DOB: B 1980
Born: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Home Town: Coldstream, BC Canada
Favourite Vaikobi item: VCold and Ocean active UV Tights
Lina Augaitis, originally from Ottawa, ON Canada now lives and trains in Vernon BC Canada. Lina spent much of her youth as a competitive gymnast. In 2003 after a move out west she began exploring outdoor adventures beginning with rock climbing, then trail running, mountain biking and backcountry skiing. By 2007 Lina was competing in triathlons, marathons, and adventure races. In 2010 she discovered the sport of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) by chance, while visiting California!
She has since established herself as one of the world’s top female standup paddlers and we are stoked to have her as part of the Vaikobi race team. She has built momentum with wins around the world in 2014, she became the ISA World Champion in Nicaragua (Distance), the "FASTEST FEMALE PADDLER ON EARTH" (2014and 2015), 2014 Battle of the Paddle Distance and overall champion as well as the Overall 2014 World Series World Champion. She is also the first Canadian female to complete Molokai 2 Oahu and the first Canadian SUP Champion (14ft). In 2016 she won the ISA World Championship Sprint race and became the first female to officially complete the Yukon River Quest (750km race).
In 2015 and now 2017 she has given birth to two beautiful children and has enjoyed her new life as a mother alongside her other careers. She hopes she can continue to motivate and inspire regular SUP enthusiasts or enthusiasts-to-be through her ability to connect as a mother, wife, friend, athlete, and teacher. Lina is also a certified school teacher and is a teacher at her local secondary school. When she's not paddling, Lina loves traveling, mountain biking, trail running, backcountry skiing, adventure racing, and camping.
Lina is involved in SUP in many aspects. She is the SUP director for the Canadian Surf Association (under ISA). A Director of BC SUP CUP series. She began teaching a morning SUP fitness session throughout the summer in Vernon. She coaches a small but awesome group of young SUPers throughout the summer. She has taught and continues to teach clinics and private lessons around BC, Canada and internationally.
Major International Race wins/Accomplishments to date:
2014 ISA GOLD Distance World Champion
2014 World Series Overall Winner (now called APP)
2014 Battle of the Paddle Salt Creek Distance and Overall winner (now PPG)
2014 and 2015 Fastest Paddler on Earth winner Germany Lost Mills
2015 Bilbao World Cup winner
2016 Yukon River Female Champion
2016 GOLD ISA Sprint World Champion
Past SUP Expeditions
2011 first to SUP the 750km of Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson Yukon Canada
2012 First to paddle from Koh Lanta to Phi Phi Island Thailand via SUP
2012 First to SUP a 6 day canoe circuit in Algonquin Park (with portages) Ontario Canada
2014 Part of a group to SUP Vancouver to Victoria 3 days expedition 160miles crossing the Georgia Straight.