HOOD RIVER, Oregon - Werner Paddles' stand up paddle athlete, Fiona Wylde, may be one of the most talented water women in the world. But what means the most to us is that she is one kindest, friendliest people you will ever meet. These and all of her positive traits were on display at a recent "Paddle with the Pros" clinic hosted by Big Winds in her home town of Hood River, Oregon.
"Paddle with the Pros" is a program that gets some of our top athletes on the water with paddlers of all abilities. Some want advice on moving up to the next level of racing, some want to hear more about what the life of a traveling pro paddler is like and others just want to get on the water with the athletes they look up to. At just 18 years of age, it wasn't that far back that Fiona herself was just starting out, trying SUP and eventually joining Big Wind's "JET" youth development program. So anytime she can get on the water and share the stoke of SUP that was passed down to her, she will jump at the opportunity to give back.
All in all over 40 paddlers came out to join. Some to support their local Hood River hero, others just to get on the water with friends and family. What it's really all about.
Thanks to everyone who helped out and made this a success, most of all Big Winds for their part. But it seems like Hood River and the Columbia were the ones that really showed up for Fiona. What a day to get on the water.