Meet Joe Paddler: Paolo Ameglio, Miami, Florida

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Paolo Ameglio from Miami

Today’s Joe Paddler is Paolo Ameglio from Miami…

Where you were born and where you live now?

Born in Panama, Republic of Panama. Living in Miami, Florida.

What is your occupation?

I oversee operations at CAY Marine – we are a full service boat yard, but what we do best is custom work! In other words, we pimp the ride!

Where do you paddle the most?

Well, I have a great sup board but I actually paddle OC more than anything in Miami, Key Biscayne’s waters.

Do you have a favorite local paddleboard shop?

TKS here in South Beach has always been great to me with my SUP needs, but for Outrigger there is no one better than Crazy Paddler’s out of Clearwater – they are Ohana for sure!

What paddleboard, surfski or OC do you ride most?

KaheKai Oc-1 by Puakea – it is the best boat I have ever used!

Do you own any other paddleboards, surfskis or OCs and what kind?

Hobie 14 SUP (thanks Carolina Paddle Board Co for that one!) I have a 10.6 surf sup, a Ehukai OC-1 and a Tempest oc-2 I have issues, ha!

What paddle do you use?

Puakea OC-6 hybrid, on the one man. Catch 22 on the SUP.

Have you changed boards/paddles/equipment since you started? If so, why?

I changed paddles about a year ago right after I got back from paddling M2M, I used a Quickblade which is an excellent paddle in that race, but I find that having spent a lot of time working on my catch especially on the SUP with the Catch 22 I wanted an oc paddle that felt similar and heavier on the catch, When Puakea sent me a demo blade it took me about four practices to realize this was the blade I wanted, and have stuck with it since!

If you could travel to anywhere in the world to paddle, where would you go?

Maui! Which I have been to and had no desire to leave! Tahiti as well – I have never been but I will go at some point go! I love the paddle culture out there. Yes, racing is fun but they never forget to not make racing more important than family and friends, not to mention its beautiful out there!

Best piece of paddling advice you’ve ever received?

Two things will never lie to you: your GPS and video.  You think you’re going fast,  well review the data.   You think your technique is good, well, look at the video! Paddle, paddle, paddle!

Weirdest thing that’s happened to you while paddling?

I guess this would fall under weird or maybe crazy.  While out in Maui doing a Maliko Run, my training partner and I on the OC-2 took a wave the wrong way and snapped the iakos on our boat! We ended up swimming for a couple of hours with our boat eventually being rescued by Maui’s Ocean Rescue guys! So either that or getting pumped from behind by a playfull dolphin which happened last week 🙂

Favorite paddle and performance nutrition? (During races/ during a long haul)

Still working on race nutrition.   I have used Hammer Nutrition’s products – their gels  and electrolytes and find they work well for me. But I am experimenting now with other forms of nutrition as I am getting ready for Molokai in May, so check back with me on that one.

Goals for this year?

First one is to be as prepared as possible and do my best in Molokai. The second one is to make Team USA premier in Dragon Boating to go to China in October and wear the colors once again.

Favorite post-paddle nosh (snack/beer/recovery drink)

A really good, fresh of the grill double cheese burger and a Stella!

Your favorite non-paddle thing to do.

Cooking and on a nice day going for a ride on my motorcycle.

What piece of paddle gear do you wish someone would invent?

A downwind generator 10 mile long wave pool!

What’s your biggest challenge with SUP?

My knees on a sup board, on the oc-1 it’s stay smooth.

What is your proudest moment in a SUP race or event?

Racing in Canada at Worlds and after a very close race, coming back to chants of “USA USA!” still make me tear up and get chicken skin! That was a great day! Yet I think crossing the finish line for the first time in Molokai after crossing the Pailolo Channel with my training partner Christianne was the proudest moment.

Tell us about the best friend(s) you made through paddling.

WOW! That is the best thing about this sport! Christianne Maigre de Abascal, she trained with me for years and is generally just an amazing human! Then there is all of the Ohana crew that paddles Oc-1 with me in Miami, my teamates from Kana Lui and Team USA, Jean Rass & Lex Rass from Crazy Paddlers who introduced Maui to us, Riley Smith who is an ambassador of positivity! I mean the list is amazing and endless seems like every time I paddle somewhere I get a new friend for life!  Micheal Vanderwater and Holly Adams Ansari in Portland; Mikala and Mana out in Hawaii, Kawika Crivello in Molokai; honestly I could work on this list for days!

What was your best paddle travel trip?

OC so far Maui!

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