Richard Balta is a very well respected competitive spearfisherman that has dominated most spearfishing competitions in southern California as well as some national ones for many years now. He holds numerous world records and has many winning titles under his name. He is a part of the biggest Spearfishing club in the nation the Los Angeles Fathomiers, and dives for the most reputable spearfishing gear manufacture in the world RIFFE INTERNATIONAL. Richard feels more at home on and in the water than he does on land. He travels all around the world looking for the most pristine waters and hunts some of the most elusive fish in the world. His respect and love for the ocean is unmeasurable. Richard believes one of the key aspects to be the best at what you love is to be super comfortable and feel at home while doing it, and I truly believe that the proper gear plays a big roll in that.
One of kayaking’s rising stars, Ben has taken a spot in the front line of the sports progression. Pushing the limits of freestyle and venturing on high profile international expeditions is what makes the 25 year old small town boy stand out from the rest. A nomination for Tribe’s “Rider of the Year”(www.rideroftheyear.org), and 2nd place at the White Water Grand Prix, top his list of accomplishments for the year.
Terri Plunkett grew up in sunny Southern California and is a self-proclaimed "Nuclear SUP Surfer" which is a combination of Nuclear Medicine Technologist and SUP Surfer. She is a fierce competitor in races that have taken her all over the globe. She is constantly training and hopes to be an inspiration to other women to follow their hearts and dreams.
Lena Jovanovic is a freediving champion. She's an actress by trade and a successful sales agent. In only two years she broke 12 National freediving records in six disciplines and won a medal in the World Championships. She fears no depth, loves speed and looks forward to any challenge.
Linden Wolbert is a professional Mermaid who produces an on-line show for kids called "The Mermaid Minute." Her wish is that any child with computer access may enjoy free ocean education programming which teaches them to explore, love and protect our oceans! She is an avid diver and lover of oceans. We are honored to have her as a very special Wotter(mer)man! www.mermaidminute.com
Belar Diaz in an amature SUPer who has been winning all kinds of SUP races in Spain and the rest of Europe and Africa since 2011. With all of the exposure he has gotten from winning races all over the world, he was selected to go to the ISA World Championships in Peru to represent Spain. He is Mooie Bueno!
Adrienne Levknecht is our totally awesome woman extreme whitewater kayaker. She has won the Green Race in NC five times in a row, was voted Canoe and Kayaks "Female Padder of the Year", and been a US Freestyle kayak team member two times. Kayacking is her passion as well as traveling and enjoying life to the fullest.
After retiring as a Professional Nurse, Babara Hillary became fascinated with arctic travel. She found new challenges learning snowmobiling and dog sleding in the United States and Canada. During this time she became aware that no African-American woman had reached the North Pole. On April 23, 2007, after overcoming many obstacles Hillary reached the North Pole. By 2011, she also reached the South Pole being the only woman in her 80s to ever reach both poles.
Maile G. is our gromette Wotterman from Carlsbad. She loves surfing and travels far and wide for good surf. We saw her tearing it up one afternoon at Lowers with overhead sets. Her style really makes her stand out in the line-up. She doesn't do competitions because she is one of Jehovah's witnesses and doesn't want anything to interfere with religious activities. She compares being in the ocean to being in space with no gravity where you can float around.
These local boys love to go to the beach and body board together. The goal is for all of them to get on the same wave and ride it in! The more friends at the beach, the better!
Isaiah, age 9, spent his summer in the water from the east coast to the West coast. He just started to surf after getting more comfortable in the water. Pizza is his favorite food and blue is his favorite color. The weirdest thing he thinks adults do is talking to each other.
Voss, age 8, is a natural surfer. He stood up on his board the first try and rode it in old school style. He is a bit afraid of the waves, but is trying to face his fears by body boarding with as many friends as he can get to the beach. His favorite color is “fire.” His favorite food is spaghetti.
Noah Z , age 7, loves to skate, surf and body board. However, he is also a killer dancer. One of his most recent awards was first place at his school talent show for a hip hop dance he did to “Celebrate.” If he could be any animal, he would be a weasel.
The Water Polo Player
Jason, age 11, is a Wotterman all the way through! When he isn’t playing water polo, he is paddling or surfing. He won 2nd in his division at the last Powerhouse Paddle Race in Del Mar prone paddling. His mom’s Christmas Tacos are his favorite thing to eat. If he could be any animal, he would be a dolphin!
These brothers are always at the beach…can you tell by the bleached blonde hair? I have seen them run at top speeds from the car to the waves so they don’t waste any time. And they really tear it up out there!
Cal, age 8, is already an accomplished surfer having won the La Jolla Shores surf contest AND 2nd place with WSA. If it were possible, he wishes he could be a dog so that he could enter dog surf contests too! When he is eating his favorite food, mac and cheese, he often ponders why adults shave, because he thinks it is strange.
Seabass, age 10, beat out his brother by a few points by getting first place in the La Jolla Shores Surf Contest. When he isn’t surfing, he is skateboarding or dreaming of surfing more at Lowers, his favorite surf spot.
Finn, age 12, is an awesome conversationalist! He loves to draw pictures on his surfboard, when it is not in the water, and can’t stop thinking about going to Hollister Ranch this weekend for a spectacular surf session he has planned. He is also hoping to get his favorite cheeseburger at The Habit.
These guys have been hanging at the beach together since they were babies…brothers from another mother…
Dean, age 15, just got his drivers permit and is very excited to be able to drive himself to the beach two to three times a day for a session … then stopping at Carina’s for his favorite taquito burrito! When he is not surfing, he is thinking about surfing or shaping a board in his homemade board shaping room in his back yard. He has total surfer brain.
Wyatt, age 17, is usually with Dean going to the beach. Often he brings his Holy Bible with him for a quick read before going out. He is an accomplished athlete off the beach as well being an all-star baseball player and an awesome golfer winning his church’s golf tournament 4 times. He is also a really a good wake boarder. What can’t you do, Wyatt?