SEBASTIEN HARDING

WASHINGTON D.C / MARYLAND / VIRGINIA

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Originally from Dominican Republic, I would spend the summers there with my family. We would spend a lot of time outdoors but i remember always being attracted to the waves.

Body surfing quickly evolved to boogie boarding, then surfing, kitesurfing, and eventually SUP. My first experience on a SUP was at our local surf break in tiny waves with no instruction. It was difficult to even keep my balance and i had no idea what to do with the paddle but it was a fun challenge.

Over the next couple years i would try it every once in a while but wasn’t until one day at Chincoteague when it all clicked. There wasn’t enough wind to kite so i took a SUP out  and had a blast on 2 foot waves! Soon after i got my own board and now i don’t leave home with out it. It lets you be on the water in almost any conditions, and opens access to all types of places. Later I got certified to teach and met Greg with paddlestroke SUP who introduced me to the river.  This opened up a whole new world right in my own backyard and how I started riding ERS.

FAVORITE RIDES

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ERS 10-7 V-II

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ERS 7-2 RIVER SURF

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ERS 6-5 RIVER SURF

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OWNER

www.crimsonape.com – Lifestyle brand inspired by athletes in the elements and showcased through art. 

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SUP INSTRUCTOR

Sebastien currently teaches out of www.paddlestrokesup.com (301) 442-6864

Regarded by local paddlers as the best stand up paddle board lesson program in the DC / Maryland area. Paddlestroke SUP provides you with top-quality, enthusiastic, supportive instruction from experienced professional stand up paddlers. Your first lesson will be in a safe, calm-water environment where you’ll learn the basics but we offer further tuition in intermediate / advanced skills - river running - SUP Camp for Kids - & One on One or large group tuition.

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RIDING STYLE

River - Oceanand Flat Water Exploring - SUP Surfing Class II - Rapids Class III Rapids - SUP Instructor - River Surfing - SUP Photography  -Expeditions / Long Distance

PADDLING QUALIFICATIONS

ASI Level I Instructor - Current First Aid Certificate

INTERESTING FACTS

I have a 1 year old daughter, a green thumb, and a love for sharing new experiences. I’m also an artist, a snowboarder, and a sailor.

THE FUTURE

I look forward to seeing the continuous evolution of board sports and its athletes. I want to be there to keep learning, teaching, and sharing new experiences with future boarders.

BEGINNER SUP LESSONS

INTERMEDIATE SUP LESSONS

 

FAVORITE PADDLING LOCATIONS

WHITEWATER – GREAT FALLS – VIRGINIA / MARYLAND

Challenging rapids, river waves, and lots of fun in a concentrated area

SURF / COASTAL ChesaPEAKe Bay – MARYLAND

Private beach were we know some friends. When it gets windy its awesome for kiting, windsurding, and surfing the wind swell on SUP

WAVES / FLATWATER – Chincoteague – VIRGINIA

Awesome spot for waves, with flat water access across the parking lot

CAMP SUP FOR KIDS (AGES 11-17)

 
 

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