Hank Pantier

Riding waves through the mountains

Hank Pantier
Riding waves through the mountains

SmartWool’s own Anne Wiper featured in The Wall Street Journal

Biking, running and skiing only get you so far in the mountains. When it comes to moving across water, stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to travel, for both first-timers to the sport and seasoned veterans. Just ask Anne Wiper, SmartWool’s vice president of product. Wiper has been paddling for six years, bringing her own inflatable stand-up paddleboard on trips around Colorado, and as far away as Turks and Caicos, and Maui.

Wiper recently chatted with *The Wall Street Journal* about her SUP routine. “Stand-up paddleboarding is really complementary to all of the other sports I do,” she said. “It’s great for core strength and the paddling works my shoulders and upper arms.”

Wiper is no stranger to the outdoors. Besides paddleboarding, she also swims with her local Masters Swimming team, runs and hikes outdoors, and does bootcamp-style workouts with a trainer. In the winter, she competes in snowboard races, spending most weekends training on the slopes. It helps her stay in shape, plus offers plenty of opportunities for good old-fashioned product testing.

 
 

She started stand-up paddleboarding on a trip to Turks and Caicos, and was immediately wowed with the new vantage point – from a kayak, the view into the water is fairly shallow, but from a stand-up paddleboard, the view opens into the ocean’s depths. She also enjoyed the freedom it gave her to explore: now she can swim further out into the ocean, with her sons paddling at her side. They have water and snacks and a place to rest if she needs a break, plus it’s safer since they’re standing and so are visible to boats. “I love the versatility of it,” Wiper said. “You can be on rivers, lakes, oceans, waves of flat water. Anyone in the country can do it.”

She recently completed a race along the North Shore of Maui with friends, paddling up and over giant waves, and she’s also planning a river trip on the Colorado River. “For me, the paddleboard is a great tool to do a lot of different things,” Wiper said. “It gets you places you wouldn’t normally go, and gives you an amazing view.”