Christian Cook

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Christian now lives in Saint Petersburg, FL, with his wife Cindy, and his three boys: Kaleb, Noah, and Max.

Christian is a Personal Fitness Trainer, World Paddle Association (WPA) Certified Level 3 Instructor, Certified Lifeguard and is CPR/AED/First-Aid Certified.

Christian began surfing in 2006, stand up paddling in 2007 and outrigger canoe paddling in 2010 and has been hooked ever since. He is passionate about being active, and helping others get paddle ready.  In 2007, he developed his unique training approach for himself, and now shares Cross SUP® with his athletes, which promotes personal water performance development.

Christian is sponsored by Yolo Board, Garden of Life and Kayracks and is always looking forward to his next adventure.


Q&A

WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO IN LIFE?
Family steady

WHAT DOES FAMILY STEADY MEAN?
Always put family and friends first and everything else falls into place.  Paddling together allows you to be  part of something bigger than yourself.

HOW DO YOU TRAIN?
Every athlete’s training regimen is unique; I train some of my athletes in the gym once a week, others even more on and off the water.  Personally, I train every day in various intensities and disciplines.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Inspiration is an unpredictable gift. Sometimes it’s when people accomplish impossible dreams, but for the most part something as small as someone running in the rain motivates me to no end.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST MEMORABLE RACES?
Molokai to Oahu, Maui to Molokai, Chattajack, Florida Cup, Causeway to Causeway, Sharkbite, Blackburn Challenge.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO?
Putting my training to the test.