Team Rider Karen Mirlenbrink published in Athleta!

From living on a sailboat to hand shaping beautiful, one-of-a-kind paddles, EJ truly embraces the YOLO lifestyle. He first got involved in Stand Up Paddling (SUP) in the summer of 2005 and hasn’t stopped ever since. While spreading the YOLO stoke and lifestyle worldwide, EJ will help shape the future of the West Coast race scene, assist with future research & development and play an integral role in YOLO Board’s new California headquarters and distribution center.

EJ is a true pioneer of the sport, excelling in the elite SUP racing circuit over the past five years with consistent finishes within the top five major races throughout the U.S. and abroad. A familiar face paddling the 14′ division, EJ has many SUP achievements under his belt including most recently 1st place in the Da Hui race in Hawaii, 1st in the 50+ and 3rd overall at the race of the Lake of the Sky in Tahoe, and 1st at the Tommy Bahama Santa Monica Pier race.

Growing up in Southern California, EJ has mastered everything from body building, pottery, skilled wood working craftsmanship and of course, SUP. EJ’s hobby is crafting artistic, handmade custom wood paddle masterpieces for SUP enthusiasts (branded Johnson Big Stick).


San Diego, CA


14' Sokudo Race
12'6'' Orange Crush
8'6'' Sokudo Surf


Your Mother Vageen, CA