Welcome To The Team – Kimberley Kenyon
In November we announced the arrival of Badfish boards into Canada. As part of this growth we are excited to welcome Kimberley Kenyon to the team! Read on to hear more about Kimberley in her own words, and make sure to give her a shout out on the river!
What is your background as a paddler/surfer? As a person?
I was born and raised in Prince George, beautiful British Columbia, a province I travelled and explored while working as a tree planter and surfer on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. I am currently working full time as a Red Seal Industrial Instrument Mechanic. I escape into the wilderness on my split board and onto the water with my paddleboard every chance I get.
I have been working hard to encourage new paddlers since I started SUP in 2012 when a passionate paddler suggested I take to the rivers to free myself from being a landlocked surfer! With the support and guidance from an amazing river community, I find myself where I am today. As president of the Northwest Brigade Paddling Club, I help organize the local paddling festivals and direct the club’s members to keep our credentials up to date.
What brings you joy?
Paddling, more specifically white water stand-up paddle boarding. . It is all about the community and overcoming new challenges. Paddling is a sport which creates positivity and fosters personal growth. Paddling with a solid supportive community that accepts me and encourages one another to learn and laugh is where I want to be. JOY. Oh yeah, and all this awesomeness happens outside!
What makes you excited about joining Team Badfish?
I am excited to work with an innovative company that is focused on building boards specifically designed for playing and performing on the river. I have seen the passion and dedication the team has, and I am grateful to be a part of one of the hardest working teams around. Badfish has always inspired me to stick to my feet and keep pushing what I think is possible.
What’s your favorite Badfish board?
My 2019 Mike Tavares Rivershred 9’6”. This board has outperformed what I had ever expected from an inflatable on the river. The extra layers built-in giving it strength and a slight bit of weight to help keep its momentum up, while still being light enough to maneuver effectively. The rocker in the board is dialed in. This part of the design is essential for river performance and FUN!
What are your GOALS for 2020?
My goals for the 2020 season are to collaborate with Reta Boychuck from RetaSUPS, to bring certified stoke and an experienced resource to grow the SUP community. This year I am starting my resource and instructional business, Born to Board, for Stand Up Paddle Boarding. My passion for teaching started when chasing waves landed me a surfing instructor job, north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I can not wait to combine my passions for paddling and teaching and share my love of the water. Also, I am extremely excited to be joining Reta, in our girls’ trip to Colorado this spring!
Follow Kimberley on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/babe.borntoboard/
Check out her new project Born To Board – http://borntoboard.ca
Northwest Brigade Paddling Club – https://www.facebook.com/groups/297571726611/