Spencer Lacy

Professional Paddle Boarder, Adventurer

Age: 25

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Other Sports: Skiing, mountain biking, kayaking

Sponsors: Badfish SUP, Werner Paddles, Astral, Kokatat, Ojai Energetics

Biggest recent accomplishment: 1st SUP descent of the class IV-V bridge-to-bridge section of the Futaleufu in Chile.

About me: I am a pro whitewater stand up paddle (SUP) boarder and I participate in what I believe is the new American dream, #vanlife. I travel from river to river, hitting all the competitions I can and surfing every standing wave in my path. I try to spend as much time as possible paddling on the rioas the snow melts over the summer months. I don’t have a shower installed in my $1,500, 1992 Toyota Previa Minivan home, but being in the river everyday washes the smell away.

I started spending time on the river with my father and older brother when I was only five years old. From then on, summers were filled with raft trips and kayaking, especially since my dad is the president of Recreation Engineering and Planning (REP), a company dedicated to building whitewater parks around the country. I have a degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, and I work for REP between paddling trips.

During the past few years, I have gone on to win many whitewater competitions including the GoPro Mountain Games in Colorado and complete pioneering whitewater missions like my six-day, 226-mile, self-supported SUP descent of the Grand Canyon. I try to SUP bigger whitewater than anyone considers possible and travel all over the world paddling and showing off this new sport.

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