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PADDLERS to WATCH

Jason Latham – the SUP’n Samoan

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If you follow any SUP social media pages you might have stumbled upon the profile of JASON LATHAM or more commonly known as Jlay. He is a SUP surfer that absolutely SHREDS but manages to still have a day job and chase his dreams of SUP WORLD TOUR championships. The 29 year old is currently based out of Brunswick, Georgia- proving it doesn’t matter where you are + if you can shred people will notice. I first noticed him when I was watching the APP SUP tour on Oahu. He was a little bit older than the guys I was used to watching and I had just never heard about him honestly but when I asked around I heard nothing but good things. And I saw him turn a small day at sunset into an entertaining day on the waves.

I AM CHOOSING HIM AS THIS YEARS SILENT KILLER for the SUP SURF division (calling it now lol).

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Jason is the first Pro SUP surfer from the state of Georgia and is also the first PRO to come from American Samoa which is a crazy accomplishment in itself. Jason didn’t start SUP until 2013 and says “SUP feels different-its natural for me. Better perspective/ easier access to breaks. With SUP its pioneering something new while exercising body-mind-soul.” Jason proves a few points that I constantly preach: SUP where you can and Don’t listen to the people around you-FOLLOW your plan.

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I asked him what his favorite boards were and he has a SOLID quiver of JIMMY LEWIS SUPS that range from SMALL wave catchers to PERFORMANCE sleds that you can Check out on their website for more info I will list the boards so maybe you can get radical like Jlay does. (7’7 StunGun-7’5 Super Tech- 6’11 Super Frank)

He had some solid advice for his fellow paddlers: “If you truly want to get better, just go out no matter what the conditions are. Rain, shine, choppy or glassy. “A smooth sea never made a good sailor” Same applies to paddling.”

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If I had to sum him up HUMBLE-HARDWORKING- POSITIVE.

.If you aren’t already ADD JASON LATHAM to your watchlist for 2018 in the SUP SURF Division. Follow him on SOCIAL MEDIA.

4 comments

  1. Feels like I got the winner ticket.. read an article by #standupjournal where they announced the 1st Pro SUP Surfer from Georgia … ” I have to meet this guy ” ..been paddling surfing since 2010, living in Atlanta, and the idea of surfing with a local PRO sounds just perfect. ..I reached out to him via Instagram, we began friends , encouraging each other until we finally meet at North Florida at Hurricane Maria and had the chance to surf 3 days in different conditions, I felt like I knew JLay all my live , we instantly conected and shared experience knolodge , I was stoked to meet him , absolutely a golden heart and soul kind of guy , he really deserves all the support he can get , his unique and natural talent must been recognized by the whole SUP world !!!

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