About Nicky Stimpson

Nicky Stimpson found her passion for the water as a young girl rowing a dinghy up and down her grandparents’ lagoon in Forked River, NJ. Years later she went on to become a 4-year rower & swimmer at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. After falling in love with the sport of rowing she went on to coach rowing for the next 17-years. The bulk of her career was an 11-year stint as the Women’s Assistant Rowing Coach at the US Naval Academy.
2013 was the first time Nicky stepped onto a Stand Up Paddle Board and her enthusiasm for SUP only grew from there. After joining Mantra Fit’s weekly race league in the summer of 2016, Nicky has become a regular on the Annapolis SUP race scene. In 2018 Nicky became a certified Instructor with the Professional Stand Up Paddle Association PSUPA and is now an Instructor Trainer with the association.
When she’s not playing on the water Nicky can be found at Chesapeake Light Craft working as their Sales Manager, rowing & paddling many of their designs, and even camping in their popular Teardrop Camper. She also teaches Row Strong, an indoor rowing class, on Monday morning’s at 5:30am at Mantra Fit in Severna Park.


  • 4 Year Collegiate Rower – Washington College
  • 2 Years Women’s Assistant Rowing Coach – Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  • 11 Years Women’s Assistant Rowing Coach – US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • 4 Years Director of Rowing – The Gunston School, Centreville, MD
  • Current Member of USRowing Coastal Rowing Committee
  • PSUPA Level 1 Flat Water Certified Instructor
  • PSUPA Instructor Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR & First Aid Certified
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