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Dan Gavere

Dan Gavere

Date of Birth:



Hood River, OR.USA


Whitewater, Wave, Race, Foil

Board Setup:

Rapid Air, Strike & Falcon, Stubby Foil, Flow S1 Foil, ProWave


Daniel Kilkelly Gavere was born in El Torejon, Spain while his father was serving in the US Military as a meteorologist for the Airforce. It was in high school that he developed a deep passion for whitewater kayaking and made it into a career as one of the first full time kayakers in the sport. Fast forward to 2007 after moving to Hood River to follow his Kiteboarding, Biking, and Kayaking passions he was introduced to SUP. Immediately he fell in love with the connection to the water and feeling it gave him. He wondered what it would be like to try Whitewater while standing on the board and after a few sessions on his local rivers he realized the fun and the challenge it offered. He immediately started dreaming of where he could go and what he could do and since has been pushing the limits of the sport to find his dreams a reality. Not only is Whitewater SUP a passion for Dan but he enjoys racing and was a top ten finisher in the very first Battle of the Paddle Race in Dana Point California in 2009.

Competition ranking you’re most proud of:

I don’t prioritize any particular contest results but more importantly to me is the fact I helped whitewater SUP become a respected niche in the sport by being one of the first to get on the river and charge whitewater standing up on a board. If I had to pick one result it would have to be 1st Overall Sup Champion at the 2017 Outdoor Mix festival in France because it was a combination of whitewater, downwind and sprint racing and for that I am happy to be a well-rounded paddler.
Your favourite contest and why: My favorite contest is the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail Colorado at the beginning of June each year. As far as I know it was the First ever contest to offer cash prizes for whitewater SUP and we have some amazing courses on a very technical and challenging creek.
My Favorite SUP adventure so far has been to explore the Soca River Valley in Slovenia because ever since I heard of the this river 20 years ago(as a kayaker) I dreamed of paddling on its crystal clear water.

Number one on your bucket list:

Explore rivers in Portugal

Soundtrack of your life:

1. Coming Down the Mountain - Janes Addiction
2. Iron Lion Zion - Bob Marley
3. Change - Blind Melon

I love …

being outside and the water

I hate …


When I go partying…

I’m considered a light weight

As a superhero I would…

turn all of our guns into rainbow candy canes

If you could be an animal, what would it be?

I would be an otter in the river

If you could be a character from a movie, who would you be?


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Best results

  • 2017

    1st Place Overall SUP Outdoor Mix, France, Whitewater, Downwind and Flatwater Sprint

    Top Ten Open Distance and Sprint Race Pacific Paddle Games

  • 2016

    1st Place Whitewater SUP Championships Outdoor Mix, France
    1st Place Distance and Course Race Pacific Paddle Games (Open Class 39-49) California

  • 2015

    3rd Place Down River Sup Sprint (GoPro Mtn Games, Vail, Colorado)

  • 2013

    1st Place Down River Sprint (GoPro Mtn Games, Vail, Colorado)

  • 2012

    Most inspirational paddler award Battle of the Paddle, Dana Point California

  • 2011

    1st Place Down River SUP Sprint (GoPro Mtn Games, Vail, Colorado)

    1st National Whitewater SUP Champs, Colorado

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