Effective immediately, the executive director of Surfing America, Greg Cruse announced the new 2016 Coaches for the USA SUP/Paddleboard team and key addition to Surfing America Board of Directors.  

  • Erik Logan – Surfing America Board of Directors Member – SUP/Paddleboard Committee Chair
  • Brody Welte: Head Coach and SUP Race Coach
  • Dave Boehne: SUP Surfing
  • Steve Shlens: Paddleboard

“I’m pleased to announce our 2016 Coaching staff for the USA SUP/Paddleboard team and a key addition to our board of directors. This group of individuals deepens our overall coaching experience in all disciplines and leverages the invaluable experience they all have from our Gold Medal win in 2015, either as a coach or participant,” announced Greg Cruse.

“It is a special opportunity to be a part of the next chapter of the USA SUP and Paddleboard team. We have a substantial but exciting task in front of us to create the infrastructure needed to cultivate and develop the best athletes from the US,” said Brody Welte.  Welte added, “I look forward to working with an outstanding group of coaches and athletes to propel us into the future and hopefully someday the Olympics.”

Dave Boehne to Coach SUP Surfing Athletes

Dave’s 30-year competitive career in all disciplines of surfing and his focus for the last 10 years in SUP, have made Dave one of the most consistent competitive SUP surfers in the US.  Boehne’s talents are consistently on display as he still often achieves the finals in the largest SUP surf events every year, as evidenced by his recent finals appearance at Steamer Lane during the Santa Cruz Paddlefest this year.  

“I am honored and excited to have been selected as the new Surf Coach for the USA SUP/Paddleboard team. We’ve assembled a great crew that is committed and determined to bring this team and program to new heights that everyone can be proud of. I realize I have some big shoes to fill with the departure of my Coach, Ian Cairns but will rely on my experience working with athletes and as a member myself of the 2015 Gold medal team,” said Dave Boehne

Steve Shlens to Coach Prone Paddleboarders

Steve Shlens is a traditional or prone paddleboarder living in Santa Barbara, California.  Steve grew up with paddling in the 80’s competing in sprint events on the West Coast, East Coast, and Hawaii as a state and national champion.  In 2015, at 45 years old, Steve was an integral part of the gold medal winning US Paddling Team.  He’s now thrilled to transition into the position of paddling coach for the team and is looking forward to more adventures and success with this group of athletes.

Steve Shlens comments, “It’s a distinct honor and privilege to have been asked to help out the USA SUP/Paddleboard team as a paddling coach. The camaraderie developed in Mexico was an experience I hope to pass on to future generations of paddlers, as well as advice and assistance to succeed.”  Shlens adds, “We all have an opportunity now to elevate not just US paddleboarding but worldwide paddling into the next realm with hopes of eventually achieving Olympic inclusion. The talent pool across the globe is staggering and it would be incredible and deserved to see that talent pool celebrated on the world stage.”

New USA SUP/Paddleboard Team Advisory Panel

Additionally, Greg Cruse announced a USA SUP/Paddleboard advisory panel that will be used as a resource to assist our coaches and Surfing America in gathering information, varying points of view and development of ideas on key decisions about the advancement of the sport.

Commenting on the formation of the panel, Greg Cruse added, “The goal with this panel is for Surfing America to be more inclusive than ever before about gathering all the voices in SUP, so our coaches and the Board of Directors will have a much wider field of view on the issues and opportunities.  We will be announcing this panel in the coming weeks.”

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