Josh Ryan paddles FAST! Originally from Sydney, Australia, Josh Ryan moved to California twenty years ago. Working as a merchant seaman and carpenter allowed him to travel extensively around the world, always with boards in tow. Josh discovered prone paddling while living in San Diego. Upon moving to San Francisco, he quickly realized it was the best form of cross training for surviving the hectic conditions of places like Ocean Beach, Mavericks, Nelscott Reef and Jaws. Josh is the proud father of two teenage boys and a Yorkshire terrier named Normy. In 2017 he had 2 podium finishes, multiple personal best times and completed his first crossing of the Molokai channel. He receives additional support from Cream Surf Co. AUS, Lyle Carlson Surfboards and Hess Surfboards.
Josh began his paddling career as a Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguard. He started competing at the regional level in team and distance paddling in the early 90’s and has remained a competitive force to be reckoned with. Josh grew into a well rounded water athlete adding surfing, diving, and fishing to his repertoire while continuing to paddle and share his love of the ocean with others. As a founding member of the Ghostryders Watermens Club, Josh has helped bring legendary events to Northern California such as the Davenport Downwinder, the West Cliff Challenge, and the 24-Hour Paddle Fundraiser. Josh is a proud husband and father of 3 (look out for Kyle, Lily and Summer, strong paddlers in their own right) and recently competed in his 2nd Molokai2Oahu and finished 2nd in his age group along with teammate Josh Ryan. Josh is also the owner of TRADE Paddleboards.
Kyle grew up in San Diego, California playing every sport he could. Injuries took a toll and Kyle eventually discovered paddling as a way to rehab from back surgery. Since then the passion for the sport has driven him to paddle and compete all over California and Hawaii. Kyle has completed 5 Catalina Classics (2 stock and 3 unlimited), 2 solo Molokai2Oahu crossings and has had podium finishes in some of California’s downwind and flatwater races. He continues to paddle and surf with the NCP crew in San Diego. He lives with his wife Emilee and sons Maverick and Griffin. Kyle is a high school basketball coach and he and his wife are both full time teachers.