Arturo’s relationship with the ocean started when he was ten years old and his cousins taught him how to surf in El Palmar Beach in Panama. He has built his reputation by sharing his passion for the ocean, not only within the surfing community, but also during his scuba diver years, when he was an active PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, and most recently since he started practicing Stand Up Paddle Boarding/Sup Surfing and began contributing to a developing Standup Paddle community in Panama.

Arturo is a committed activist for adaptive SUP and he has worked on numerous projects to maintain his country’s vibrant Standup Paddle community active. He is the founder & owner of Standup Panama, a company that offers equipment advice, classes, trips near the Panama Canal Waters and tours all over the Republic of Panama.

“I feel the most alive, when I’m in the ocean…I also love photography, traveling to new places, seeing different cultures and looking for good waves to Surf. The ocean has always been the place that I recharge my soul” he says. Arturo is 47 years old, happily married, father of 2 and lives in Panama City, Republic of Panama.


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