Hobie SUP was recently contacted by Emelia DeForce, a Research Associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Emelia was on her way to Antarctica on research, and as an avid stand up paddler at home, Emelia wanted to try stand up paddling Antarctica. Due to obvious travel contraints and extreme conditions, a conventional sup wouldn't work. After some careful discussion with the crew a Hobie SUP , she was outfitted with Hobie's new 10'8 Adventure Inflatable SUP.
Here is a great field report from her first Antarctic SUP adventure
To SUP or not to SUP - Emelia DeForce
Emelia DeForce - Photo: David Johnston
I was invited a year and a half ago to join an Antarctic expedition as a scientist. I am a microbial ecologist meaning that I study microscopic organisms in nature. The Long Term Ecological Research study that I joined has a goal to better understand how global climate change is affecting our planet. Our group consists of microbiologists, biological and physical oceanographers and marine biologists specializing in whale, fish, and penguin research. We are spending 28 days off at sea working to understand the Antarctic marine ecosystem and its response to climate perturbations. We are also joined by a film crew from Rutgers University who will be making a documentary on our expedition as a means to improve public awareness of our work, and of Antarctic climate change in general, keep posted on that front!
Hobie has been an integral part allowing me to continue my avid love for water sports during this expedition through the production of the latest inflatable SUPs. I said to myself “what’s better than trying one of these suckers out to push the extreme limits on myself?” Pushing the extremes became a reality when safety issues crept up due to the top of the food chain in Antarctica posing real threats. The Leopard seal is large and in charge. I am so not interested in making friends with one of these guys! As it turns out, there was a single Leopard seal in the small inlet on Adelaide Island, Antarctica where I SUPed. I geared up and paddled out to have folks on land hollering at me “Emelia, Leopard seal, there’s a Leopard seal!” I made very quick eye contact with the seal and decided that there will be bigger and better opportunities to make this happen, besides, there were other better looking animals to hang out with and photograph.
Stay tuned for more to come!
A barrier between Emelia DeForce and her SUP - Photo: David Johnston
Elephant seal on Adelaide Island, Antarctica - Photo: David Johnston
Adelie penguins on Adelaide Island, Antarctica - Photo: David Johnston
The SUP party is over when this Leopard seal makes an appearance - Photo: David Johnston