Earth River SUP Riders and Associates
ERS Team Riders are highly skilled paddlers and are an important part of product development team. Our Associates ride ERS and espouse the values and ethos we consider essential to the core of ERS.
Most of our team hold ACAor WPA instructor certifications and are actively involved in teaching stand up paddle boarding and related fitness lifestyles. Everyone in the ERS eco-system purchases their equipment and is required to represent the core values of Earth River SUP. We don't send free products into the vapid void of instagram, youtube or twitter influencers to say nice things about us - or pay a bunch of model actors for the day to pretend they are having a good time.
These are real people that are invested in the lifestyle of stand up paddle boarding and have a history of being involved in the sport. Riders choose to ride ERS - and we are thrilled to have such an amazing team out on the water representing us.
GREGORY MILLER >
MARYLAND / DC
Greg owns and operates Paddlestroke SUP out of the Potomac River in MD.
An experienced surfer Greg transfers these skills easily to whitewater and river surfing environments. Greg is an integral part of the ERS Design Team having been involved since the the inception with Earth River SUP.
MELANIE WEBB >
Melanie runs the water out in Utah and owns her own adventure company Solfitness Adventures. In 2019 Melanie released her new book - Adventures in MOTHER NATURE’S GYM which addresses the issues of how social media has taken over our lives - and finding a way to re-connect with nature. Melanie was the first person to navigate the red tape involved in getting a permit to teach SUP in national parks
COLE REINTSMA >
Cole rides anywhere up and down the West Palm Beach coast areas and explores the shallow inlets and national parks.
A Science Educator by profession - Cole is passionate about nature conservation and wildlife. Cole is an excellent surfer and has competed in SUP races just recently completing an 80 mile race for the Crossing For a Cure cause.
Ben is a full-time paddlesport instructor and teaches throughout the USA through his business Precision Paddlesports. Ben currently certifies instructors for the ACA and feels incredibly fortunate to have been able to teach, compete, and pursue his own paddling pursuits in Europe, Central America, the Virgin Islands, New Zealand, and throughout the U.S. Ben currently resides in Burlington, Vermont and is enjoying exploring new areas to paddle throughout New England.
A kayaker, competing internationally in Freestyle and creek racing it was inevitable the time would come when Adrian needed to stand up and here he is, happily landing on two feet with Earth River SUP. Adrian has been involved in the industry from many angles, as an athlete, coach and retailer, having studied in both Outdoor Education and Watersports management at degree levels. He is also the Jackson Kayak European Whitewater team manager as well as runs my own Canoe Hire centre in France's Loire Valley.
An ERYT 500 certified Yoga Instructor Natasha brings unrivaled knowledge, dedication, and fun to her sessions.
Widely regarded throughout the DMV as one of the best pure yoga instructors, Natasha also has qualifications in SUP paddling and runs sessions through her school Warrior One Yoga. Natasha always brings a positive vibe to anything she is involved with.
GABRIELLE ROVEGNO >
The ERS Surfing Farmer. Under the watch of Greg Miller she is transferring those surfing skills to river surfing and is never missing a session at the local holes. Gabrielle recently competed in the innaugural Reston SUP Triathlon
Gabrielle also takes great pictures on her Instagram of bugs and plants and the environment when out on her SUP.
TRINITY DAVIS >
Family man and excellent whitewater paddler, Trinity runs the often shallow water around Lexington KY and will surf any pocket he can find.
Trinity takes great photos and his Instagram is a healthy mix of skilled paddling - and spectacular wipeouts.
SEBASTIEN HARDING >
Sebastien is an outstanding paddler who runs a clothing / lifestyle brand Crimson Ape.
A kiteboarder, artist, and all round thrill seeker Sebastien latest extreme adventure is that of fatherhood.
MICHELLE HOLLY >
Fluent in American Sign Language and a Special Olympics coach, Michelle is able to paddle in incredible scenery all over Europe
Equally at hime exploring flat lakes and canals, she is also an excellent river surfer.
MARTINA OERTLING >
An expert in the field of AnatomyinMotion (AiM) and Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), Martina has over 25 years of personal training experience.
A competitive acrobat - training at the prestigious OSC Berlin in her youth - Martina is transfers all these skills to her paddling.
DAVE 'BROKEBACK' HARDING >
'Brokeback' is known by almost every paddler in the DMV basin and is the marketing manager for Calleva Summer Camp .
Dave possesses no fear but enjoys instilling it in others as a talented designer of horror around the halloween holiday.
GRAHAM OAKLEY >
Graham is an experienced whitewater runner / river surfer who is up for running and trying almost anything.
During the summer he manages a retail operation out in Colorado and spends his time trying out new shapes and designing boards.
JUSTIN GREEN >
MARYLAND / COLORADO
Justin is a very skilled paddler who is the fittest person we know. A cross trainer instructor he is equally at home in whitewater as he is providing SUP instruction to first timers.
He is currently completing a Masters of Science in Sport Management at Mount St. Mary's University
MARYLAND / COLORADO
A competition class kayaker, Steve-O can be found in the world class waters of the Potomac, MD running whitewater.
Steve is the Director of Calleva Liquid Adventures and while we don't see him out of that kayak as much as we would like - his experience on the water translates to SUP.
A Vagabond grandmother, pharmacist, and nature nerd lives on the road full time with her husband Rob in their RV, The Adventure Lab, the perfect basecamp for each new paddling destination.
Her curiosity and training as an environmental educator and certified interpretive guide lead her to search out and share new water and it’s resident wildlife.
Rob retired in 2017 after serving for 29 years in the US Public Health Service and he now embraces life as a full-time nomad along with his wife Christy and their black lab Oliver.
Rob has been an avid whitewater kayaker for many years, but has more recently taken to stand-up paddle boarding as a great way to enjoy rivers, lakes and coastal areas.
Kristy is a very talented Yoga instructor and practitioner and photographer combining these skills as the 'DC Yoga Mom'.
Kristy has paddled ERS in destinations such as Thailand and Brasil and is currently running her chocolate empire River-Sea Chocolates with husband Mariano.
ERIC FRIEDLANDER >
Eric is a very skilled paddler that has been around the sport from a very young age. He currently teaches out of Surf Reston under the guise of long time Virginian expert SUP instructor Steve Gurney.
An occasional racer and skill to tail drop any board - Eric is also great at running whitewater.
Alisa is an experienced paddler who holds a PhD in neuroscience.
A natural on the water Alisa competed in a SUP race just a few weeks after she started paddling and came in first place! Originally from Ontario Canada.
Mariano is an early adopter of the stand up paddle boarding movement, is a very experienced paddler and SUP racer.
He rides anything an everything which gives him unique insights into SUP gear that we incorporate into ERS gear development.