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Ryan Knysh

Ryan Knysh

Team Rider

Home: Alberta Beach, Alberta
Surf Spot: Sano
Food: Taco’s
Other Interests: Jiu Jitsu, Moto, and anything on a board

Ryan was the first full time Northern Infinity member. After a professional MMA run where he captured the King Of The Cage 135lbs title he was injured in a Motocross accident. Paddleboard was a great rehab and he fell in love with the competition aspect of it. After 2 short racing seasons he was lucky enough to meet Dave Boehne. In 2013 he made the trip to southern California to get acquainted with the fastest boards on the planet, never looking back.

Over the next 3 years Ryan spent the majority of the winters living in his van or with the Infinity family in Dana Point training while competing in every race he could. Training with the original Speedfreaks and Performance Paddling was like a dream come true. In 2016 Ryan was selected to represent Canada in the ISA world games in Fiji. 2016 was also the year he welcomed his daughter into his life. Between racing, teaching Sup skills, Dad life and the real estate career he decided it would be the last full-time training/racing season.

Still looking to get better every day Ryan is very active in the Alberta and West Sup scene. He coaches all levels of paddlers and produces some very fast up and comers.

Genna Flinkman

Genna Flinkman

Team Rider

Home: Edmonton, Alberta
Surf Spot: Tofino / San O
Food: Sushi, Ice Cream, Reese
Other Interests: Skateboarding, Mountain Biking, Photography, Beer, Hockey, Dreaming about Surf

Relatively new to the SUP world, Genna is known for two things: A fast sprint/start and an angry look on her face. But don’t let the angry look and tattoos scare you, she is probably singing a terrible pop song in her head and smiling….on the inside.

In her second year of racing and sup surfing she won the Canadian SUP Surf title and earned her spot on team Canada for the 2017 ISA’s in the technical, sprint, and SUP surf events. 2017 took her to two stops on the Eurotour, earning a 3rd place in the spring race at Hossegor and a top 10 finish in the technical and distance. In Denmark, at the ISA’s, she finished 8th in the sprints and 14th in the technical. To round out the year she finished 14th overall at the highly competitive Pacific Paddle Games.

Stella Gan

Stella Gan

Team Rider

Home: Barrie, Ontario
Surf Spot: Playa Guiones – Costa Rica
Paddle Spot: Kempenfelt Bay – Barrie, ON
Food: Nachos, Tacos, Beer & Wine
Other Interests: Traveling, Skiing, Hiking and Working Out

Stella started stand up paddling in 2011 and has only recently decided to jump into the racing scene. In 2017, her very first race was an indoor event at the Toronto Boat Show, followed by the Harbour Island course at the Carolina Cup. Last summer she participated in one of the local Ontario SUP Series Events where she took first place in the Open Race category. In 2018 she returned to the Carolina Cup, finishing on the podium with a 3rd place finish.  Her plan for 2018 is to participate in a couple more of the Ontario SUP Series events, a 50km (32 miles) Lake Ontario Crossing in July, and to head out west to Infinity SUP home turf and to participate in the Pacific Paddle Games (PPG) in the fall.

A true SpeedFreak at heart, Stella is on the water almost every day working on improving her technique to be an efficient paddler and to make her Custom Blackfish go faster.

Brent Schmidt

Brent Schmidt

Team Rider

Home: Ottawa, Ontario
Surf Spot: Bate Island Ottawa River
Food: Burritos
Other Interests: Kiteboard, fat bike, river surfing , motorcycle, handy-man, restore retro campers

I’v been enjoying the SUP seen for the get go. My brother and I started up a small SUP import company B&B SURF that designed recreational, river surf and race boards for 4 years. I have always enjoyed Sup racing trying to get faster every year. Past few years racing the Carolina Cup I have managed a third and second place finish in the 50-60 category behind the likes of Larry Cain and just ahead of Jim Terrell the second year. It was great racing with Jimmy down inter coastal. This year will be weekends of SUP racing here in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and New York and Vermont.

I am very excited to be racing with the 14X23 Infinity Blackfish this year. I know having this board under by feet will give me the speed I need to make the podiums this summer. Hope to see you on the line this summer. Maybe I will let you try my Blackfish.

Jamie Lee Moir

Jamie Lee Moir

Team Rider

Home: Ottawa Ontario
Surf Spot: Frisco NC, Maui Hawaii
Food: Wings, Ribs and Donuts
Other interest: Crossfit and hanging out with my dog

Fairly new to the SUP world, just a little over 3 years, but have a lot of races under my belt. In 2016 I raced the Ontario SUP series, placing 2nd in points. Won the Easter Canadian SUP Championship and ended the season with a 5th place finish at Carolina Cup, money Island race.

I always try using my height to my advantage. Give me some waves and some wind and I am good to go!! It’s the only time being short really works in your favour.

Looking forward to hitting the water this race season after some heavy dry land training this winter.

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

Ambassador

Home: Kincardine, Ontario
Surf Spot: Kincardine Pier, Salinas Grandes
Food: Chips
Other iInterests: Metal, Camping, Live music

Josh Gordon is a Great Lakes surfer from Ontario Canada. A passion for skateboarding and snowboarding from a young age led him to surfing and SUP. Josh is a pioneer of SUP Surfing on the Great Lakes and continues to develop the sport through his work with the Canadian Surfing Association, the West Shore Huron Classic surf competition, and the Kincardine Surf Club. To beat the Canadian winter blues he often takes trips to warmer climates and has dedicated years of SUP and exploration throughout the country of Nicaragua. Josh represented his home country of Canada at the 2014 ISA World SUP games. He continues to help develop the Stand Up Paddle scene on the Great Lakes and will be competing throughout 2018.

Rachelle Price

Rachelle Price

Ambassador

Lives: London, Ontario
Favorite SUP Spot: anywhere on the Great Lakes
Favorite Foods: Chicken Wings and Pizza
Other Interest: SUPsurf, Hiking, Travel, Camping, Hockey

Rachelle hasn’t wasted any time since falling in love with Standup Paddling in 2013. She has been exploring various waterways around her home town in London Ontario, Canada and training year round for the Ontario SUP series and travels to complete in some of the sports biggest U.S races.

In her second year of racing Rachelle placed 1stfor woman’s overall and took home the Ontario SUP Series championship trophy.

In August 2016 Rachelle competed in her first international race the Detroit OABI and placed second. Not long after she took the gruelling challenge of competing and completing the Infamous 31 mile Chattajack race in Chattanooga Tennessee

When she’s not on her SUP Rachelle spends it in the fast lane as a territory sales representative for Oakley and loves spending times in the great outdoors makings memories with her friends and family

Robb Hobbs

Robb Hobbs

Ambassador

Home: Innisfail, Alberta
Surf Spot: Tofino, Byron Bay, West Ed
Food: 5cent candy
Other Interests: Snowboarding, Hockey, Golf

Started SUP in 2011 on a 10’6 all rounder and since then have been hooked. Simply enjoy the lifestyle the sport has allowed me have, from sleeping in my truck and SUP surfing in Tofino to hitting up random lakes and being the only person on the water. Started getting more into racing in the last few years and it’s been great. I have met some awesome people, paddled some cool places and have had some good finishes, but always looking to be better and get faster…que the blackfish. Looking forward to travelling to events in Alberta/BC and just being on the water paddling with friends and family. See ya on the water.