April Zilg

April is a professional paddler in Stand Up Paddleboarding and Outrigger Canoe, her specialty is ocean racing in tough conditions. Recent accolades include: APP World Tour, World Vice-Champion 2019; 2019 Gorge Downwind OC1 Women's Champion; New York SUP Open, Overall Women's Champion 2019; 1st Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, Women's Technical race, SUP 2019; Pan American Surfing Games SUP Race Women's Gold Medal 2018; 2nd Carolina Cup, Women's Graveyard SUP 2019; 1st Carolina Cup, Women's Graveyard OC1 2018.

When did you first get involved with Salt Life?
I've been involved with Salt Life since 2017 when I started to pursue competitive paddling, although I've been living the Salt Life and using their gear since I started paddling in 2011.

What is your favorite hobby when you’re not living the Salt Life?
I love homesteading! I really enjoy gardening and growing my own food, especially to dehydrate and pack my own meals for ultra-distance paddling expeditions, or for longer overnight camp/paddle trips. I find a lot of joy in working in my yard with my hands in the dirt....

What is your favorite category in the Salt Life line?
My favorite Salt Life gear are the long-sleeve performance hoodies to keep my skin protected when I'm out in the sun all day long.

How would you spend your dream day?
My dream day consists of waking up early for some fresh fruit and yoga, followed by a fun surf session. After that, I'd eat a second breakfast before relaxing in a hammock to read some books about training and physiology for paddling. After lunch, I'd do an afternoon workout in the ocean before winding down for the day and enjoying a taco dinner with paddling friends. The perfect combination of work and recovery!

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