JOHN GANCARZ

PENNSYLVANIA / NEW JERSEY

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My passion for watersports all started when I learned how to sail at a local yacht club on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, NJ. I quickly fell in love with racing them and after a few summers I became a junior instructor. Fast forward four years to graduate school and working in the D.C. when I decided to get back on the water, but this time on an inflatable paddleboard.

I began exploring small lakes nestled throughout the region and slowly incorporated fishing into my SUP routine. While out fishing from my paddleboard one morning, I fatefully met the owner of Surf Reston, Steve Gurney and he recruited me to join his team of instructors. After getting WPA certified, I started instructing lessons in Reston, VA and loved sharing my passion for SUP with the local community. I soon realized the potential for something similar back home so I decided to open my own SUP service on the same body of water where I learned how to sail. I’m thrilled at the opportunity to help build a thriving community of paddleboard enthusiasts in my hometown!

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FAVORITE RIDES

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10-7 SKYLAKE GREEN™

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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ERS 12-6 V-II

We use this board at Crosswater SUP to provide return students with better tracking and stability on flatwater. I also choose it as my personal ERS Ride.
 
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OWNER AND HEAD INSTRUCTOR

We provide personalized standup paddleboard lessons out of Cooper River in Cherry Hill, New Jersey guided by WPA and ACA certified instructors on calm, flat water.

www.crosswatersup.com (609) 444-7077

CROSSWATER SUP FACEBOOK

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RIDING STYLE

River and Lake Flatwater – SUP Surfing – SUP Instructor

PADDLING QUALIFICATIONS

Level III Instructor

Level I Instructor

INTERESTING FACTS

I somehow find a way to turn my hobbies into side hustles which enables me to keep acquiring wonderful toys to play with.

THE FUTURE

Outside of expanding Crosswater, I’m competing in a few SUP races on the east coast and volunteering with environmental charities to help keep our waters clean!

BEGINNER SUP LESSONS

INTERMEDIATE SUP LESSONS

 

FAVORITE PADDLING LOCATIONS

FLATWATER – Beaverdam Reservoir – VIRGINIA

Incredible spot and great water.

FLATWATER – LAKE ANNE – RESTON, VIRGINIA

A peaceful flatwater paddle with friends and my old teaching ground with Surf Reston.

FLATWATER – COOPER PARK – CHERRY HILL, New Jersey.

This hidden gem offers a unique perspective of Cooper River Park and the Philadelphia skyline (show this picture) and will be the home of Crosswater SUP starting Summer 2018!

FLATWATER – Shenandoah River – Virginia

My favorite place to take friends and family when visiting Virginia. Instead of renting a kayak, I brings along his 11’ Skylake SUP to provide a stable platform to fish from.

SURF – STRATHMERE – New Jersey.

This little town nestled between Ocean City, NJ and Sea Isle City, NJ offers a unique refuge from the crowds of nearby beaches. I take my board out here for a secluded surf session.

CAMP SUP FOR KIDS (AGES 11-17)

 
 

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