Professional Whitewater Athlete, Adventurer & Engel Ambassador
Spencer Lacy is a 27-year-old pro athlete who, as a pioneer of the emerging yet “out there” sport of whitewater stand-up-paddling (SUP), does everything he can to live original. The Boulder, CO native travels from river to river as the snow melts over the summer months, pioneering fresh stretches of whitewater untouched by SUP and surfing every standing wave in his path. His 1991 Toyota Previa – that he paid a dollar for – doesn’t have a shower, but he’s in the water every day, so it doesn’t matter.
Lacy comes by his love of water honestly as he started spending time on rivers with his family from the age of five, and, from then on, his summers were filled with rafting trips and kayaking. It was his father, Gary, who encouraged Lacy’s passion. Gary is president of the Recreation Engineering and Planning (REP), a company dedicated to building in-stream whitewater recreation parks around the country. Lacy, who earned a civil engineering degree from University of Colorado, works there in between SUP trips.
It was in 2013 that Lacy was introduced to whitewater stand-up paddling by Mike Harvey, co-founder of Badfish SUP. At that time the sport was in its infancy. Because of all his experience on rivers growing up, Lacy was a natural and fell in love with the sport, helping to push it into the spotlight. He has since gone on to become a top athlete in the sport, winning most of his competitions, including the GoPro Mountain Games and completing a six-day, 226 mile, self-supported SUP descent of the Grand Canyon. Most often by Lacy’s side is his brother, Mason, who is also a whitewater adventurer. In fact the brothers own a converted, full-sized school bus often seen cruising down I-70 full of friends who share their love of adventure. Mason’s bachelor party consisted of 20 days of 10 guys rafting through Alaska’s frozen landscape in search of ski lines.
Lacy is motivated by finding things that have never been tried before and pushing the limits of his abilities and what is possible. Lacy says that the more unique an adventure I can envision, the better. This he said after re-watching a viral video of himself SUP-sliding down an iceberg in the middle of nowhere. Live original, indeed.