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Ian Smith is the founder and lead instructor at First Waves and SurfSUP Adventures. Since 2011, Ian has designed and executed standup paddleboarding and conservation programs for the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The National Whitewater Center, The Wounded Warrior Project, the YMCA and more.
In addition to his work as an instructor and guide, Ian is a standup paddleboard athlete and writer. His work and videos have appeared in the American Whitewater Journal, SUP the Mag, The Paddler, Boarders Mag, and the Standup Journal. In 2015, the Pittsburgh Business Times included him in the “Fast Trackers” awards for his innovative work in youth programming and standup paddleboarding. Additionally, in 2016, Whirl Magazine included Ian in their “30 Under 30” feature.
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Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Uli Inflatable SUP Boards
Hydro Flask water bottles
Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
Banff, Alberta, Canada
The Sprout Fund
Supporting innovative ideas that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh
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Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music: Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org