In December of 2015 my life changed when my mother passed away from a brain aneurysm. It was like someone ripped my heart out and beat the shit out of me with it. I would not believe that in her early 60’s I would not even be able to say goodbye to my own mother. Shortly after her funeral, I realized, how in the hell was I going to make a living, My wife and I worked for her company. Both of our incomes came from working for my mother. Then, my giant tax bill came “kick in the head”, I had owed back taxes because, well, I am not an accountant. As I was getting all this crap taken care of more shit piled up on me. Dad had a heart attack “he is ok now”, and of course the weight gain. Yes, in all the depression and all the crap going on in my life I was gaining weight because I just ate my feelings. Many other things snowballed on me throughout 2016, hole in roof, busted rain gutters, wet walls in the house, yeah, complete shit storm. But, that is all petty things that only caused speed bumps in the already shitty year. Around the middle of May, I gave my friend Shane Perrin a phone call to just talk to him about stuff, to help me get my mind off of things. Shane is a very motivational and inspirational person, so I knew he would cheer me up. I told him about everything going on in my life and he listened. It was then that he told me that he wanted to help me change my life for the better. Like I said above, he was going to build me a paddle board that had the capability to hold my weight and he was going to train me to become an ultra distance paddler. I was floored that someone would want to help me do this. Not only did he say he would build me a board, he said it would be an honor. While in shock we decided to name this board “Makuahine’” which means Mother in Hawaiian. My getting healthy was going to be in memory of my mother. Three reasons we did this, one, It was my mother and a great way to honor her, two, it was going to be the mother of all SUP boards ” 13.6Lx36w” and three, if I did not get my butt in shape my mother would most likely send a lightning bolt down across my arse……
Since Shane building me my first board 3 years ago things have exploded around me. In 2017 I paddled in the MR340, a race from KC to STL on the Missouri river. After I finished the race I knew what I wanted to do with my life. So enter Show Me SUP.
I wanted to bring what changed my life to the masses. In May of 2018 I opened up Show Me SUP Paddleboard rentals and lessons. My wife and I own and run the company and we work hard to provide a fun and goofy atmosphere while still giving our clients a professional experience.
We are a goofy couple along with our paddling friend’s things even get goofier, however, we love people and we love people who love the water.