A semi-retired architect/builder residing in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, Rand has a long history with competitive paddle sports. From whitewater to open-water racing, the progression to SUP began when he heard about a race in Chattanooga in October 2011.  The whole race experience was great fun, and it fit his abilities.  From that day on, Rand has been on the podium in nearly every race he has paddled in.   He most recently placed 1st Overall in the 9.5 mile James River Challenge, 1st in SUP Sidney, and 1st in the SUP Splash Jam.

Rand was drawn to the sport of standup paddleboard racing as it tests his strength, balance, endurance, and concentration.  He is grateful to be part of the YOLO team because it provides camaraderie and support by connecting paddlers who share enthusiasm, creativity and knowledge to promote the YOLO lifestyle.

What is your motto in life?
Be grateful for what you have.Who or what inspires you?
My two sons, who have set high standards in everything they do.

What would you consider your greatest achievement?
Blending work, play, and family into a lifestyle with few regrets.

What is your greatest indulgence?
You can’t have enough toys, especially the ones that are fun and keep you fit.

What do you value most in life?
Family and good health.