Ryan Knysh is a professional stand up paddleboard athlete from Alberta Beach, Alberta. Ryan discovered paddleboarding while on a trip to Hawaii and was instantly hooked. He started in the sport four years ago when a shoulder injury ended his fighting pursuits and a promising five year Mixed martial arts career. Most of that time was spent in the King of the Cage organization where he attained a title in the 135 pound division in 2011.
Knysh has had great success in paddleboarding thus far. He’s competing in paddleboard events along the west coast of Canada and the United States, including the largest paddleboard event in the world- the Pacific Paddle Games in Dana Point, California. Knysh has now achieved a dream of his since finding the sport: being named to represent Team Canada at the ISA (International Surfing Association) paddleboard and stand up paddleboard World Championships in Fiji in November 2016.
In his relatively short SUP career, Ryan has already been sponsored by several companies including Infinity Surfboards, Quickblade Paddles, Performance Paddling, Maui Jim, and Paddle Fit. He spends time during the winter in California to access more training to try to take his performance to the next level and is mentored by some of the sports greatest athletes. He won his most recent event held in Calgary, Alberta on August 7th, 2016.
When he is not competing, Ryan can be found as a Real Estate Agent, teaching paddleboarding in his hometown in the summer, or snapping pictures as an Outdoor Photographer. He also enjoys driving camping, attending paddleboard events and going hiking. Knysh became a first time father in May and is now competing for more than himself.
Despite the support he’s received from sponsors, there are still many costs associated with representing Canada in the ISA World Games competition that leave gaps in Ryan’s funding. Let’s help Ryan out as he continues to chase his dreams and achieve great success in paddleboarding! The goal value includes the cost of giving Ryan's unique givebacks. Anything above the goal will go to help extend a training camp, pay the amazing filmmaker Brent Deal from eyeDealpictures,and his coaches and nutritionist that helped him get to this point!