Brianna Orams could be a name we hear a lot more in the future. Aged just 19, the Auckland-based paddler is already a world junior SUP champion. She is also hoping to make an impact environmentally as founder of the Blue Carbon Project.

The daughter of marine ecology professor and two-time America’s Cup sailor, Mark Orams, Brianna has always had a close bond with the ocean. Mark saw some of the first SUP paddlers during a trip to Hawaii. On his return to New Zealand, he spotted an abandoned windsurf board in Auckland and built a DIY SUP paddle. For Brianna it was a first rudimentary introduction to the sport. She discovered the racing element of SUP later, when she saw the SUP racing event at her local Takapuna Beach Series. Since then, she’s become a multiple NZ national champion and ICF Junior World Champion SUP paddler. More than that, she just loves being on the water.

Brianna is a paddling and environmental ambassador for Starboard SUP and studies ecology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. This is why she paddles.

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Source: Starboard SUP