As early as he can remember, Anthony has always loved the ocean. His parents would take him and early on Anthony taught himself how to stand up on a boogie board. Neither of his parents surfed or really knew anything about the ocean so Anthony and his brother were pretty much on their own.
Anthony participated in many different organized sports, but always enjoyed surfing the most. But living so far from the beach, it was hard to get to the beach as much as wanted. It was such a blessing when in 1994 Anthony became an ocean lifeguard and for the first time in his life had daily access to the beach. He learned how to paddleboard, surf ski, and bodysurf waves all the way onto the beach.
In 1998 Anthony competed in the World Lifesaving Championships as part of the US National Lifesaving team, then went on to represent the US in many surf racing events around the world including: Japan, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and Florida. In 2000 Anthony began competing in the longer distance traditional paddling races, and through the years has won paddle races on 10’6”,12’ and 18’ traditional (prone) paddleboards.
Then Stand Up Paddling came into Anthony’s life. The first week on my his board Anthony paddled for countless hours with blue whales off the coast of Redondo Beach, California. Looking down on these majestic creatures he realized the unique vantage point that standing on a board presented when paddling. Like many, Anthony was instantly hooked.
With the help and support of his sponsors, in his first year of racing and surfing on a SUP Anthony has enjoyed some good results. A few highlights are winning the Carolina Cup, winning the SUP surfing in the San Clemente Ocean Festival, and working my way through the 64-person trials and into the main event of the Stand UP World Tour event in Huntington Beach.
Anthony is looking forward to sharing his love of the ocean with as many people as possible. His goal in life is to be in the water as much as possible. Enjoy the ocean.