OUR MISSION AND VISION
Sea Lion Boards is focused on building a community of like-minded paddlers and adventurers, that together through our collective efforts can instil a sense of responsibility within the SUP community to protect the very environment we play within. We inspire adventure on water.
We’ve paddled lakes, rivers and oceans, gone on multi-day and week-long adventures and during this time watched how other brands have been doing things within the industry. One thing became very clear - there needed to be a wholehearted change at the brand level as the industry itself didn't reflect the passion or the lifestyle it's paddlers carry. In 2017 we launched Sea Lion and have been tirelessly developing and innovating our paddle boards, paddles and accessories. We didn’t want to just produce high quality products designed for paddlers by paddlers, but also design and create the most sustainable paddle products on the planet that reflect this passion and love of the water environment. We shall always push to be the most innovating SUP brand and at no point will sustainability or quality be compromised at any level of the Sea Lion business.
WHY SEA LION
We at Sea Lion Boards don’t just love to paddle, we love the places we paddle. At the very heart of this brand lies a deep connection to these waterways and through our partnership with 1% for the Planet we are committed to donating a minimum of 1% to help organisations keep our oceans clean of plastic for all to enjoy. We are creating a Tribe of paddlers who like us want to adventure on water and protect the places we paddle.
Meet the tribe...
Will, the jack of all trades when it comes to business and design. Would probably win the apprentice if he wasn't too busy being a nerd or playing rugby. His love for egg (rugby ball) chasing has seen him described as a poor mans Martin Johnson, but certainly a better looking one. With a talent for droneography and photography, he knows his fair share of tech... just not as much as Zak.
Favourite beer: Whitstable Bay
Favourite colour: Green
City of birth: Hong Kong (No joke)
Favourite movie: Love Actually
Favourite artist/band: Genesis
Favourite album: E.L.O - All Over The World
Favourite song: Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Zak BenjaminCo-Founder/Creative Director
Zak, the creative maestro (that loves Chelsea a bit too much). Has received the golden boot award 7 years running since 2011. He is either scoring screamers, making bad beats or designing and creating stunning content. He is an artist on and off the pitch.
Favourite beer: Brooklyn Pale Ale
Favourite colour: Blue
City of birth: London
Favourite movie: Back To The Future
Favourite artist/band: Floating Points
Favourite album: Dusky - Stick By This
Favourite song: Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days
Species: New Zealand Sea Lion (rāpoka/whakahao)
Fun Fact: Has a full-time career as a professional model after appearing on the front cover of this year's NZSLT calendar!
On top of that - Horace was the main inspiration behind the Sea Lion logo (as you can tell)
Birth Place: Mystery location that only mum Huru knows
Tag #: 10002
Cory 'Rosie' LeisNorth America/Board Development
Cory, affectionately known as Rosie, is an outdoor adventurer and lifestyle photographer from the ‘not so small anymore’ hamlet of Whistler, BC, Canada. Work tends to get in the way with this fun-loving chap, at any moments notice he’s in his VW Van, boards loaded, tunes cranked on his way to paddle somewhere out of the way, more often than not to surf. Cory’s brought his environmental ethos and creativity into the heart of the design of Sea Lion boards. He’s much funnier than the UK boys, and quite a handsome devil.
And our adventure ambassadors...
You won’t find Becky far from the sea! Growing up on the South coast of Devon, Becky is a true water girl and spends her weekends exploring new places on her SUP in Devon and Cornwall. She shares her experiences of supping on her blog and thrives on getting people started on their supping adventures!
“What I love about supping is feeling like you’re walking on water, it’s so relaxing, when I’m paddling, my mind clears and I’m just so happy! Nothing beats a relaxing day on the water, I believe the ocean is the best therapy you can get!”- Becky Dickinson
As a cold-water enthusiast, come rain or shine I’ll be on the water looking for surf or an adventure. For me there is no feeling that comes close to loading up the van and heading to the beach.
A regional rep for Surfers Against Sewage here in the South East of England the ethos Sea Lion Boards has towards their brand and the products they are innovating feels like a perfect fit.- Martin Francis
Growing up near the coast and always having the opportunity to visit the beach has played such an important part in my life, My family were never really fond of the sea. But for some reason that’s where I felt most alive. When I’m in the sea I immediately feel magical and there is a sense of awe and wonder that can’t be found anywhere else.
With this love for being around the coast and in the sea I couldn’t help but see the enormous pressure our waters were under, from plastic pollution, sewage and climate change. For all the joy the water has brought me, it was time to give back and help in any way I could. I wanted to campaign and help protect the coastal environment through raising awareness of how we important and incredible special this place was so I joined Surfers Against Sewage and a regional rep to run beach cleans, campaigns, school talks, and events. I then joined British Divers Marine Life Rescue as a medic to help protect our marine life, which mainly consists of helping our seal colony. Which is why I love Horae so much! Through all this I became an passionate ocean activist and I want to support brands that are doing there bit for our planet. With such a strong sustainability message it’s an absolute pleasure to join The Tribe!- Rebecca Gillmore
I spent a lot of my childhood swimming at Exmouth beach, which is where I found my love with the ocean. You may see me flying down the ski slope or free diving along the south west coast. I don’t let my deafness stop me from achieving big things such as skiing in the USA, cycling the Norwegian fjords or climbing all 14 peaks at Snowdonia mountains in 2 days. Love a challenge!- Sam Pyne
Usually found in the water, at the gym or behind a camera chasing sunsets. His love for Watersports started growing up on the beach at Bantham. Combining this with his love for travel, he has been all over the world Surfing and Wakeboarding and continues to fly around the globe any chance he gets. Also he is always pushing the limits of his Video/Photography and is a 2 x GoPro Award Winner.- Ben Ward
I’ve always loved immersing myself in nature. This is where I recharge my batteries. Paddleboarding has changed my life in ways that it opened up a new world of discovery. The opportunity to get out there and explore places I never thought I would experience and admire the natural beauties of this world from the water. It’s an amazing way to bond with people, other cultures and our environment. It has deepened my love and connection of the ocean, lakes and rivers. Everyday, it inspires me to live my life more sustainably and I wish I can inspire others to do the same. I am so proud to be part of a tribe of like minded individuals who shares many of the same values and have embrace the joy that SUP’ing can bring.- Karine Choiniere
The feeling of paddling through areas that had before been thought of as inaccessible to the SUP crowd. Recognizing that you are both totally inconsequential to, and have an opportunity to profoundly affect, the unique water ways of our world. Sharing, fortering an appreciation for and educating others about this special bond we can achieve. These are the things that first inspired me to be a SUP enthusiast.- Chris Glavin
I have always been a water - baby. Being immersed in or on a body of water takes me into a state of mind where nothing else matters . It’s the natural flow and movement of water that carries me and it also teaches me how to live my life and to just "go with the flow". I was lucky to be introduced to SUP 10 years ago and after my first paddle stroke there was no turning back. The sweet freedom it offers is undeniable from paddling glassy lakes, down rivers and down winders, surf ing Ocean waves to touring from campsite to campsite and sea life exploring . My SUP even takes me to my yoga practice and not to mention provides me the best afternoon siesta bed I can ever ask for.- Marie-Soleil Boisvert
The sense of true exploration has fuelled Todd’s passion for paddling. He has helped pioneer the sport of whitewater SUP in Western Canada and has collaborated on a number of different SUP expeditions — from multi - day river descents to wave - hunting, open - ocean epics and extended family adventures in several countries throughout the world. His passion for discovery of new places and friendly faces has taken him to 62 countries and counting, most recently with SUP and paddle in hand. Seeking new places to paddle throughout the world and in his own incredible backyard in British Columbia is where his heart lies.- Todd Lawson
WANT TO JOIN US?
We're always looking for more energetic, passionate and stoked paddlers to join the adventure. Are you a Brand Ambassador? Think you have what it takes to be part of our Tribe? Contact us find out how you can paddle with Sea Lion Boards.