GRAHAM OAKLEY

COLORADO / VIRGINIA

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I started stand up paddling when I heard that there was white water sup instructor position opening up. Having not SUPed much prior to teaching kids on the river I was quite nervous but after getting some certifications and paddling everyday it became natural for me. Through out my SUP experience I have always been able to teach paddle boarding both on white water and flat water, its nice to help someone hone in a peel out or just get the basics so they can feel comfortable on standing on a board. Teaching people to paddle board is my favorite part of SUPing.

I have always been a big fan of running bigger water and rivers which are abundant in the eastcoast. After moving to Colorado I had to adapt to the creek style of paddling on the smaller and shallower rivers in the west. While Colorado rivers are seasonal and smaller Colorado does have a thriving river surfing community, and with white water parks built all over you are never far from a surf. I really embraced the river surfing aspect of Colorado, something I was unfamiliar with before I moved, and have started shaping my own river surf boards. Hopefully I’ll be able to shape my own SUPs some day soon.

FAVORITE RIDES

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ERS WHITERWATER 10-0

I’ve ridden almost every model that ERS has to offer and they are all top notch quality. At Crosswater, we use the 10’7” as our main lesson boards and as a great all round SUP.
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G-ROCKER 7-2 RIVER SURF

We also use these in our programs and the 11-0 Skylake is brilliant for first timers and those wanting the most stable platform on water.
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INSTRUCTOR

Calleva’s Liquid Adventures is a paddlsports company in the Washington, D.C. area. We specialize in putting folks in a kayak for the first time to turning them into self-sufficient kayakers.  Our instructor team is second to none, we have Olympians, legends, and professional kayakers teaching with us - https://calleva.org (301) 216-1248

SOCIAL

@a.tall.drink.of.water

RIDING STYLE

River - Beach - SUP Surfing Class II - IV Rapids - SUP Instructor - River Surfing - Whitewater / Surf Parks

PADDLING QUALIFICATIONS

ACA Level IV Instructor - SWIFTWATER Rescue Certified - Current First Aid Certificate

INTERESTING FACTS

About to graduate from University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in sociology and minor in political science. I love to travel and I spent six months in south east Asia while taking some time off school.

THE FUTURE

The goal is to one day shape unique paddle boards and to always expand my river repertoire by paddling new rivers, new sections and new lines.

BEGINNER SUP LESSONS

INTERMEDIATE SUP LESSONS

 

FAVORITE PADDLING LOCATIONS

RIVER RUN PARK

Sweet surfing wave

WHITEWATER – COOPER PARK – CHERRY HILL, New Jersey.

The breaks, where I started paddle boarding and where I teach the most.

WHITEWATER – LITTLE FALLS – VIRGINIA

Little Falls, one of my favorite sections.

CAMP SUP FOR KIDS (AGES 11-17)

 
 

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