It doesn’t hurt that the sport has telegenic stars like Kalmbach, with bewitching brown eyes that are quick to glint with self-irony. If Kalmbach is any guide, elite paddleboarding has a shot not only at continuing to surge in popularity from its modest beginnings, but also at offering examples of athletes who can be passionate about both a demanding sport and the global challenges we should all be thinking – and doing more – about.
— Steve Kettmann The Red Bulletin October 2011

Wings Spread & Water Below 

Jenny was born and raised in Costa Rica. After graduating high school in San Jose, she moved to Vancouver, Canada to attend the University of British Columbia. In 2005, after graduating with a degree in psychology, she moved to Kona, Hawaii. It was in Hawaii that Jenny first learned to stand up paddle and she soon fell in love with the sport.

In 2008, Jenny won the inaugural Battle of the Paddle, emerging as a complete unknown to take the win. She followed that up by taking the win at the prestigious 32-mile Molokai to Oahu race, prompting Standup Paddle Magazine to name her one of the world’s elite paddlers. In 2010, she and 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. 

Paddling now for eight years, she has established herself as one of the sport’s most high profile and recognizable racers. She was named the 2011 Female Paddler of the Year, has made the podium nearly every race she has entered and is currently ranked as one of the top paddlers in the world.  The evolution of the sport and her abilities has Jenny looking into the future for the next greatest adventure.