Joseph Di Chiacchio
State of Tennessee Probation and Parole Officer by day, Joseph Di Chiacchio was originally born in Washington D.C. but has also lived in: Washington State, California, Georgia and Tennessee. A strong believer in the positive effect of balancing physical activities with other aspects of life, Joseph has participated in a variety of sports and activities including among others: cycling, music, martial arts, kayaking and surfski.
He currently spends the majority of his time between the surfski and martial arts and is always looking for an opportunity to race or otherwise share his love of ski paddling with others.
Myrlene R. Marsa
New to competitive sports, Myrlene grew up on a lake in Michigan where she learned to canoe as a child. She began sea kayaking several years ago, but was frustrated by the difficulty in being "independant" to kayak at her pleasure, due to the heaviness of the boat and countless safety concerns. Joseph introduced her to the surfski in the summer of 2014, and she immediately fell in love with the ease of the sport. She can carry and load her boat by herself and she can get a full body workout. For kicks, she decided to enter a race and loved it so much she now works diligently to improve her skill. In her non-paddling life, she practices criminal defense law, has a son, age 17, enjoys time with her family, Joseph and his sons, does yoga, reads, teaches her dog to kayak and finds excuses to be outside in good weather.