Ian Jacobson, Owner/ Instructor/ Enthusiast Cultivator
Hails from: Chicago, IL
Ian is stoked to be sharing his passion and love for the water with the city of Chicago! Ian is a true board sports enthusiast! In addition to his love for SUP he is an avid Snowboarder, Surfer and Wakeboarder, as well as a lifelong hockey player. After his initial introduction to the sport while surfing in Hawaii, he was immediately hooked on SUP! He saw it as a way to catch smaller waves on Lake Michigan and a fun way to get out on the water on flat days. When he decided to start a company 7 years ago with a dream and an idea, few people in Chicago knew what a paddle board was, and many critics told him not to waste his time. But Ian knew he was on to something and truly believed people would share in his passion and love for the sport and stopped at nothing to make his dream a reality. To date, his company has introduced over 25,000 people to the sport of SUP and he looks forward to getting you on the water soon!
Eli Lebovics, Instructor Manager
Hails from: Los Angeles, California
Eli brings some west coast flavor to the Chicago SUP scene! Growing up in Southern California, Eli is an accomplished surfer, and uncharacteristic of his state of upbringing, a skilled ice hockey player. With 20+ years of surfing experience and 7 years of SUP instruction under his belt, Eli is the type of guy you want in the water with you! Eli and Ian met over 10 years ago while surfing on the Great Lakes and their similar interests and passion for the water blossomed into a lifelong friendship. Eli has been with Chicago SUP since its inception in 2009, and after taking time off to help raise his 3 young sons, is excited to make a full time return to the beach crew for the 2016 season! We're stoked to have him on the team!
Addison Wemyss, Instructor/ Water crew
Hails from: Lake Norman, North Carolina
Addison is a good ole southern boy from North Carolina. He has taught paddleboarding for the past two years on his hometowns lake, Lake Norman, while on summer break from college. He is currently studying at Appalachian State University and pursuing a double major in Commercial Photography and Public Relations. He loves to travel and in the fall flew across the Atlantic to spend a semester abroad in Belgium. He also love big cities and so he jumped at the chance to spend his summer in the city of Chicago. You can see his smiling face on the water instructing, at the beach launching boards, or in the hut helping customers.
Hails from: Portland, OR
Bryce is excited to help introduce more and more people of Chicago to the exciting sport of SUP. On top of his SUP experience, Bryce comes from a background of wakeboarding, snowboarding, and surfing all around the Pacific Northwest. He has been instructing both wakeboarding and snowboarding for many years and really enjoys both teaching first timers as well as helping riders progress and reach their goals. This is his first season with Chicago SUP, and we look forward to having him on the team!
Josh Ben-Dashan, Water crew
Hails from: Chicago, Illinois
Josh is the youngest member of the Chicago SUP team but brings a ton of real world water experience to the crew. Don't let his Midwest upbringing fool you, Josh has surged some of the preeminent spots worldwide including places such as Bali, Fiji, and Hawaii. He comes from a surfing family. For years his family has been coming down to North Avenue Beach to get in paddle practice before their surf trips. Now that he's old enough we're pumped to have him join the team! Josh is currently a student at Whitney Young High School and is excited to share his stoke for all things water with you!
Kristy Hamilton, Beach crew
Hails from: Oak Brook, Illinois
Kristy is another new friendly face at Chicago SUP this season. As a recent graduate from Trinity University in Texas, Kristy is bringing some southern hospitality to our front desk. This girl loves to learn and is diving right in to the SUP lifestyle. An avid adventurist, Kristy has hiked, biked, and backpacked all over the world, and is always looking for something new to see. When she’s not on the beach you might catch her walking her pup along the lakefront, playing flag football in Lincoln Park, or teaching tennis in Evanston. This fall Kristy will be heading down to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to get her PhD at their College of Media.
Hails from: Dover-Foxcroft, ME
Peter has spent most of his summers in the great ol state of Maine! He attends Bates college, a small liberal arts school in southern Maine, and has come to Chicago in search for life direction. The blue waters of Lake Michigan spoke to him one day and that's how he ended up at ChicagoSUP! His love for trying knew things has propelled him into the world of SUPing. Peter's great energy and charismatic smile is a great aspect to the teams chemistry.
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