Women who SUP: Caroline Hossack
a Short interview with my long time friend, super woman and all round water girl. She can do it all, believe me — from surfing, kitesurfing, skateboarding, biking & art work — I’ve seen her do it all and had the privilege of sharing a couple of waves with her on numerous occasions…..
So here we go:
Age : 56
CTS: Tell us a bit about yourself?
CH: I’m a water lover & sea addict, kitesurfer & graduate surfer to Sup’per….
CTS: How long have you been Stand Up Paddle Boarding?
CH: Been supping a year and a half now.
CTS: How did you get into SUP?
CH: I tried supping one day when the waves were just too small to surf. Borrowed a big 10 footer & after falling off about 50 times, I caught my first wave . That was it, I was totally hooked & then went smaller with the boards, finally settling on a Full Carbon board that is so light I can carry it anywhere & it moves & turns like lightning on a wave!
CTS: Do you do SUP Surf / Yoga / Cruize?
CH: Waveriding is my preference.
CTS: What boards to you ride? (Brand / Size)
CH: I ride a Carbon VanHunks 7,6 x 29.
CTS: Favourite Spot?
CH: Not telling ! Although it is West Coast…. :-)
CTS:What’s the vibe like in the water?
CH: The vibe is great in the water, always a smile, although coming from a surfing background I make sure to give a wave away to a surfer first. It’s way easier to catch a wave on a Sup & I get loads of waves.
CTS: Do you recon there is enough female SUP coverage out there?
CH: Sup coverage is growing for women as is the sport for women, I find it pretty even actually .
CTS: Are there any barriers that prevent more women from taking up the
CH: No barriers at all . A lot of women catch on faster than men when it comes to Sup’ping . I think our balance is better & I know lots of women who have gone straight into Supping never having surfed at all .
CTS: Lastly, would you buy a Pink SUP Board?
CH: Yes, Pink is spectacular ! I think we love to distinguish ourselves from the guys anyway , although pink is also no longer exclusively a female’s choice in sporting gear!