Welcome to the Family Alex Mauer

 In Team Riders

We are pleased to announce Alex Mauer as our newest member of the Badfish team. Alex lives in Denver, CO and is always looking to push the sport of river surfing. We’ve been paddling alongside Alex at events since the beginning of river SUP events and we’re excited to have him as part of our little family. This year Alex is looking to explore the possibilities of foil surfing by bringing it to the river. We love having people on our time that are looking to innovate and push what we thought to be possible on a board on a river. Be sure to look out for him at the waves across the state and the country. And now we give you Alex….

 

 

Home Paddling spot/wave?

my home wave is river run park in Sheridan, CO. I feel so lucky to be able to surf on such a great wave when the water starts flowing!


Your favorite paddling/surfing destination and why? 

I love to surf no matter where I am at or what I am surfing! But my favorite spot would have to be Rock Island in Tennessee because of the energy and the landscape. It feels like you are surfing in Jurassic Park and a dinosaur is about to pop out and chase you at any moment!


How did you get into river surfing and stand up paddling? 

I was born to surf! After learning how to surf in the ocean I started experimenting with different boards in the river. It was actually about the time Mike and Zach started experimenting with their first designs that I started to discover different waves in Colorado that you could ride a surfboard on! I had to surf even if I couldn’t surf everyday in the ocean! After my obsession with river surfing hit I got into downriver SUP to paddle stretches of river and search for new waves. I transitioned into SUP relatively easy. It was a perfect way to extend my season and surf smaller waves. After getting my first sponsor I started to race pretty heavily! Basically I love every aspect of the sport!!!

What are your goals for the 2018 season?

My main goals for the season are:

1. Explore the possibilities of foil surfing in the river.

2. I’m making a river surfing film with my brother. To raise awareness for clean water.

3. To surf as many waves as I can and compete in as many competitions as I can.


What else do you do for fun when you’re not paddling or surfing? 

I love to have fun all the time so anything I can conjure up! Skating, onewheeling, hiking, swimming, biking, rock climbing, cooking, watching movies… you name something fun and I am there!


You’ve been racing for quite a few years now, how do you feel the inland SUP race scene has changed and is it for better or worse? 

I was lucky enough to be at the first ever stand up paddle race in Colorado. I’ve also been fortunate enough to travel around and race out of state whenever I get the chance. At the beginning the inland surf scene sparked and started to take off really fast. After a couple of years the growth plateaued . In the last year or two the number of competitors has dwindled. It’s really sad for me to see the number of competitors start to decrease. I think the reason the number of competitors started to decrease is because of the specialty of race boards. If more people raced on inflatable‘s or just regular all-around boards more competitors might be compelled to go out and try racing. Not everyone can afford a $3000 race board.


Dogs or cats? 


Cats!!! Hands down cats are better! I mean come on Lions are king of the jungle! Wild dingos eat babies! 😂😂😂


If you had the opportunity to paddle anywhere in the world…where would you go and why?

 

I have a huge bucket list of places to paddle. There are so many cool places to go where you can surf or stand up paddle it’s hard to find time or money to make it to them all. At the top of my list right now is surfing Munich Germany! The eisba ch wave looks so sick!!!

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