Hannah Ray J
Date of Birth: 12 October 1984
Country: USA City: Manchester, IA
Primary Sport: Whitewater kayaking and SUP
Other Sports: river surfing, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, outside adventures.
Proudest Moment: Introducing the Perreault family to whitewater kayaking and SUPing. I was lucky to have the opportunity to help Kris Perreault refine his kayak roll and then see him teach his 11 year old son how to roll his own whitewater kayak. Emily Perreault got her first SUP surf on our Iowa wave and Emara, the oldest daughter, and I SUP surf tandem on Double D Wave, in Charles City Iowa. The Perraults also have a 18mo daughter, Evie, who has already been on a kayaking overnight trip to Isle Royale in Lake Superior. They are a great family of whitewater paddlers, I’m grateful to share the river them! Highlights: Learning 360s and shuvits on my SUP Board and kayaking with Stephen Wright and the Holcombe family at my home whitewater park. Helping my hometown bring a whitewater park to our community, removing the low head dam and creating recreational river opportunities.
Dreams and Aspirations: Continuing to spread the whitewater stoke in Iowa and the Midwest, building more whitewater parks, volunteering my skills and knowledge by hosting kayaking and SUP clinics, and reconnecting people to the river and the outdoors.
Sponsors: BadfishSUP, Werner Paddles, Jackson Kayak, Colorado River Surf Company, No Coast Stand Up, Crawdaddy Outdoors, Bug Protector