In 2015, years before the current bans and restrictions on Stand Up Paddling (SUP) in the Grand Canal, Eric Noel Muñoz experienced an amazing adventure on the waterways of Venice. He traveled with his inflatable SUP board and three-piece paddle and was based at a waterfront studio on the Grand Canal. Eric paddled every day and some nights on the iconic Grand Canal and also on the intimate back canals. He felt it was a privilege to experience Venice from the deck of his SUP. SUP Venice has numerous photos and his YouTube channel (@SUP_Venice) has 27 video clips that will bring the sights and sounds of the Venice canals to life. While facing modern challenges like flooding and intense tourism popularity, Venice warrants attention, understanding, and respect.
"My story aims to share the magic that I felt, paddling in the wake of Marco Polo. I hope you enjoy my story of how Venice forever touched my heart.
—Eric Noel Muñoz
A lifelong native of coastal southern California, Eric Noel Muñoz has a degree in geography from San Diego State University. His professional experience includes being a staff city planner with the city of Carlsbad, and a land use consultant based in San Diego County, California, including work with the Port of San Diego. Community and environmental activities include the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, California Surf Museum, California Shore and Beach Preservation Association, and Wildcoast Mexico Conservation Committee. Eric has been fortunate to experience cultures and waves ranging from Polynesia to Latin America, Indonesia, the Caribbean, and Europe.
His other books include Caulerpa Conquest: A Biological Eradication on the California Coast, and a children's book, Peli Can Surf, also in Italian, Peli Fa Surf. He also has an animated TED video about the California Caulerpa eradication: Attack of the Killer Algae on YouTube. Eric hopes to use travel and storytelling to inspire current and future generations to care for coastal areas around the world.