Sam Griffin


Age: 
24
Occupation: 
farm assistant, sales rep at Crystal lake adventure sports (paddle shop)
Home Town: 
born in North Branch, lives in Arcadia MI

I grew up in a small farm town where my life consisted of dirt roads and bonfires. I would have never dreamed that one day I would find myself in love with the water. Today though I couldn't imagine a life without it. 

 
After moving to north west Michigan in 2013 for an environmental internship, I discovered the sport of paddle boarding and fell in love. Since then I have remained in the area just to be near the water. My two favorite lakes are Lake Michigan and Crystal lake. Crystal lake holds a special place because it is the lake where I first learned to paddle. 
 
When I'm not on the water, Im usually at the farm or in the paddle board shop. I spend most mornings tending to cattle and goats which reside at a local farm that demonstrates sustainable agricultural practices. The cattle are part of a rotational grazing program, and the goats are being used to combat invasive plant species in the area. After chores I head off to the paddle board shop where I spend the rest of my day promoting the sport of SUP and getting people on boards! There is nothing better than getting a first time paddler out on a board and watching the smile grow on their face.
 
Living in a four season state I can't paddle all year round, unfortunately. So in the off season and my rare freetime, I enjoy my other hobbies of hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and running. I am a nature nut, and I love all things outdoors. Because of this, I am very passionate about protecting our environment. I use my many interests and knowledge of the natural world, (I have a degree in wildlife management), to share with others the importance of preserving our natural lands. 
 
Sponsors: Crystal Lake Adventure Sports, xcel wetsuits 
 
Achievements: 
 
2017:
2nd place overall for Midwest SUP series 
 
2016:
1st place- PPG, women’s open technical race, 20-29 age group
1st place- PPG, women’s open distance race, age group 
1st Place - Elite Women’s Race- Paddle Across West Bay- Traverse City, MI
1st Place - Elite Women’s Race- 45th Parallel Paddle Festival- Suttons Bay, MI
1st Place - Elite Women’s Race- Standup Paddleboard Classic- Beulah, MI
1st Place - Elite Downwind Duel- Standup Paddleboard Classic- Beulah, MI
 
2015:
1st Place - Elite Downwind Duel- Standup Paddleboard Classic- Beulah, MI
2nd Place - Elite Women’s Race- Paddle Race Across West Bay - Traverse City, MI
3rd Place - Elite Women’s Race- Standup Paddleboard Classic - Beulah, MI
 
2014:
2nd Place - Elite Downwind Duel- Standup Paddle Board Classic - Beulah, MI
2nd Place - Paddle Run Paddle- Rapanui Power Island (Midwest SUP Series)- Traverse City, MI
 
Quote: “Do things today that others won’t, so tomorrow you can do the things that others can’t.”
 

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