Wilderness travel has always been what gets Paul Clark fired up so he turned it into a “job” as an adventure SUP athlete, photographer, industry correspondent and brand ambassador. Paul’s resume includes stints as a long-distance sea kayaker, Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker, backcountry skier, avalanche rescue dog handler, and Outward Bound instructor. Call us envious! Paul has been part of a number of first descents of rivers on a paddle board, including the first sup-supported trip on the Upper and Middle Owyhee. He’s also the first – and only – person to paddle board the 100 mile length of the lower Deschutes River on a paddle board within a 16-hour period. As a sea kayaker Paul paddled the 1,000-mile length of Baja’s Sea of Cortez coast twice, both times solo, the second time establishing a kayak speed record of 25 days. When he’s not setting records you can find Paul on Bend’s duff mountain bike trails, hiking wherever his feet will take him, or fine tuning his slackline skills.
What gets you excited about embarking on an adventure?
The novelty of my trips keeps me excited. When people ask me in surprise, “You are going to do that on a paddle board?!” It’s pretty exciting to answer “Yes!”
What does “Genuine” mean to you?
“Being yourself. Being unique. Having value.”