If you’ve attended a paddle race in the Southeast, particularly in Florida, then chances are good you’ve seen waterman, Mark Cowboy Thomas, either pass you or on the winners’ podium. This Kite Boarder, SUP and Outrigger racer, donning his trade’mark’ hat, takes his cheers in stride crossing the finish line.
We finally pinned down Cowboy after an impressive win at Shark Bite Challenge. “With years of athletics, in particular martial arts, and a love for guitar, I needed a sport where I limp less and move easier. I started Stand Up Paddle Boarding about seven years ago, added Outrigger, and now feel like I’ve got a sport I can carry far into the future.” About the hat? “It’s more about attitude. A shift from the attitude of ‘can’t’, to the positive ‘can do’ that becomes contagious.”
Cowboy’s admitted favorite part of paddling? “The non-judgmental, go with the flow people is the best part. As long as I’m still getting better, you’ll keep seeing me at races.” So the next time you see Mark, his custom camper truck, determined SUP or outrigger paddle in hand, ‘stylin hat(yeah he pulls it off,) join in on the chorus. Go Cowboy!