Ambassador Profile: Brittany Parker

Khala Cloths is excited to launch a new blog series where we profile our amazing brand ambassadors. First up is a blog personally penned by stand up paddle (SUP) champion and environmental activist, Brittany Parker. If you are intrigued by what you read you can learn more about her on our Ambassador's page here.

Surfing Pipeline on the Lochsa River     Photographer: Heather Jackson

Surfing Pipeline on the Lochsa River     Photographer: Heather Jackson

Hey Khala Cloths community, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Brittany Parker and I’m a whitewater stand up paddle, river surfer, van lifer, nomad, and mother nature lover. I have just recently jumped on board with Khala Cloths and am so excited to represent a company that’s a champion for the planet.

Natali Zollinger and I getting ready for our RVR 2 RVR clinic

Natali Zollinger and I getting ready for our RVR 2 RVR clinic

My season has just begun and it’s going off in full force. Myself and business partner Natali Zollinger are currently making our way up to Bend, Oregon for our first RVR 2 RVR clinic. This is one of a few that we’ll be doing across North America. We travel to local river communities and teach people how to successfully and safely navigate their local waterways and surf their river waves. It’s a very exciting job and allows us to really immerse ourselves into all of the different communities. Following Bend we’ll be making our way back towards Utah and Colorado to teach a weekend clinic in Boise, Idaho. If you’re interested in joining us or just want to come say “hey” when we’re passing through your town visit our website www.rvr2rvr.com to view our full schedule. We’ve also got lots of swag to give away so if you see us flag us down or come say "hey" for a hat, koozies, and stickers.

Dropping into rapid 12B on the Zambezi      Photographer: Chantelle Melzer

Dropping into rapid 12B on the Zambezi      Photographer: Chantelle Melzer

The river has changed my life significantly. I’m obsessed, I’ve got the bug. When I travel, I travel with purpose and that purpose is almost always to paddle or surf something. Along with my business I work for a rad stand up paddle board company called Badfish Stand Up Paddle based out of Salida, CO. They make boards that charge through whitewater and surf river waves like a dream. My work allows me to the live a mobile and free lifestyle that suits me perfectly.

When I’m not teaching or participating in a whitewater event I’ll be surfing. In most cases the river surfing season exists within a very brief window. When a wave comes in you can bet I’ll be hopping in the Sprinter and driving two to 15 hours to catch a waves window. Aside from the surfing the chase is half the fun.

Surfing at Skookumchuck in British Columbia      Photographer: Heather Jackson

Surfing at Skookumchuck in British Columbia      Photographer: Heather Jackson

I’m currently writing this in a trailer in Santa Cruz, California while the rain falls. Yesterday I paddled out to catch some waves and ended up catching nothing but some close encounters with gray whales. We drank champagne on the beach while the sun went down and slept next to the PCH in a pull-off that overlooks the Pacific. Not every moment on the road is this blissful but it’s these moments that make peeing in a bucket, ice baths in the rivers, and being woken up in the middle of the night for illegal parking worth it!

This is the life I have chosen for myself and I do not live with an ounce of regret. To follow my travels you can visit my blog at www.bpsups.com and for details about our clinics visit www.rvr2rvr.com.

 

Paddling in the Uji Canyon in Japan      Photographer: Zach Mahone

Paddling in the Uji Canyon in Japan      Photographer: Zach Mahone