Professional stand-up paddle boarder Slater Trout is best known for his skill on the water as a fierce competitor who’s been racing on SUPs around the globe for longer than nearly any other athlete in the sport. Born in Florida and raised in Hawaii, Trout took up paddleboarding at the age of 11 when the sport was seen by many as a leisure activity for older surfers. Despite this reputation, Trout took up the sport at an early age just as things began to evolve and reach more extreme levels.
Today, Slater Trout is one of the most accomplished SUP athletes in the sport, having most recently finished in first place in the Pro Men’s Distance Race at the Santa Cruz Paddle Fest representing Team Infinity SUP.
Slater’s performance on the water, however, is not the only thing that sets him apart. A few years ago, Trout began chasing a new passion – skydiving.
Learn about Slater Trout’s journey from land to air to sea in the Q&A below.
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