MEET THE TEAM

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Jessie Benson Owner

What’s your favorite spot to paddle in B’More?

Inner Harbor and around Fort McHenry.

What’s Your Motto In Life?

Dream big, follow your passion and never give up! I love this quote by Nelson Mandela: “There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Why B’More?

B’more will always be home. It is where I was born and raised and it is where I will raise a family. As much as I love to travel the world and explore new places, I love the sense of community, the seasons, our ability to be at the beach or in the mountains in less than 3 hours and I love that my family lives here!

Who or What Inspires You?

My mom- she is the most giving and self-less person I have ever met. The beach also inspires me…when I am there I feel full of life, I take time to enjoy every sunrise and every sunset.

In 2020 I commit to Be More….

Grounded.

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Heather Hatfield SUP Fitness Instructor

What’s your favorite spot to paddle in B’More?

Right out of our own back yard at Tide Point! Close second fav’s are from B’moreSUP/ Hard Yacht Cafe and on the Magothy River near Pasadena.

What’s Your Motto In Life?

YOU are your only limitation- challenge yourself to do more!!

Why B’More?
The fitness community is super strong here! You don’t have to look very far for inspiration and motivation because so many people are doing amazing events, trainings, and classes right here in B’More!

Who or What Inspires You?

People who are dedicated and passionate about doing what they love- whether it’s fitness or business related!

In 2020 I commit to Be More….

OPEN! …to new experiences and opportunities

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Katie Ficca FloYo Instructor

What’s your favorite spot to paddle in B’More?

By far the inner harbor…when you are out there surrounded by the city you love it is a magical thing. To see Baltimore from the water is beyond beautiful and to be some of the first few fearless folks to SUP B’More is pretty amazing!

What’s Your Motto In Life?

Live passionately…
“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” -Nelson Mandela

Why B’More?

I love B’More because it was where I was born, where I feel most real, and can be most me. The people are genuine and passionate. The community has heart.

Who or What Inspires You?

My kids and fear inspires me to brave the unknown, to show them that anything is possible.

In 2020 I commit to Be More…

Free!

B’MORE SUP Staff: Dave
Dave Janiszewski SUP Instructor and Race Coach

Years Paddling: 5

On my summer bucket list:

To compete in an ocean SUP downwind event.

In 2020 I commit to Be More….

Be more present in each moment.

B’MORE SUP Staff
Laura Thurston SUP Instructor

Years Paddling: 5 years

On my summer bucket list:

Paddle to Pier 6 for a concert!

In 2020 I commit to Be More….

Adventurous…open to new experiences and opportunities.

SUP Bootcamp
Shawn Brown FloYo Instructor

Years Paddling: 3

On my summer bucket list:

Run the Missoula Marathon

In 2020 I commit to Be More….

Focused and dedicated

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Courtney Lawrence Yoga, Pilates, Barre Instructor

Years Paddling: 5 years

On my summer bucket list:

To complete a paddle board race by the end of the summer

In 2020 I commit to Be More….

Connected to the things that bring me happiness!

BMore SUP Staff: Amber
Amber Viel FloYo Instructor

Years Paddling: 4 years (consistently)

On my summer bucket list:

Spending as much time as possible with my feet in the ocean!

In 2020 I commit to Be More….

Accepting of the present moment.

BMore SUP Staff: Emily
Emily Knaus SUP Social Leader

Years Paddling: 5

On my summer bucket list:

Whitewater SUP (Round 2!)

In 2020 I commit to Be More….

Spontaneous!!