Profile: Austin Wilfley, SUP instructor in Dana Point
I’m Austin Wilfley from Dana Point, California. I’m a Paddle Surf instructor and Disney Lifeguard. I’ve been a SUP instructor for 3 years with my group called SUPer Dana. I’ve been surfing since I was 9 years old and once I stepped onto my first SUP I never used a kayak again. Standing on the water in the open ocean looking back at the world in total peace with the ocean moving and breathing beneath me was the most exhilarating feeling I ever had. I never looked at the ocean the same way again. It’s the most beautiful animal I’ve ever seen and even my wife will tell you I’m married to the ocean first. My favorite thing about the sport now is not the races and events but introducing people the sport and watching them grow in it,and love it as I do. I think the most important aspect of a board for my newbies is stability and the ability to paddle atleast 3 to 4 times or more on one side so their focus is on having fun and a great workout comes with less effort. I designed the Aqualine and Delphinus SUPs in 2008 which you can see at www.aqualinesportboats.com, www.sunsetinflatables.com, and currently looking for a partner for my new patented paddle design for SUP safety and defense against predators like gators, sharks, ect.
You can follow me on twitter at @SUPerDanaSurf
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