Candice Appleby featured on ESPN.com
Appleby stars in SUP, gives back, too
For 27 year-old professional waterwoman Candice Appleby, going to the office means throwing on a bikini and hitting the beach. Work trips are usually to vacation spots such as Australia, Hawaii, Peru and Brazil, and her corporate jargon includes more beach speak (stoked) than board room buzzwords (synergy).
But don’t let the blonde hair, tanned skin and laid-back surfer lingo fool you, the 5-foot-9 Appleby is a serious professional athlete, one of the world’s best at the fast-growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).
“The great thing about SUP is you can do it anywhere,” Appleby said. “You don’t need waves; all you need is water.”
In the world of stand-up paddling, Appleby is Abby Wambach, Serena Williams, Brittney Griner and Danica Patrick all rolled into one. She’s talented, fiercely competitive, tremendously well-respected and a true ambassador of the sport. Oh, and she’s also not afraid to leave the guys in her wake.