Kacie Wallace

Kacie Wallace

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 law professor, and now Athlete Ombudsman. 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, to commit to health, discovery and the community, and to blur the lines between passion and profession reflected her own goals, and SUP soon became Kacie’s passion and pursuit.

As a member of the YOLO Board Race Team and enthusiast of the mission of YOLO, Kacie’s paddle adventures have taken her into the Molokai Channel, up the coast of Maine, around islands in Hong Kong, down the Tennessee River, through the lagoons of Brazil, on the waves of Costa Rica, and 306 miles up the coast of North Carolina.

Combining exploration of the world via a YOLO board works out well with Kacie’s career. She is the Athlete Ombudsman for the U.S. Olympic Committee, travels to all Olympic and Paralympic Games to support Team USA, and works with elite athletes on a daily basis to protect their rights, and assist with resolving disputes in the Olympic Movement from anti-doping issues to sponsorship to selection to Olympic and Paralympic Teams to field of play issues. Kacie is on a mission to try each Olympic sport and, in return, share the joy of paddling with the athletes with whom she works.

Kacie supports the education of girls in Nepal and summited Mera Peak (21,500 ft.) to raise money for The Little Sisters Fund. She serves as an Ambassador for the Ocean Recovery Alliance and competes in endurance swimming and paddling events to raise awareness about ocean health and sustainability.

Home Town

Durham, NC

Board

12’6” Predator
14’ Predator
YOLO inflatables to travel the world

Favorite place to paddle

NC Inter coastal waterway
Coast of Maine
Chattanooga River

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Q&A

IN WHAT PLACE DO YOU FEEL MOST INSPIRED?

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 (attempted), grit, and gratitude. WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO IN LIFE? A dog doesn’t stretch before it chases a car.

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