Kacie embraced the world of SUP with the same zest and passion that has led her on a career path that includes roles as varied as artist, designer, filmmaker, police officer, attorney, mediator and law professor. A vivid dream of paddleboarding between Hawaiian Islands, despite never actually paddling before in real life, inspired Kacie to try the sport. Two weeks later, a chance encounter introduced her to YOLO Board, at which point she realized that her dream was both a vision and a calling. The spirit of YOLO to live life with passion and to blur the lines between passion and profession reflected her own goals and SUP soon became Kacie’s passion and pursuit.
With a background in long distance open water swimming, Kacie is driven by the allure, grace, serenity, and power of the ocean and enjoys being challenged by the skill and endurance required to navigate the unpredictable conditions that come along with SUP. She is a member of TeamKattouf, a team of endurance athletes, and trains for long distance SUP events and adventures. Her most recent racing accomplishments include third place in the 2011 Carolina Cup, second place in the 2011 James River Paddle Challenge and fourth place in the 2011 Sandbridge Hei Hei.
Kacie serves as an Ambassador for the Ocean Recovery Alliance out of Hong Kong and uses her paddleboarding adventures to explore and promote healthy and sustainable oceans. She resides in Durham, NC and currently teaches at Duke, UNC and NCCU School of Law, and serves as a mediator for the United States Olympic Committee and an ombudsman for Paralympic athletes.
On the water and in the sunshine with creative, compassionate, and driven philanthropists, leaders and athletes.
What song would best characterize your motto?
“All I Can See” by Brendan James, “I Stand” by Idina Menzel, and “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Lewis Gordon Pugh who swam at the North Pole and in a glacial lake on Mt. Everest to raise awareness about global warming, Doug Woodring who through his ocean adventures and initiatives is helping to keep our oceans swimmable and sustainable, Ian McKee whose passion for soccer and sustainability has translated to promoting green sporting venues for the Olympic and World Cup Games throughout Brazil, and Trevor Patzer whose vision for change now provides for the education of over 1,000 girls in Nepal.
What would you consider your greatest achievement?
Creating a life where I can pursue passion and profession simultaneously.
How would you describe your style?
Grace, grit, and gratitude.
What’s your motto in life?
A dog doesn’t stretch before it chases a car.