cure’ from the Bahamas back to Palm Beach next year. Also, I would like my own travel/adventure/nature show!

BEGINNER SUP LESSONS

INTERMEDIATE SUP LESSONS

 

FAVORITE PADDLING LOCATIONS

SURF / COASTAL – Ocean Reef Park – FLORIDA

I have paddled most, if not all, of the boards Earth River SUP makes. The longer boards are great for paddlboard camping (Peanut Island is a good local spot for this), and the short boards are great fun for going out to play in some waves. My general go to board is my 9’6”. It does everything and I love taking it out with me on the beach here.

FLATWATER – Johnathan Dickinson Park – FLORIDA

Beautiful and relaxing with great wild life encounters.

WHITEWATER – MATHER GORGE – VIRGINIA

Great whitewater spot in the Potomac.

CAMP SUP FOR KIDS (AGES 11-17)

 
 

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