‘My Home Run’: Discover Backyard Whitewater by Standup Paddleboard

Whitewater SUPing can be found nearly everywhere. It’s about your love for the sport, who you’re with, and a whole lot more that makes a river truly feel like home.

NRS’ “My Home Run” series is about just that — paddlers exploring and sharing their home runs (as in rivers). The latest episode features Tito Onyekweli and a run in Pittsburgh’s Stonycreek watershed.

“[Paddling] allows me to cope with life. Life is stressful,” Onyekweli wrote. “Being Black in America is really stressful. Having a place where I can just know that I can relax is like nothing other.” For Tito Onyekweli, that place is on the river.

“I am the kid who is still playing in the creek,” he said. “Now, it’s just with all this fancy gear. And I’m doing it a safer way, in the sendiest way possible.”

Some background: Onyekweli learned to SUP on the Potomac River. But now, as a student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, new rivers like Stonycreek are his whitewater home.

Want to watch him get sendy? Watch the 3-minute film.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has been writing professionally for more than six years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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