A lifetime outdoor enthusiast, runner, skier, paddler and surfer, Bodie Shandro first embraced the sport of Stand Up Paddling in 2008, immediately recognizing the fitness benefits of a sport that combined all of his passions!
Since then he has instructed thousands of “first time” “aspiring” and “elite” enthusiasts and athletes how to SUP from his home on beautiful Heffley Lake BC, in California, Australia and the Caribbean.
Now at 57 years old, Bodie is considered a veteran SUP competitor. Bodie is one of the first Canadians to have raced in some the world’s most prestigious and demanding events, including the Battle of the Paddle California and Hawaii, Paddle Royal in Puerto Rico and WhaSUP VI in St Thomas! On July 31st 2011, Bodie became one of the first Canadian stand up paddleboarders to successfully navigate the “Channel of Bones” in the SUP World Championship 32 mile race from Molokai to Oahu!
Bodie is a ASI “Master Certified” SUP instructor by the World Stand Up Paddleboard Association, and was one of Paddle Canada’s first Instructor Trainers, and is a PSUPA, Professional Stand Up Paddle Association Advisor, Trainer. He is a Professional Ski Guide, Mountain Bike Association Certified Instructor, holds a current First Aid and CPR Certification and is a registered Fitness Leader with the BCRPA.
The skills and experience that Bodie has accumulated through his world travels and from the camaraderie of the some of SUP’s elite athletes, surfers and adventurers has resulted in his development of one of the most comprehensive Instructional Stand Up Paddle Programs in the world.
During the off season Bodie works as Backcountry Mountain Guide and Avalanche Educator in beautiful British Columbia.