Jessica Melger | Adventurer & Paddleboarder & Artist

Hails from Orlando, Florida

When I first started stand up paddle boarding over five years ago It was a means to get out, have fun with friends and meet new people. I was in a deep depression and didn't know it, with very few outlets. Little did I know that a good friend offering to take me paddling for the first time would completely change my life forever. I am in Afghanistan war veteran suffering from PTSD. I was diagnosed after serving in Afghanistan in 2005.

Standup paddle boarding opened the door to an entirely new way of life that I never knew could be possible. My life today is stress-free because of stand up paddle boarding, no medications needed. It is also full of so many wonderful people that I would not have found without it.

Today my life is full of so much love and beauty that I enjoy sharing it with others, spreading that Aloha all over the damn place!!! Adventures are always just around the corner. I'm always planning a new trip to somewhere cool. Florida, my home state, has so many beautiful places to paddle and explore. I also love to travel to far off lands to seek new adventures usually around paddle boarding but I'm open for anything. I love to Reach Beyond the Shore daily....

I'm also an artist with many outlets. My work can be seen on Werner Paddles, ECS Paddle Boards and any other custom items I think need that artistic touch. I love bright colors with a passion.

Fun Fact: I am originally from the U.K. But my family moved to the states when I was a baby. I only just recently became a citizen. Haven't paddled in the U.K. Yet but I will soon. My mother is British and my father was Indonesian. Im an island girl all the way.