Who is Sophie from the TAIGA club?
I am currently combining my two greatest passions through my work: photography and the outdoors. I am constantly on the road, and I therefore always bring my boards along with me in order to drop them into any new waters that I may come across. Since a vey young age, I have been a fish in the water. Oceans, lakes, rivers are essential to my spirit and body’s well-being, which is why paddleboarding allows me to take in all the beauty of this nature.
When you don’t have both feet in the water, what do you do?
If you can’t find me on the water, I am probably in the water. Haha. No joke though, I am for sure either in the ocean or mountains, whether I am on the road, camping or even in the city. I am outdoors as much as possible, as nature is the central focus of my inspiration.
What is your favorite spot (on the water, obviously) and why?
There are too many amazing spots in Quebec for me to choose just one, but my favourite region to paddleboard is in Gaspésie. There are so many different bodies of water to paddle on. The Bonaventure river with its crystal clear water, the Baie-des-Chaleurs, Forillon Parc with its seals…Gaspésie is an exceptionally beautiful place!
Your go-to TAIGA board(s) and why?
My choice is definitely limited to hard boards. I have a soft spot for the Hana 9’5 for its manoeuvrability and sexiness! I can also surf with it from time to time when the opportunity presents itself. I also love the Borea for its ‘Longboard’ effect and its glide on the water.
If you could choose one ‘dream destination’ for paddleboarding, where would it be and why?
Antarctica!! Yes, I love the heat, but paddling through the glaciers in Antarctica is one of my dreams. Imagine paddling with the walruses, belugas, seals, and penguins or even next to a polar bear…