Shane may better be known as the "Stand up Guy" the crazy guy who competes in ultra long distance events against kayaks and canoes on his stand up paddleboard. We are extremely pleased to be sponsoring Shane, and to be working on some his upcoming events. I had a chance to talk to Shane and get to know him a bit better.
Shane give us a little background on who you are?
So at 37 years old I am a Parks worker for a small municipality in Missouri. I'm married to an incredible woman who puts up with my paddling craziness and have 2 kids, My son is 3 and daughter is 1. We have 4 chickens, a dog, and about 18 SUP's in our basement.
In 2011 I became driven by SUP and became passionate for the sport even though no-one had heard about it in the Missouri. To spread the stoke I decided to race in the MR340, a 340 mile river race. After becoming the 1st person to ever SUP the race, I looked at bigger races. The Following year I completed La Ruta Maya Belize (179 miles) and became the first solo paddler (and SUP) to finish the race. It's a 3 man canoe race. Later that year I became the first to complete the texas water safari (260 miles). A month later I raced the MR340 again. My last adventure march 2013 was a 300 mile ocean race called the Florida everglades challenge. After finishing it, I became the 1st SUP ever to do so, I continued an extra 100 miles to promote organ donation.
How did you get started in SUP? What drew you to the sport?
I started in 2008 by building a wooden paddle and standing up in my 14' old town canoe. I couldn't afford to have a board shipped in so that was my only option. The following years I spent building boards out of wood strip, with many failures, until 2011 when a local shop started carrying SUP's. They offered to sponsor me with a board. So from the first time I set foot on a real board I was drawn to the freedom it offered. The vertical view offering more time to place yourself on the river coupled with the control and responsiveness a board offered really pulled me in.
What was the motivation for your first expedition? Which was the first?
The first big race was in 2011. The MR340. It's 340 miles non-stop on the Missouri river. It runs from Kansas City to St. Chalres, MO. We shot a documentary on it because we really didn't know what to expect. It's funny because in the documentary you can see how horrible my stroke was as an amateur.
How do you train for these expeditions? Physically and Mentally?
The training really has become a lifestyle. Monday-Friday at 4am I'm up doing my weight training session. Then I'm off to work for the Parks Department 6:30-3pm which is a laborious job. Then once home I'll hit a good 1-1.5hr cardio session. Weekends I'll try to log 4-10 hours out paddling on the river. The best training is the Upriver paddles.
What do you eat and drink on the water?
It has taken me a over a year to figure out my nutrition. But now I trust it to Spiz, a complete meal replacement that comes in powder form. 4 scoops mixed with 16oz of water. it's 500 calories and has everything you need. And of course there's a delicate balance electrolyte balance endurance athletes always face, so I use camelback elixir tabs for electrolyte replacement.
What have been some of challenges you encountered on the way? People, Weather, or Animals?
On most of my big races the challenge has been winning over the crowd. When I show up people usually already know there's some stand up paddler trying to finish "their" long distance race. I've been heckled, laughed at, and had people take bets as to where I'll drop out in the race. The funny part is it only fuels me when I race. They have no idea but they're actually helping me.
I'm not even sure how it came about. Probably the normal way things emerge, having lunch or a few beers with a friend and this great idea gets thrown out there. Then next day we say is that something we want to pursue? Next thing I know I'm working on logistics.
So July 20th I''ll race in the 100 mile paddle NY. then drive 24hours back to my home state of Missouri and race in the MR340, a 340 mile non-stop river race. 24 hours later I'll land paddle 100 miles while carrying an inflatable SUP and my gear which at the end of I'll pump up the SUP and paddleboard 100 miles down river to end at the ST. Louis Arch. Yup, this definitely came from drinking a few beers with my friends.
What do you have coming up next year?
There are 2 races I've been eyeballing. One is a 1000 mile self supported river race and the other is a 1200 mile unsupported ocean race. Logistics are always a bear so that usually determines which one i'll do.
The major concern was how a board was going to hold up on a race that long. Glide shield technology has erased that worry for me now.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to get into expedition paddling?
Don't do it. it's expensive and you'll drive your wife nuts! All joking aside, start small. My first race was 35 miles back in 2011. I learned a lot from that race. From that I tried a 100 mile race. Then a 340 mile etc. The best way to get into expedition paddling is take your first trip with a small group. Always go with someone more experienced than you. Even if you have to take a kayaker with you. That way you can share the gear load and if something goes wrong you have help. And if you ever have any questions about anything don't be afraid to contact me email@example.com
Are you a dog or cat person?
Dog all the way. This past month we were adopted by a 100lb Great Pyrenes puppy named Bear. He's a big goofy dog that is full of love. He's been awarded the nickname "stinky bear" by my son.
Were done here.... (Ken is a self admitted crazy cat person)