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Why do I love the life I lead? That was one question I kept asking myself while being overly caffeinated and driving a total of 30 hours across the country solo. The main reason I feel blessed to travel is I am constantly learning. If it's figuring out a new trick, getting a life lesson I won't forget, or just realizing there are highs and lows in competing, and that if I am happy I can give more love to those around me on and off the water. The weeks following team trails were been busy with a SUP race in Chattanooga, TN, surfing the dries, and Richmond River Rocks. 

Chattanooga Event was the first in flat water SUP race. The week of the race I spent a lot of time doing yoga and trying to work out my sore muscles from freestyle kayaking for months prior. It helps when your friends are yoga instructors. The race was above the Chickimagua dam and the dam was releasing water from all the rain so it made the course difficult since the water was overflowing. I was surprised with being sick and not having spent much time on a race board that I was able to race fast and take 1st place.

After racing I boogied to squeeze in a week in West Virginia. Paddling with good friends on the Dries for the first time and catching 5 boat on the Gauley at perfect levels. Spending time in West Virginia soul surfing for hours a day really revived my paddling. I had one of my best days play boating at 5 boat with a super goofy crew just trying new tricks and being silly.

Photos by Lisa Marie

Photos by Lisa Marie

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About Haley Mills: A modern river nomad hunting out whitewater while living in her truck. In the past few years she has become one of the top female paddlers in Freestyle Kayaking and whitewater Stand Up Paddling. She is currently ranked 5th in the World for Freestyle Kayaking and the US Point Series Championship. - See more at: http://www.chacos.com/US/en-US/Blog/Article.mvc.aspx/cbb49208-bddf-405e-a653-0e6462f81923#sthash.k2U2fb29.dpuf

 

 

About Haley Mills: A modern river nomad hunting out whitewater while living in her truck. In the past few years she has become one of the top female paddlers in Freestyle Kayaking and whitewater Stand Up Paddling. She is currently ranked 5th in the World for Freestyle Kayaking and the US Point Series Championship. - See more at: http://www.chacos.com/US/en-US/Blog/Article.mvc.aspx/cbb49208-bddf-405e-a653-0e6462f81923#sthash.k2U2fb29.dpuf

About Haley Mills: A modern river nomad hunting out whitewater while living in her truck. In the past few years she has become one of the top female paddlers in Freestyle Kayaking and whitewater Stand Up Paddling. She is currently ranked 5th in the World for Freestyle Kayaking and the US Point Series Championship. - See more at: http://www.chacos.com/US/en-US/Blog/Article.mvc.aspx/cbb49208-bddf-405e-a653-0e6462f81923#sthash.k2U2fb29.dpuf

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