Born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, Abby Brown grew up immersed in beach culture. Starting out as an accomplished surfer, Abby tested out prone paddling because there weren’t waves in Santa Barbara during the summer and she wanted to find another way to spend time in the water. She quickly fell in love. The rookie paddler has been referred to by many as the “Prone Prodigy” and her competition resume is that of a seasoned legend. During the 2016 season Abby won two of the most prestigious paddle races, Molokai to Oahu and Catalina Classic. On any given day, Abby is in the ocean, its where she finds inner strength and calmness and feels most at home. Keep an eye out for Abby, as her incredible career has just begun.
Abby Brown By The Numbers
Crossing the finish line at the Molokai 2 Oahu paddle and hearing over the loud speaker, “And the new World Champion is Abby Brown!”. Emotions hit me all at once, I never dreamed I would get to paddle Molokai let alone finish at the top of my division. Then to have my family and friends the at the finish was the icing on the cake.
First Memory Paddling:
My first love is surfing, but in Santa Barbara there isn’t much surf outside of the winter months so I tried paddle boarding during the long summer flat spells. The more I paddled the more I liked it.