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Jenny Kalmbach

Professional Stand-up Paddler

Jenny Kalmbach

Professional Stand-up Paddler

After learning to paddle in 2006, Jenny quickly fell in love with the sport and earned distinction when, as a complete unknown, she won the inaugural Battle of the Paddle in 2008. She soon followed that victory by winning the prestigious 32-mile Molokai-2-Oahu race, prompting Standup Paddle Magazine to name her one of the world’s elite paddlers. In 2010, she and fellow paddler Morgan Hoesterey set out on a mission to raise awareness for plastic contamination in the ocean. Their adventure, Destination 3 Degrees, spanned nearly 300 miles and crossed all the major channels in Hawaii, including the 82-mile Oahu to Kauai channel.

2008 Battle of the Paddle champion

2009 Molokai-2-Oahu champion

Two-time Carolina Cup runner-up


Favorite Movie

“Love Actually”

Favorite Book

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo

Favorite Cause

Plastic Pollution Coalition

Favorite Snack

Dark chocolate peanut butter cups

Kid Goals

Marine biologist



The Garmin Women of Adventure campaign celebrates athletes such as Jenny Kalmbach, who competes and inspires others to find balance.

Jenny’s Favorite Device

VIRB® Ultra 30

“Because VIRB adds data to my videos, I can look back and see myself in real time and use that in my training. It’s also allowed me to capture and share incredible moments, like an underwater encounter with dolphins.”
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